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En-Primeur

Primeur 2015

 

Buying En Primeur:

 

Buying En Primeur is the method of buying wines before they are released on the market, when the wine is still ageing in barrel. Normally the wines are bottled and  released 18 months after harvest.

The benefits of buying En Primeur are:

  1. To have a chance to buy wines at the initial prices. Price after bottling will usually be higher.
  2. To secure wines that may not be available after En Primeur campaign because of limited quantities and allocations.
  3. To ensure provenance, as wines are shipped directly from Bordeaux once it’s bottled  to us.
  4. To have the chance to choose large format wines – magnums, double magnums and imperials, or half bottles.
  5. To purchase the latest vintages of a Chateau that you have followed for many years.

 

Tasting notes: Jancis Robinson (JR), Robert Parker / Wine Advocate (WA), James Suckling (JS) and Wine Spectator (WS) are indicated on the following pages.

 

Shipping Cost: HK$180 per case. Wines will be shipped either by Air or temperature control sea freight.

 

Price: Please note that the following wines are offered ex- Bordeaux. There is a minimum order of 1 case of 12 bottles (750ml). All price listed below are for regular bottle of 750ml. If you want a special format such as half bottles, magnums or any other larger format please inform us in advance.

 

When do you get the wine?

Usually the wine will be in our Hong Kong warehouse in spring or summer two years after the offer. You will be notified of their arrival and delivery made thereafter.

Order:

If you are interested in the wine listed below please contact one of our wine consultants:

Ivy Tsang at 2926 2179 / ivytsang@jebsen.com



 

Left Bank Right Bank

- Margaux
- Medoc / Haut Medoc 
- Pauillac
- Pessac Leognan
- Saint Estephe
- Saint Julien
- Sauternes / Barsac
- Other Whites

 

- Pomerol
- Saint Emilion

 

Margaux (Going up)

  • Siran  

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  • Alter Ego (JS 95-96, WS , JR 16.5)

    HK$483 / btl (HK$5796 / case)

    Wine Advocate, 

     

    James Suckling, 95-96

    This is very concentrated yet soft and fresh in texture. Full-bodied and round and mouth-filling. So impressive how it fills your mouth yet remains fresh. It’s so framed.

    Wine Spectator,

     

    Jancis Robinson, 16.5

    Very bright dark glossy crimson. Very rich and sweet and approachable. Round and fresh. Meaty. Very, very sweet start and then chewy. Lots going on here but not that much tannin, much less than in most other 2016s. Very juicy.

  • Boyd Cantenac, 3eme cru classé (JS 94-95, WS , JR 16)

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    James Suckling, 

     Extremely dense, fruity and full-bodied, yet it’s also tight and very refined with silky tannins and a flavorful finish. This is something in the making. Best in years. - March 2017

    Wine Spectator,

     

    Jancis Robinson,

     Very dense glowing crimson. Rather farmyard aromas - are we in Chianti Classico? Masses of extraction and slightly syrupy texture but not enough freshness. Out of balance. Drink 2025-2037. - jancisrobinson.com, April 2017

  • Brane Cantenac, 2eme cru classé (JS 95-96, WS 90-93, JR 17)

    HK$509/btl (HK$6108/ case)

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    James Suckling, 95-96

     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.

    Wine Spectator, 90-93

     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. 

    Jancis Robinson, 17

     Dark purplish crimson. Neat, unforced, smells fully ripe. Salty finish and a fine spread across the palate. Bone dry, but not too drying, finish. Cool, unforced and sophisticated. Very competent indeed.

  • Cantenac Brown, 3eme cru classé (JS 93-94, WS 91-94, JR 16+)

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    James Suckling,93-94

     A young red with lovely density and richness defined by currant and light coffee-bean character. Medium to full body and lightly chewy tannins. Lots here in the glass. - March 2017

    Wine Spectator, 91-94

     Focused, with a light brambly frame around the juicy plum and blackberry fruit. Fresh bay and singed juniper notes line the finish. Nicely integrated and showing solid range. Well done. - James Molesworth (WineSpectator.com, April 2017)

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  • d´Issan, 3eme cru classé (JS 96-97, WS 88-91, JR 17)

    HK$462/btl (HK$5544/ case)

    Wine Advocate, 

     

    James Suckling, 

     This is so energetic for a young d’Issan with lots of white pepper, crushed stones and blackberries. Full body, ultra-fine tannins and great length. One of the greatest ever. Superb depth and intensity to this real Bordeaux. Wow. 

    Wine Spectator, 

     Light pepper and savory hints lead off in this bouncy, juicy version, with bright cassis and bitter cherry fruit forming the core. Shows a light mineral edge on the finish. 

    Jancis Robinson, 

     Mid crimson. Vigorous nose. Round texture and really rather admirably relaxed. Certainly not sweet. Quite long.

  • Dauzac, 5eme cru classé (JS 92-93, WS 89-92, JR 16)

    HK$308 / btl (HK$3696 / case)

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    James Suckling, 

     Tight and chewy with polished tannins and a extremely deep and dense center palate of fruit. Minerally and intense too. Really fine and precise. A nice follow through after the excellent 2015. - March 2017

    Wine Spectator,

     There's nice intensity here, with a beam of cassis and cherry preserves racing through, flecked with light anise and bay notes. Fresh acidity is nicely embedded on the finish. A restrained style, and sneakily long. - James Molesworth (WineSpectator.com, April 2017)

    Jancis Robinson, 

     Very deep purple. Some sweet coconutty oak in evidence, which I find a bit off-putting. Then a bit green on the finish. Evidence of some make-up here? Not a comfortable whole. Drink 2026-2038. - jancisrobinson.com, April 2017

  • Desmirail, 3eme cru classé (JS 92-93, WS 89-92, JR 16.5)

    HK$266/btl (HK$3192/ case)

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    James Suckling,

     A chewy and rich red with plenty of currant and black-cherry character. Tannic. Should come together nicely with some barrel aging. - March 2017

    Wine Spectator, 

     A solid, dark, grippy style, with a warm coffee note out front, followed by plum and cassis fruit. Shows lots of velvety, layered structure on the finish. This looks to be a crowd-pleaser. - James Molesworth (WineSpectator.com, April 2017)

    Jancis Robinson, 

     Dark crimson with a slightly weak rim. Very sweet, almost chocolatey oak (like the old Tertre nose). Really nice texture and pace on the palate though. Provided you don't have anything against that aroma, you could take a lot of pleasure from this wine. Drink 2025-2043. - jancisrobinson.com, April 2017

  • du Tertre, 5eme cru classé (JS 94-95, WS 90-93, JR 16.5+)

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    James Suckling, 

     A dense and tight red with currants, blueberries and hints of walnuts. Changes from pure fruit and then back to wet earth. The purity in the cabernet, the linear tannins and the drive with acidity behind it makes it one of the best Tertres ever. Better than 2015? - March 2017

    Wine Spectator, 

     Bright and engaging, with lots of bay, savory and tobacco notes out front, backed by lively plum, cherry and raspberry coulis flavors. The sleek, mineral-edged finish pulls the fruit and herb elements together. Distinctive. - James Molesworth (WineSpectator.com, April 2017)

    Jancis Robinson, 

     Dark with the usual sweet oak nose. Just a little dead on the palate. Round and very well worked tannins but just a little short of freshness. Drink 2023-2040. - jancisrobinson.com, April 2017

  • Dufort Vivens, 2eme cru classé (JS 95-96, WS , JR 17.5)

    HK$391/btl (HK$4692/ case)

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    James Suckling,

     This is really superb with beautiful density and ripe tannin texture. Full body and a round and polished texture. Rich and impressive but all in class. Made from biodynamic grapes. Almost all cabernet sauvignon. - March 2017

    Wine Spectator,

     

    Jancis Robinson, 

     Dark purple. Very wild cocktail of aromas. Real lift and freshness. Racy and very distinctive. There is certainly full ripeness but a more delicate touch than most. Good length. Transparency and undertow. A way ahead? Drink 2026-2043. - jancisrobinson.com, April 2017

  • Ferrière, 3eme cru classé (JS 93-94, WS 88-91, JR 17-)

    HK$296/btl (HK$3552/ case)

    Wine Advocate, 

     

    James Suckling, 

     Tangy and fruity with spice and berry character. Full body, chewy tannins and a tight finish. This will fill out nicely in barrel. From biodynamic grapes. - March 2017

    Wine Spectator, 

     Gentle-edged, with pretty plum and cherry paste flavors, lined with subtle cocoa and roasted cedar accents. Offers a supple, floral-accented finish. - James Molesworth (WineSpectator.com, April 2017)

    Jancis Robinson, 

      Light, toasty nose. Lively and very Margaux. Unforced. Even a bit delicate. Just a tad drying on the end, and far from the most concentrated, but overall quite a pleasure. Drink 2024-2040. - jancisrobinson.com, April 2017

  • Giscours, 3eme cru classé (JS 96-97, WS 92-95, JR 17)

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    James Suckling, 

     This is extremely long and linear with a powerful and refined texture of superfine tannins. Full-bodied, yet so tight and polished. The finish is very, very impressive. Snaps at the end. Better than the 2015?

    Wine Spectator, 

    Bay, savory and iron notes lead off in this energetic wine. Lots of juicy cherry and plum fruit forms the core. Singed alder accents line the finish. There's lots going on here, but this pulls together nicely in the end. Well done. 

    Jancis Robinson, 

     Glowing purple. Concentrated and sappy - real energy here. Glossy and fresh. Really exuberant. Perhaps not one of the most earnestly fashioned for the very long term but a real crowd-pleaser.

  • Kirwan, 3eme cru classé (WA 89-91; JS 88-89; JR17-)

    HK$311/btl (HK$3732/ case)

    Wine Advocate,

    The 2016 Kirwan is a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot picked up 49 hectoliters per hectare between 27 September until 18 October. The nose needed some encouragement from the glass, perhaps not quite as cohesive as I was expecting, angular black fruit with a dash of white pepper. It just felt rather broody and unsettled at this early stage. On the palate, I discerned some hardness on the tannin, rendering this a more masculine Kirwan that will hopefully flesh out once in bottle. With a new winery, I am anticipating great things from Kirwan. This might be a wine that will blossom later than others, so I will keep a watchful eye. Drink 2023-2040

    James Suckling, 

    A fresh and clean wine with currant and wet-earth character. Medium body and a medium finish.

    Wine Spectator, 

     

    Jancis Robinson, 

    Dark purplish crimson. Some freshness on the nose with a hint of ink and pencils. A certain 'mineral' scent. A very slight green note but not bad at all, and certainly not forced. Real Margaux charm. Lift and pleasure in a dry idiom. Drink 2026-2042

  • Lascombes, 2eme cru classé (JS 93-94, WS 90-93, JR 16.5)

    HK$568/btl (HK$6816/ case)

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    James Suckling,

     Full, focused and precise with dark berries, intensely fine tannins and a fresh finish. Medium to full body and a persistent finish. More refined than in the past, yet it remains very well structured.

    Wine Spectator, 

     Solidly built, with a note of baker’s chocolate adding heft to the mix of plum and blackberry fruit. Velvety, but showing persistent grip through the finish. 

    Jancis Robinson, 

     Dark blackish purple. I'd hate to be given this blind. It's pure Napa Valley! So sweet! So concentrated! Not really Margaux but a mouthful of concentration, certainly. Drying finish with a slight suggestion of something underripe on the very end. Extremely different from most of its neighbours but the style will definitely appeal to some palates. Just goes a bit dead on the end.

  • Malescot St. Exupéry, 3eme cru classé (JS 98-99, WS 92-95, JR 15.5)

    HK$405/btl (HK$4860/ case)

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    James Suckling, 

     This is a superb wine. I didn’t think it could be better than the 2015 but indeed it is. Full, layered and sexy. It goes on for minutes with dense fruit, yet it’s also vivid and showcases sublime tannins and acidity balance. Great finish. 

    Wine Spectator, 

     A layered, ripe style, with warm ganache and tobacco notes set over a lovely core of plum sauce and blackberry fruit. A licorice edge on the finish rounds this off. Enticing and polished, with a sanguine hint adding range. 

    Jancis Robinson, 

     Quite gamey and savoury on the nose. Then rather strung out and austere on the palate. Doesn’t hang together. This bottle anyway is a disappointment in the context of the vintage. Austere.

  • Margaux, 1er cru classé (JS 98-99, WS , JR 15.5)

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    James Suckling, 

     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.

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    Jancis Robinson,

     Sweet rich start and then very fresh. Seems a little bit marked by oak at the moment. Sinewy. Hint of chocolate - just like Palmer! Slightly drying tannins. Sandpaper on the end.

  • Marquis d´Alesme Becker, 3eme cru classé 

    HK$284 / btl (HK$3408 / case)

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  • Marquis de Terme, 4eme cru classé (JS 93-94, WS 90-93, JR 16.5)

    HK$308/btl (HK$3696/ case)

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  • Palmer, 3eme cru classé (JS 99-100, WS , JR 17.5)

    HK$2368/btl (HK$28416/ case)

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    James Suckling, 

     I wrote that the 2015 was incredible, and this 2016 is again. It’s equally structured and powerful as the 2015, yet there’s an underlying intellectual serenity to this wine. You taste it, and you want to know and experience it even more. Full and tannic yet ever so polished and beautiful. Mesmerizing. Made from biodynamically grown grapes. - March 2017

    Wine Spectator, 

     

    Jancis Robinson, 

     Very dark, velvety look - really bright. Complex and energetic. Not simple and sweet but quite a step change. Feels a little transitional because it's so different and more energetic than the old style. 65% new oak, as always, but the wine can absorb it better. Some bitter chocolate. Lots of sweetness. Energy and freshness.

  • Pavillon Rouge de Chateau Margaux (JS 94-95, WS , JR 16.5++)

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    James Suckling, 

     Very concentrated and tannic Pavillon Rouge. Muscular. Full body and lots of intense fruit. Four-square. - March 2017

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    Jancis Robinson, 

     Quite bright cherry red rather than deep crimson. Great quality sandy tannins. Really zesty. But light and very aérien. Really lifted. Drink 2022-2032. - jancisrobinson.com, April 2017

  • Pouget, 4eme cru classé 

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  • Prieuré Lichine, 4eme cru classé (JS 93-94, WS 91-94, JR 16.5)

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    James Suckling, 

     Layered and rich with plenty of ripe fruit and ripe tannins. Full body, round and chewy tannins and a citrusy finish. Excellent like the 2015. - March 2017

    Wine Spectator, 

     This captures the essence of the vintage, with a mix of dark plum and currant flavors, accented by cherry and raspberry fruit, all backed by energetic, brambly tannins and mouthwatering underlying acidity. - James Molesworth (WineSpectator.com, April 2017)

    Jancis Robinson, 

     Rather a sumptuous alluring nose. Mild and sweet on the palate without great drive, but inoffensive certainly. No great length. Drink 2024-2036. - jancisrobinson.com, April 2017

  • Rauzan Gassies, 2eme cru classé 

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  • Rauzan Ségla, 2eme cru classé (JS 96-97, WS 92-95, JR 17)

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    James Suckling, 

     A solid red with currant and blackberry character. Full body, soft tannins and a flavorful finish. Shows richness and excitement. Juicy and sexy undertone to this. 

    Wine Spectator, 

    .This has nice vivacity, featuring plum and cassis notes laced with bay, pepper, tobacco and iron accents. Stays fresh and racy through the finish. On the right track. With some added weight, this could move up. 

    Jancis Robinson,

    Really lifted, savoury nose. Well mannered. Nothing out of step. Could do with a bit more acidity and drive? A bit too diplomatic on the palate?


Medoc / Haut Medoc (Going up)

  • Peyrabon 

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  • Belgrave, 5eme cru classé (JS 91-93, WS , JR 16)

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    James Suckling,

     This is really constructed and powerful with lots of muscular tannins and rich fruit. Full-bodied, juicy and intense. Very serious. One of the best in years. - March 2017

    Wine Spectator,

     

    Jancis Robinson,

     Very deep crimson. Real lift and attractive (rather than underripe) leafy top note. Rather sumptuous start and then it rather falls away to something a little scrawny on the end. Drink 2024-2034. - jancisrobinson.com, April 2017

  • Camensac, 5eme cru classé (JS 92-93, WS , JR 16)

    HK$207 / btl (HK$2484/ case)

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    James Suckling, 

     A tangy and dense red with plum, chocolate and berry character. Full body, chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. Shows excellent upside. Nice follow-up to the excellent 2015. - March 2017

    Wine Spectator,

     

    Jancis Robinson, 

    Hint of pencil shavings on the nose. Then ripe fruit but it could do with a little more lift. And on the palate the phenolics are a bit underripe. Drink 2023-2032. - jancisrobinson.com, April 2017

  • Cantemerle, 5eme cru classé (JS 94-95, WS 88-91, JR 15.5)

    HK$219/btl (HK$2628/ case)

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    James Suckling, 

     Dense and chewy already with plenty of ripe tannins and bright fruit. Vivid acidity. Full body, a firm and silky texture and a flavorful finish. Lots going on. Excellent follow-up to the great 2015! - March 2017

    Wine Spectator, 

     Lively cherry and bitter plum fruit streaks through, laced with fine chalky tannins. Picks up iron and savory hints on the finish. - James Molesworth (WineSpectator.com, April 2017)

    Jancis Robinson, 

     Quite pungent with treacly notes on the nose. Fairly light and soulless - not to say a little fruitless. Green notes on the end. Drink 2023-2030. - jancisrobinson.com, April 2017

  • La Lagune, 3eme cru classé 

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  • La Tour Carnet, 4eme cru classé 

    HK$207/btl (HK$2484/ case)

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  • Sociando Mallet 

    HK$260/btl (HK$3120/ case)

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  • Potensac, Médoc (JS 93-94, WS 88-91, JR 17)

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    James Suckling, 

     What a racy and focused Potensac with wonderful density and finesse as well as a firm and polished tannins that hold the whole thing together. A beautiful, reasoned young red. One of best Potensacs in a long time. - March 2017

    Wine Spectator, 

    Lovely cherry paste and cassis flavors are fresh and open, backed by light plum pit and chalk notes that impart focus on the finish. Nicely done. - James Molesworth (WineSpectator.com, April 2017)

    Jancis Robinson, 

     Bright crimson. Racy and very rich and polished. Lovely tannins. Very juicy. Some tannin and potential underneath. Firm structure but no austerity. GV? Drink 2024-2033. - jancisrobinson.com, April 2017


Pauillac (Going up)

  • Batailley, 5eme cru classé 

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  • Carruades de Lafite Rothschild (JS 94-95, WS , JR 16.5+)

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    James Suckling, 

     The most tannic and textured Carruades ever. Full-bodied, big and powerful. Very, very long. New style?

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    Jancis Robinson, 

     There's a putty note on the nose. Neat, restrained, rather tight nose and a tad mean on the end. Just as there's a big gap between Petit Mouton and the grand vin, so there seems to be between Carruades and Lafite. Drying tannins on the end. Seems to be a lack of phenolic ripeness towards the end of the palate experience even though it starts out pretty ripe and round. Drink 2024-2038. - jancisrobinson.com, April 2017

  • Clerc Milon, 5eme cru classé (JS 94-95, WS 93-96, JR 17.5)

    HK$497 / btl (HK$5964 / case)

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    James Suckling,

     Refined and ultra-fine with a linear and polished character. Full-bodied, yet tight and racy. A classy and sophisticated young wine.

    Wine Spectator, 

     Very fresh in feel, with bright cassis and cherry fruit racing along an iron edge. Shows a good sleek feel through the finish and a light tug of earth at the very end. A vivacious and delicious wine in the making.

    Jancis Robinson,

     Real aromatic lift. Calm, collected, lovely 'minerality'. Completely pure. Fully ripe but not a trace of sweetness. So cool! 

  • Croizet Bages, 5eme cru classé (JS 92-93, WS , JR 16.5)

    HK$266/btl (HK$3192/ case)

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    James Suckling,

     Lots of blackcurrant and hot-stone character on the nose. Full and tannic with a chewy finish. Shows structure. Very well done. - March 2017

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    Jancis Robinson, 

      Very ripe cassis. Cool finish. Not too much heart and soul and a bit austere on the end but very correct and very bordelais. Drink 2023-2037. - jancisrobinson.com, April 2017

  • d´Armailhac, 5eme cru classé (JS 95-96, WS 92-95, JR 17)

    HK$320 / bottle (HK$3840 / case)

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    James Suckling, 

     This is really tannic and muscular for d’Armailhac. Perhaps the most powerful ever. Full and chewy yet balanced and polished. Very, very impressive. Greatest ever?

    Wine Spectator, 

     Inviting, with notes of currant preserves and cherry sauce giving way to taut charcoal and singed alder accents. The chalky finish is a bit tight, but the stuffing is there. This has really good energy. 

    Jancis Robinson, 

     Inviting, with notes of currant preserves and cherry sauce giving way to taut charcoal and singed alder accents. The chalky finish is a bit tight, but the stuffing is there. This has really good energy. 

  • Duhart Milon Rothschild, 4eme cru classé (JS 94-95, WS , JR 17+)

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    James Suckling, 

     A firm and silky young red with a medium to full body and lovely chocolate, cedar and currant character. Flavorful finish. One of the best in a very long time. - March 2017

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    Jancis Robinson, 

     Dark glowing crimson. Black pepper and intensity on the nose. Bone dry and enormous energy and savour. Real elegance and some majesty. Neat and well balanced. Bravo! Very much speaks of the vintage with its freshness and intensity. Drink 2027-2042. - jancisrobinson.com, April 2017

  • Echo de Lynch Bages (JS 93-94, WS 90-93, JR 16)

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    James Suckling, 

     The second wine of Lynch is linear and tight with beautiful blackberry and currant character. Medium to full body, firm tannins and an energetic finish. Super concentrated on the center palate.

    Wine Spectator, 

     Shows a slightly dusty edge, but the core of fruit bursts with friendly cassis and cherry compote flavors. Cedar and singed vanilla accents score the finish. 

    Jancis Robinson, 

     Very deep crimson. Rather pure and alluring on the nose. Then a little tart on the end. As though all the wines with less ripe phenolics went into this. Sandpaper tannins.

  • Grand Puy Ducasse, 5eme cru classé (JS 92-93, WS 89-92, JR 16.5+)

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    James Suckling, 

     A linear and tight red with blueberries, currants and walnuts. Medium to full body, chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. All there. Best wine from here in quite some time. - March 2017

    Wine Spectator, 

     The warm plum, blackberry and black currant preserve flavors have solid depth, picking up dark earth and warm tobacco notes along the way. Offers a broad, fleshy finish. - James Molesworth (WineSpectator.com, April 2017)

    Jancis Robinson,

      Sappy, lively nose. Straightforward Pauillac character. No transports of delight but a very solid performance. Strongly Cabernet. Drink 2026-2040. - jancisrobinson.com, April 2017

  • Grand Puy Lacoste, 5eme cru classé (JS 96-97, WS 94-97, JR 16)

    HK$592/btl (HK$7104/ case)

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    James Suckling, 

     This is all about the finish with a sweet-tobacco, berry and light milk-chocolate character. Full body, very fine tannins and a juicy finish. Love the intensity and finesse at the end. Lots of energy. Could better the exquisite 2014.

    Wine Spectator, 

     Ripe, but sleek and very focused, featuring racy iron and savory notes coursing alongside the core of black currant and black cherry fruit. The fresh finish keeps everything in lockstep. Well-built. 

    Jancis Robinson, 

     Very dark crimson. Very ripe and fresh. Pretty glorious expression of the vintage on the nose. Slightly dry finish but really very energetic and may be a fairly good buy. Slightly dry on the end – very British claret!

  • Haut Bages Libéral, 5eme cru classé (JS , WS , JR )

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  • Haut Batailley, 5eme cru classé 

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  • Lafite Rothschild, 1er cru classé (JS 100, WS , JR 18)

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    James Suckling, 97-98

     Even stronger and more toned than the excellent 2015, this Lafite shows incredible power yet also finesse. Full-bodied, superfine and chewy wine. Muscular yet agile. Goes on for minutes. Stunning. Perhaps the greatest Lafite since the legendary 1959?

    Wine Spectator, 90-93

     

    Jancis Robinson, 18

     Very rich, dense dark crimson. Not much nose, just a vague impression of quality lurking beneath the super-subtle aroma. Round texture, tannins are in a very low register indeed. Then I'd love to see just a little bit more energy. Round and it may all get together. A really rather delicate Lafite. Nothing in excess; it's true and very classic claret - very Lafite - but arguably just a little muted.

  • Latour, 1er cru classé

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  • Le Petit Mouton de Mouton-Rothschild (JS 95-96, WS , JR 17)

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    James Suckling, 

     This is a very powerful Petit Mouton with so much rich fruit and power. Full-bodied, tannic yet polished and long. Muscular for the second wine of Mouton. - March 2017

    Wine Spectator,

     

    Jancis Robinson,

     Solid, muscular nose. Almost a bitter streak on the end it's so firm! Lots of black fruits and real juiciness. Some lift and life. A very zesty wine with admirable length. But not heavy on the flesh! Drink 2026-2040. - jancisrobinson.com, April 2017

  • Lynch Bages, 5eme cru classé (JS 98-99, WS 96-99, JR 17.5)

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    James Suckling, 

     This is really back-ended thanks to a powerful and almost endless finish. Full-bodied, dense and powerful with incredible concentration and length. Round and polished tannins. Layered. This unravels bit by bit. Energetic acidity gives it such superb freshness. This is at the 2010/2009 level.

    Wine Spectator, 

     This flashes some sporty flavors of ripe cassis, plum and blackberry compote, but quickly pulls everything together with the terrific graphite spine. Alluring tobacco and anise notes line the finish. Delivers fruit, power and cut. A great showing.

    Jancis Robinson, 

     Very annoyingly, my tasting note on Lynch Bages has evaporated into thin air. I remember the wine as being delightfully plump yet structured and very recognisably Lynch with its trademark spiciness - so there don't seem to be any ill effects to its being made in a completely different place from usual (see pictures above) but more than that I cannot say for the moment. 

  • Lynch Moussas, 5eme cru classé 

    HK$272/btl (HK$3264/ case)

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  • Mouton Rothschild, 1er cru classé (JS 100, WS , JR 18.5)

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    James Suckling, 

     This is a phenomenal, muscular red that shows incredible power and depth. Full-bodied and with great concentration of tannins but this remains agile and polished. The form to this is stupendous. Such precision and clarity. The new 1986 but better. 

    Wine Spectator,

     

    Jancis Robinson, 

     Exceptional crimson. Real lift and transparency. Quite a soaring dry style with great texture and refreshment. Very strong style statement. Infusion of Cabernet. A sort of amalgam of cassis and tar in that very Mouton way but with 21st-century lift and transparency. Quite brave in a way. Bone dry and utterly embryonic compared with most of the 2016s. 

  • Pagodes de Cos (JS 93-94, JR 17)

    HK$316 / bottle (HK$3792 / case)

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    James Suckling, 

     The brightness and focus to this second wine of Cos are certainly impressive. You can see the quality. Full body, a tight and focused palate and beautiful fruit and density. Ultra-fine tannins. Gorgeous. Sophisticated.

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    Jancis Robinson,

     Fresh, muscular, racy nose. Sweet start – really rather flirtatious! Racy and elegant. But not for the long term. Drink 2023-2032. - jancisrobinson.com, April 2017

  • Pedesclaux, 5eme cru classé 

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  • Pichon Longueville Baron, 2eme cru classé (JS 98-99, WS 96-99, JR 18.5)

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    James Suckling, 

     I have been waiting for this for a long time. It’s a remake of the legendary 1990 Pichon Baron. Full body, ultra-polished yet powerful tannins and a glorious finish. The will evolve beautifully. The core of fruit and tannins are great. A truly great Pichon Baron. 

    Wine Spectator, 

     Has the pure, fresh, racy feel of the vintage, which is even more admirable considering the depth of the red currant, plum and cherry preserve flavors at the core and the power of the structure on the back end, pulling in accents of graphite and loam. A thumper of a Pauillac. 

    Jancis Robinson, 

     Dense, dramatic, splashy wine with great balance and lift. Lots of energy and masses of old Cab in here. Really snazzy. Long.

  • Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, 2eme cru classé (JS 96-97, WS 95-98, JR 17)

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    James Suckling, 

     Linear and racy with ultra-fine tannins and a gorgeous center palate. Full-bodied, tight and so polished. The classicism and beauty are exceptional. Love the texture. Better than 2015?

    Wine Spectator, 

     Light savory and tobacco notes peek out from the core, but a ball of cassis and blackberry fruit is still coiled up with the strong iron spine. This is to be expected. Very pure, with a long finish. Risk-free cellaring. 

    Jancis Robinson, 

     Blackish crimson. Sweet start and much less obvious density than some, very Merlot and just a little soft. Super-supple certainly… But where's the beef?

  • Pontet Canet, 5eme cru classé (JS 98-99, WS , JR 18)

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    James Suckling, 

     Vivid and full of energy with blackberry, currant and salt. Full body, intense and long. Harmony. Purpose. Classicism. The mineral and currant character is all year. A seamless tannin texture. Great wine. You want to drink it now! 

    Wine Spectator,

     

    Jancis Robinson, 

     Very dark crimson. More savoury and sumptuous than many of its neighbours. Blackberry compote and very round and rich and satiny. Very round. Almost too sweet but that is to complain needlessly. Already rich and enjoyable but masses of tannins too. Long and throbbing. Excellent with freshness and cleanliness and round. Pretty sweet though so it's a definite style. 


Pessac Leognan (Going up)

  • Domaine de Chevalier Blanc, cru classé (JS 96-97, WS 93-96, JR )

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    James Suckling,

     A white with sliced apple, pear and lemon character. Medium to full body, layered and so long. Tight and exciting. So salty and minerally. Structured. Phenolic intensity and all wound up. What a white!

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  • Domaine de Chevalier, cru classé (JS 96-97, WS 93-96, JR 17)

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    James Suckling, 

     A dense and tight DC with minerals, crushed stones, cement and blackcurrants. Full, tight and racy. Gorgeous. Leaf and tobacco undertones. Very tannic. Tight. So structured. Complex.

    Wine Spectator, 

     Intense raspberry and boysenberry fruit drives along, flecked with anise hints and scored with roasted apple wood details. A touch toothy on the finish, with a loamy note, but the fruit takes an encore, which is a great sign for the future. 

    Jancis Robinson, 

     Concentrated and luscious. Real life and savour on the (at the moment slightly inky) end. One of the most youthful samples I encountered. Dry sandpaper end but perhaps it's a more honest sample than most?

  • Haut Bailly, cru classé (JS 98-99, WS , JR 17)

    HK$829/btl (HK$9948/ case)

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    James Suckling,

     This young wine shows such pinpoint precision with a full body, dense fruit and gorgeous intensity. Muscular yet toned and beautiful. It really builds on the finish. Very fine-grained. So long and beautiful. Sophisticated power. Oyster shell and iodine undertones. Traditional style yet with a modern interpretation. Savory. - March 2017

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    Jancis Robinson, 

     Rather floral nose. Ripe and broad. Quite chewy and structured. Cool and pretty dry. Pretty chewy! Lots of dynamism. - jancisrobinson.com, April 2017

  • Haut Brion, 1er cru classé (JS 100, WS , JR 19)

    HK$4144/btl (HK$49728/ case)

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    James Suckling, 

     This is a monument for Haut-Brion and reminds me of the great 1998 but in a modern and bright style. Full-bodied, very tannic and superbly structured yet always agile and vivid. Its energy and dynamic nature grabs you by the shoulder and tells you it’s great. Staggeringly precise. It can’t get better than this, can it? 

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    Jancis Robinson, 

     Even deeper colour than La Mission. Broad and spicy and very rich and a compote of warm bricks. (La Mission is more muscular and obviously tannic.) Firm and not over the top. Prances. Transparent and very much Haut-Brion.

  • Haut-Brion Blanc, cru classé (JS 96-97, WS , JR )

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    James Suckling, 

    Layered with a round and rich texture and body. Full and flavorful. Lots of dried-apple and pineapple character. Very long finish. Exotic and ripe. We will see which is better.

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  • La Mission-Haut-Brion Blanc (JS 98-99, WS , JR )

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    James Suckling, 

    This is dense like a Montrachet yet so minerally with crushed-stone undertones. Full-bodied, layered and powerful. A great glass of white wine. First time they used a majority of sauvignon blanc. 

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  • La Mission-Haut-Brion, cru classé (JS 96-97, WS , JR )

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    James Suckling, 

    The texture to this is very beautiful with chewy yet very polished tannins. Full-bodied, tight and mouth-filling. Starts very slowly and then takes off. Love the energy in this.

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  • Pape-Clément Blanc (JS 94-95, WS 92-95, JR )

    HK$995/btl (HK$11940/ case)

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    James Suckling, 

     A solid and four-square white with lemon-rind and dried-apple character. Pears, too. Full and dense with layers of fruit and phenolic character. Red wine texture in a white. One for aging.

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  • Pape-Clément, cru classé (JS 97-98, WS 94-97, JR 16.5)

    HK$651/btl (HK$7812/ case)

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    James Suckling, 

    This is phenomenal with a density and finesse that are hard to remember for this wine. Full-bodied, tight and polished. Seamless texture and salty undertones. Goes on for minutes. Truly great. What a barrel sample. 

    Wine Spectator, 

     Intense, with vivacious cassis, blueberry and boysenberry confiture notes, while tar, anise and warm fruitcake flavors pulse underneath. Offers seriously flashy toast at the end, but has the density to soak it up. A big wine. 

    Jancis Robinson, 

     Very luscious nose with enormous opulence. Then on the palate there is no great sweetness but drying tannins on the finish. Something not quite fully ripe phenolically on the palate. Hint of greenness. Falls away on the end. It’s definitely front-loaded! 

  • Smith-Haute-Lafitte Blanc (JS 96-97, WS , JR )

    HK$710/btl (HK$8520/ case)

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    James Suckling, 

     A dense and powerful white with wonderful depth and phenolic tension. Shows very pretty sliced-apple, lemon and pear character. Excellent finish. 90% sauvignon blanc with the rest semillon and sauvignon gris. Excellent follow-up to the 2015. 

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  • Smith-Haute-Lafitte, cru classé (JS 97-98, WS 95-98, JR 17.5)

    HK$758/btl (HK$9096/ case)

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    James Suckling, 

     Wow. This is incredibly rich and exotic. Full-bodied, so deep and long. It lasts for minutes. Perfectly polished tannins evidence how texturally focused and supple this is. Decadent and enticing. From organically grown grapes. Super quality of cabernet is on show here. We will see if 2016 is better than 2015.

    Wine Spectator, 

     Seductively fleshy and creamy in feel, with alluring dark plum and fig notes laced with singed bay, black tea and dark earth hints. The broad finish has the grip and cut for definition. A beautiful wine in the making. 

    Jancis Robinson, 

     Blackish crimson. Nose that manages to combine flesh and ripeness with freshness. Some restraint here and some very natural flavours. A quiet king. Great appetising wine with the ripeness of the vintage. Very classy. 


Saint Estephe (Going up)

 

  • Calon Ségur, 3eme cru classé, St. Estèphe (JS 98-99, WS 94-97, JR 18.5)

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    James Suckling, 

     Wow. This is the Calon we have been waiting for! Intensity and power. Chewy and polished tannins. Full body, great depth. It goes on for minutes. Shows a classic, historical character that really excites me. The essence of this estate and St.-Estèphe. Best ever? - March 2017

    Wine Spectator,

     This sports a dark fruit core, a mouthwatering iron edge and a long, tobacco-accented finish. The broad and racy feel gives this a distinctive profile. This should put on some weight. - James Molesworth (WineSpectator.com, April 2017)

    Jancis Robinson, 

     Rich, deep, glowing purplish crimson. Pungent and really interesting and layered on the nose already. Creamy texture and massive energy. Lots of tannin but all beautifully balanced. This is seriously intriguing rather than just ticking boxes. Glows on the end. Old-vine influence – really gives layers and intrigue. Sweetness of tannin. But the freshness really lifts it. Drink 2028-2055. - jancisrobinson.com, April 2017

  • Cos d´Estournel, 2eme cru classé, St. Estèphe (JS 97-98, WS , JR 18)

    HK$1184 / bottle (HK$14208 / case)

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    James Suckling, 

     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.

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    Jancis Robinson, 

     Energy and raciness on the nose. Gentle and lifted. And then lots of tannins underneath. Fresh almost sandy tannins. Good energy and tea-leaf sensation. Excellent freshness. Long. Restrained. Elegant. 

  • Cos Labory, 5eme cru classé, St. Estèphe (JS 89-90, WS , JR )

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    James Suckling,

     A medium to full-bodied red with polished, chewy tannins and a fresh finish. Tight and structured. A little lean but this should develop nicely. - March 2017

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    Jancis Robinson, 

      Dark crimson. Thick, sweet and high toned. Then a bit too tarted up. You would certainly enjoy this wine, provided you didn't taste it alongside another 2016 from the same appellation. Lots here and pretty supple. Just a tiny hint of green at the end. Drink 2026-2040. - jancisrobinson.com, April 2017

  • Lafon Rochet, 4eme cru classé, St. Estèphe (JS 93-94, WS 90-93, JR 16.5)

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    James Suckling, 

     Plenty of fruit and concentration to this wine, and it’s buttressed by the tannins. Muscular and intense. Full-bodied yet reserved and tight. Excellent. - March 2017

    Wine Spectator, 

     Very pure, with a lilac note leading the way for racy red currant and cassis flavors. The finish is alive, featuring a brisk iron note and long, pleasantly austere structure. Nicely done. - James Molesworth (WineSpectator.com, April 2017)

    Jancis Robinson, 

     Not the deepest crimson. Broad and rich and a bit beefy and yeast-extract-like. A tad scrawny on the end. Drink 2024-2038. - jancisrobinson.com, April 2017

  • Marquis de Calon Segur, Saint Estephe (JS 90-91, WS 86-89, JR 17)

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    James Suckling, 

     Wow. This is the Calon we have been waiting for! Intensity and power. Chewy and polished tannins. Full body, great depth. It goes on for minutes. Shows a classic, historical character that really excites me. The essence of this estate and St.-Estèphe. Best ever? - March 2017

    Wine Spectator,

     This sports a dark fruit core, a mouthwatering iron edge and a long, tobacco-accented finish. The broad and racy feel gives this a distinctive profile. This should put on some weight. - James Molesworth (WineSpectator.com, April 2017)

    Jancis Robinson, 

     Rich, deep, glowing purplish crimson. Pungent and really interesting and layered on the nose already. Creamy texture and massive energy. Lots of tannin but all beautifully balanced. This is seriously intriguing rather than just ticking boxes. Glows on the end. Old-vine influence – really gives layers and intrigue. Sweetness of tannin. But the freshness really lifts it. Drink 2028-2055. - jancisrobinson.com, April 2017

  • Montrose, 2eme cru classé, St. Estèphe (JS 93-94, WS , JR 17)

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    James Suckling, 

     A solid and tight Montrose with a linear structure of ripe tannins that gives wonderful length and energy. Full-bodied, yet reserved and toned. Stone and mineral character underneath is impressive. Beautiful center palate. The class and focus are marvelous. Better than 2015. This is what Montrose is all about.

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    Jancis Robinson, 

     Very dark blackish crimson. Great, fresh, minerally savour on the nose. Lots of intensity initially. Sweet start – quite a surprise in a way – and then lots of structure. Doesn't quite hang together yet but there is masses of potential. Sweet, fresh ink. Good raciness. Quite muscular but not at all heavy. An edge of acidity is evident without the strong stoniness of St-Estèphe. Just a little bit stringy on the end. Lots of life and freshness (clays help). Pretty glamorous. 


Saint Julien (Going up)

  • Beychevelle, 4eme cru classé (JS 94-95, WS 93-96, JR 16.5)

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    James Suckling, 

     The softness and finesse to this are indeed impressive with blackberry and blackcurrant character. Full-bodied, dense and polished. Lovely texture and length. It builds on the palate. Clearly better in 2015. This is the first year in from the new cellar.

    Wine Spectator, 

     A textbook St.-Julien in the making, with crushed plum and warm cassis notes inlaid with anise and graphite accents. The muscular, driven finish is just a touch chewy in feel but gets soaked up quickly on the finish by the pure fruit. Really solid. 

    Jancis Robinson,

     Dark purple. Light peppery nose. Sweet palate entry with a hint of sweet oak, and then a bit austere on the palate. Lively coconut hint. Falls away on the finish. Competent rather than exciting.

  • Branaire Ducru, 4eme cru classé (JS 95-96, WS 94-97, JR 17)

    HK$391 / bottle (HK$4692 / case)

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    James Suckling, 

     This is clearly the best wine I have tasted from Branaire-Ducru. Exquisite depth and richness are on offer, yet this is always framed and focused. Layers of fruit and tannins. So deep and long. Incredible quality. 

    Wine Spectator, 

     A fresh bay leaf note leads off, followed quickly by pure, enticing layers of cassis, blackberry and black cherry fruit that emerge steadily through the long finish. Offers lovely mouthfeel and purity. A very pretty expression of St.-Julien. 

    Jancis Robinson,

     Juicy, savoury nose. Fresh and fine-boned. Could only be Bordeaux – tant mieux! Silky texture with some energy.

  • Clos du Marquis de Leoville Las Cases (JS 94-95, WS 93-96, JR 17)

    HK$391/btl (HK$4692/ case)

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    James Suckling, 

     A unique Las Cases that harkens back to some of the great classics such as 1985 or 1986 with its solid backbone of tannins and a walnut, licorice and blackcurrant character. Full and powerful, characterized throughout by a steeliness that shows its strength and energy. Better than the 2015. Ultra-classic. - March 2017

    Wine Spectator, 

     A brick house, with layers of cold charcoal, smoldering tobacco, warm cassis, dark plum and blueberry reduction flavors all working seamlessly together. The charcoal edge underscores the entire finish, which is focused and ridiculously long. - James Molesworth (WineSpectator.com, April 2017)

    Jancis Robinson,

     Amazing combination of the stoniness and backbone of traditional Las Cases with extraordinary vitality and energy, all overlaid with fully ripe fruit. Such richness! Round tannins but the most youthful wine I have yet encountered. Extremely minerally and thrilling. Jean-Hubert Delon bemoans the fact he will not be alive to see it at its peak, and is convinced it will shut down at some point. It is glorious to taste now. Drink 2026-2050. - jancisrobinson.com, April 2017

  • Croix de Beaucaillou de Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou (JS 94-95, WS 91-94, JR 17)

    HK$343/btl (HK$4116/ case)

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    James Suckling, 

     This is very tight and focused with blackberries, blackcurrants and licorice. Lots of crushed stones, too. Full-bodied, tightly wound and pretty. Exciting second wine from Ducru. - March 2017

    Wine Spectator,

     This is lovely from the get-go, with notes of warm ganache and incense in front of a core of alluring crushed blueberry, açai and cassis flavors. Polished and suave on the finish. - James Molesworth (WineSpectator.com, April 2017)

    Jancis Robinson, 

      Bright, deep crimson. Tastes so dramatic that it's on the edge – almost camembert notes. Lots of spiciness and glamour and then the oak insists a bit. The new oak is a tad obvious at the moment. Drink 2026-2040. - jancisrobinson.com, April 2017

  • Ducru Beaucaillou, 2eme cru classé (JS 97-98, WS 97-100, JR 17)

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    James Suckling, 

     Very focused and reserved with a mineral, blackberry, licorice and blackcurrant character. Full and refined. Walking a tightrope between steely tannins and dark fruit. This is highly intellectual and unique. Great finish. Remake of the extraordinary 2014? Stronger than the 2015, for sure.

    Wine Spectator,

     Offers a scintillating display of roasted apple wood, incense and warm ganache before the core of cassis, plum preserves and raspberry reduction starts to step forward. The finish, loaded with grip but remarkably polished, pulls everything together. A huge, undeniable wine, overt in style. 

    Jancis Robinson, 

     Very dark. Racy and sinewy with lots of richness and energy. Smooth and supple and quite sweet – arguably too sweet? – but with masses of tannins buried down there. Blackberry compote mixed with health juice. 

  • Gruaud Larose, 2eme cru classé (JS 95-96, WS 91-94, JR 17.5)

    HK$520/btl (HK$6240/ case)

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    James Suckling, 

     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, 

     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.

    Jancis Robinson, 

     Initially there's a whiff of sweet oak, and then underneath there is the vineyard and real savour. Ripe but not forced. Good stuff with a 'mineral' whiff. Not a blockbuster but very well balanced with lovely length.

  • Lagrange, 3eme cru classé (JS 95-96, WS 92-95, JR 16.5)

    HK$343/btl (HK$4116/ case)

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    James Suckling,

     Powerful red with a rich and tannic center palate. Full body, lots of depth and a long and chewy finish. Indeed, this shows potential. Much better than the 2015. 

    Wine Spectator, 

     This has some serious grip along the edges, with graphite and iron notes working together to support the core of cassis, blackberry and açai fruit flavors. The long finish has the pure, fresh character of the vintage. 

    Jancis Robinson, 

    Dark purple. Quite high apparent volatile acidity. Big and broad but lacks a bit of precision and focus. A tad scrawny on the end. Was everything ripe enough? Dilute finish. The winemaker Matthieu Bordes has since contacted me to assure me that the VA level is low, only 0.31g/l and I will try to re-taste this.

  • Langoa Barton, 3eme cru classé (JS 94-95, WS 93-96, JR 17.5)

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    James Suckling, 

     This is really structured with great depth and power. Full body, chewy tannins, lots of fruit and a tangy, fresh finish. Solid.

    Wine Spectator, 

     The fresh blueberry, cherry and black currant flavors give this a wide range, while racy graphite and a mouthwatering anise streak drive the finish. The fruit is so enticing that you lose track of how solidly built this is through the finish. 

    Jancis Robinson, 

     Exceptionally dark purple. Very meaty, concentrated nose with real lift. Lots of graphite and grit. No spare flesh but truly terroir wine. Sinewy. Bone-dry finish. Very much in its own style. But long and precise.

  • Le Petit Lion de Leoville Las Cases 

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    James Suckling,

     

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  • Léoville Barton, 2eme cru classé (JS 95-96, WS 96-99, JR 18)

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    James Suckling, 

     Tight and chewy with a solid tannin structure and depth of fruit. Full body and lots of depth and texture. A Barton with lots happening already. Develops beautifully on the palate. Should be better than the 2015. 

    Wine Spectator, 

     This packs some serious punch and drive, with a terrific core of blueberry, açai and plum reduction notes, backed by waves of graphite and roasted apple wood. Has the pleasantly chewy feel typical of St.-Julien, along with an extra-racy graphite edge. 

    Jancis Robinson, 

    Dark blackish purple. Less obviously aromatic than Langoa. Tea-leaf notes. Round texture with gloriously ripe tannins. Really a standout Barton. So unusually supple! Yet with masses of tannins underneath. This will surely be one of the vintage's longer-living wines. Glorious texture and flavour. Utterly minerally dry, but not drying. Very good freshness – much fresher than many of its peers. Real energy.

  • Léoville Las Cases, 2eme cru classé, Cases (JS 98-99, WS 97-100, JR 19)

    HK$1776/btl (HK$21312/ case)

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    James Suckling, 

     A unique Las Cases that harkens back to some of the great classics such as 1985 or 1986 with its solid backbone of tannins and a walnut, licorice and blackcurrant character. Full and powerful, characterized throughout by a steeliness that shows its strength and energy. Better than the 2015. Ultra-classic.

    Wine Spectator,

     A brick house, with layers of cold charcoal, smoldering tobacco, warm cassis, dark plum and blueberry reduction flavors all working seamlessly together. The charcoal edge underscores the entire finish, which is focused and ridiculously long. 

    Jancis Robinson, 

     Amazing combination of the stoniness and backbone of traditional Las Cases with extraordinary vitality and energy, all overlaid with fully ripe fruit. Such richness! Round tannins but the most youthful wine I have yet encountered. Extremely minerally and thrilling. Jean-Hubert Delon bemoans the fact he will not be alive to see it at its peak, and is convinced it will shut down at some point. It is glorious to taste now.

  • Léoville Poyferré, 2eme cru classé (JS 95-96, WS 95-98, JR 18)

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    James Suckling,

     The buildup on the palate is impressive with blackberry and blueberry character. Plenty of currants, too. Full-bodied, linear and tight. Racy tannins and a long finish. Shows tension, depth, real raciness and pure finesse. A combination of the best from both 2009 and 2010. 

    Wine Spectator, 

     The deep well of gorgeous cassis, blueberry paste and blackberry puree flavors will carry this for the long haul. Shows a terrific graphite underpinning and a flash of cold charcoal. This is a big one. 

    Jancis Robinson, 

    Deep purple. Very deep. Really rich and winning. Much more mouth-filling than the other wines from this stable. Really fresh but broad and ripe. Great freshness. Long and beautifully balanced.

  • St. Pierre, 4eme cru classé (JS 94-95, WS 92-95, JR 17)

    HK$450/btl (HK$5400/ case)

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    James Suckling, 

     Blueberry, blackberry and fresh currant-leaf character. Full-bodied, refined, beautiful, dense and tight. Great depth. Best ever. 

    Wine Spectator, 

     Beautifully done, with ample grip but a polished, fresh feel around the core of blueberry, cassis and warm plum flavors. Lovely anise and singed apple wood accents show on the finish. 

    Jancis Robinson, 

     Dark purple. Sweet peppery notes on the nose. Very glossy and friendly. Sweet start and then quite chewy. Well put together if a tad inky on the end. Not quite enough density on the finish for perfection.

  • Talbot, 4eme cru classé (JS 93-94, WS 93-96, JR 17)

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    James Suckling, 

      A full-bodied red that stays in check with a firm and lightly chewy tannin backbone. Full body and an intense finish. Shows excellent potential. 

    Wine Spectator, 

    Pure, with a core of cassis and blueberry fruit streaming through, carried by ample yet embedded graphite-edged grip. Keeps a fresh feel through the finish. Lovely. 

    Jancis Robinson, 

     Very dark and shiny. Not that intense but very well mannered. Sweet, almost thick, start. Very flattering. If I had to choose one wine to represent the vintage in typical style I might well choose this one – though the hint of heat on the end is a little worrying. Should be rewarding in the end. Great harmony. 


Sauternes / Barsac (Going up)

  • Doisy Daene (JS 94-95, WS , JR )

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    James Suckling, 

    This is very serious with lots of spicy, botrytis character and a deep and dense palate. Full-bodied, very sweet and long on the finish. - March 2017

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  • Doisy Daene Extravagant 

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  • Doisy Védrines, 2ème Grand Cru Classé (JS 91-92, WS , JR )

    232HK$ / btl (2784HK$ / case)

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    James Suckling,

     Tangy and fruity with a honey and lemon-rind character. Lots of orange peel, too. Medium to full body and a sweet finish. - March 2017

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  • Rieussec (JS 98-99, WS , JR )

    HK$414/btl (HK$4968/ case)

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    James Suckling, 

     Lots of botrytis here in addition to dried mushrooms and dried fruit such as pineapple and peaches. Medium to full body. Medium sweet. Very long and intense. A triumph. - March 2017

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  • Suduiraut, 1er Grand Cru Classes (JS 95-96, WS , JR )

    HK$450/btl (HK$5400/ case)

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    James Suckling, 

     This has so much botrytis/spice character. Dried-mushroom powder as well. Full yet round and gorgeous. Exuberant softness. Very sweet and complex. Complete Sauternes.

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Other Whites (Going up)

  • Blanc de Lynch Bages (JS 95)

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    James Suckling,

     This is really excellent with sliced apples, lemon rind, minerals and stones. Medium to full body, vivid and energetic acidity and a long and powerful, almost minerally finish. Wow. 

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  • Cos d'Estournel Blanc (JS 96-97)

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    James Suckling, 

     A layered and deep white with beautiful fruit giving mango, sliced-lemon and green-pineapple character. Full-bodied and so flavorful. Love the phenolic balance. One of the best dry whites of the vintage.

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    Jancis Robinson,

     

  • Pavillon Blanc de Margaux (JS 97-98, WS , JR )

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    James Suckling, 

     This is really exciting with a vivid and energetic acidity and brightness. Lemon rind, pear and mineral character. Full-bodied, tight and long. A winner. Great finish.

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Pomerol (Going up)

  • Clinet, Pomerol (JS 94-95, WS 94-97, JR 16)

    HK$710/btl (HK$8520/ case)

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    James Suckling, 

     The linear character to this is so impressive with beautiful blackberries and blueberries. Crushed stones and minerals. Medium to full body. Very pretty. 

    Wine Spectator, 

     Dark in profile, with plum, blackberry and black currant fruit melded together, while wood spice and bramble hints run along the edges. Plenty of depth and length here, with lively tobacco and tar notes on the finish. This fleshes out with air too. Impressive, in the richer style. 

    Jancis Robinson,

     Blackish crimson. Headily sweet and gamey on the nose with dark, purple-fruit aromas and then this sample went dead on me on the palate. Sucked out the saliva. Very drying end. Awkward, stodgy finish. Not for me. Unripe phenolics.

  • Fleur de Bouard, Lalande de Pomerol (JS 92-93, WS , JR 16.5)

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    James Suckling, 

     Chewy and dense red with licorice, blackberry and dark-chocolate character. Full body and a tight and firm texture. Shows lovely length, too. - March 2017

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    Jancis Robinson, 

    Very dark crimson. Bit of sandpaper on the nose. Very rich and sweet. Almost over the top but there is freshness at the end. This is a strong statement! Drying and rather cool on the end. Drink 2023-2030. - jancisrobinson.com, April 2017

  • Gazin, Pomerol (JS 94-95, WS 91-94, JR 16.5)

    HK$592/btl (HK$7104/ case)

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    James Suckling,

     Tight and silky with plum, blackberry and blueberry character. Medium-to full-bodied, firm and silky. Very linear and bright. A pretty follow-up to the stupendous 2015.

    Wine Spectator, 

     Ripe and engaging, with a pretty display of cherry, raspberry and blueberry fruit flavors that stay fresh, carried by silky structure through the inviting finish. Not super-dense, but really lovely fruit. 

    Jancis Robinson, 

    Dark crimson. Rich, shiny, blackberry aromas. Sinew and a dry but not drying finish. A little austere and lacking juice but creditable. Correct.

  • Le Pin, Pomerol

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  • L’Evangile, Pomerol (JS 98-99, WS , JR 17.5)

    HK$4736/btl (HK$56832/ case)

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    James Suckling, 

     This is a remake of the great 2015 but it’s much finer and more sophisticated. Such great quality and very sexy. Full body and ultra-polished and clean tannins. Salty, dark fruit. Superb length. Want to drink it! 

    Wine Spectator,

     

    Jancis Robinson, 

     Extremely deep colour. Very intense, concentrated wine. Sweet start. Very muscular. Almost like cassis cordial! Massive 14.5% alcohol. Exotic and distinctive. Big and muscular. Brooding. Savoury. 

  • La Conseillante, Pomerol (JS 99-100, WS 93-96, JR 17+)

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    James Suckling, 

     This is the greatest Conseillante in modern times. Full body and incredible tannins that are polished and velvety. The texture lasts for minutes. I am speechless. What a young and awe-inspiring wine! 

    Wine Spectator,

     Bright raspberry and blackberry confiture flavors fill out nicely as they move along, followed by a well-buried graphite edge and a flash of cocoa at the very end. Has a vivid display of fruit and the buried spine to back it up. 

    Jancis Robinson, 

      Not as aromatic as some of the very top Pomerols. Lovely texture but not as expressive as some. A hint of soapiness. Lots of texture buried under the substance here but needs time for the flavour to develop. Lots to chew on. Drink 2026-2040. - jancisrobinson.com, April 2017

  • L'Eglise Clinet, Pomerol (JS 98-99, WS 94-97, JR 17.5)

    HK$2220/btl (HK$26640/ case)

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    James Suckling, 

     This has so much violet and black-olive character to it. It’s full-bodied and powerful with incredible power and depth of old-vine tannins. It just rolls on and on. What a finish. - March 2017

    Wine Spectator, 

     A flash of spearmint gives this a fresh feel, while the core of raspberry and boysenberry fruit follows up quickly, carried by lively acidity. The long, fruitcake-filled finish keeps a sense of elegance. Very enticing. - James Molesworth (WineSpectator.com, April 2017)

    Jancis Robinson, 

     Deep sultry crimson. Heady. Savoury nose. Meaty flavours and fantastic structure with enough flesh in the middle. Not the sweetest and not as fat as usual but there is drama and depth here. Very long. I think this will come round. Drink 2028-2045. - jancisrobinson.com, April 2017

  • Vieux Chateau Certan, Pomerol (JS 98-99, WS , JR 19)

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     Sumptuous nose. Great lift. Real race and dancing stuff. Good structure and line. Nothing sweet or fleshy about this but lovely ripeness and nobility. Amazing persistence and elegance in claret mode.


Saint Emilion (Going up)

  • Angélus, 1er Grand Cru Classé (A) (JS 99-100, WS , JR 17+)

    HK$2901/btl (HK$34812/ case)

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    James Suckling, 

     Incredible depth of fruit to this Angélus, which is dense yet also agile and energetic. There’s just so much dynamic fruit and tannin structure. Makes you want to taste and taste. What a young wine! We will see if 2016 is better than 2015. Both are great.

    Wine Spectator,

     

    Jancis Robinson, 

     Strong balsam notes. Rather luscious fruit and lots of life and interest. Real vivacity. In this wine, in this stable, although it has a drying finish, the fruit is so overwhelming that it distracts from the drying finish. Well done in a distinctly modernist style. Though the finish is a little weak.

  • Ausone, 1er Grand Cru Classé (A) (JS 97-98, WS , JR 18+)

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    James Suckling, 

     This is one of the most subtle and ethereal Ausones I have encountered in a while. It’s a full-bodied wine, yet one that’s very refined in texture, all the way to the extremely long finish. Shows real dignity and character. A throwback to the great years of the 1950s. - March 2017

    Wine Spectator,

     

    Jancis Robinson,

     Deep crimson. Very ripe nose and then rather chewy end. Drying finish. Not charming for the moment - even a little exaggerated. Though there is a broad panoply of fruit flavours that come rather precipitously to a drying end.

  • Beauséjour (héritiers Duffau-Lagarrosse), 1er Grand Cru Classé (B) (JS 98-99, WS 94-97, JR 17+)

    HK$829/btl (HK$9948/ case)

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    James Suckling,

     Is this the twin brother of the amazing 2015? We will see. What a superb density and richness with bright and intense tannins that are buttressed with fresh acidity. Beautiful finish. 

    Wine Spectator, 

     On the exotic side, with loganberry, acai and crushed plum notes forming the core, laced with singed mesquite and alder flavors and backed by a long, juicy, dark-profiled finish.

    Jancis Robinson,

     Very rich and edgy. Vegy edge. Massively ripe in the middle but not too ripe or sweet. Pretty dramatic. Dry end. Obviously classy stuff from a great terroir.

  • Beau-Séjour-Bécot, 1er Grand Cru Classé (B) (JS , WS 92-95, JR 16)

    HK$499/btl (HK$5988/ case)

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    Wine Spectator,

     Inviting, with a core of warm fig and boysenberry fruit backed by a hefty dose of anise and fruitcake. Sweet spice accents through the toasted finish. - James Molesworth (WineSpectator.com, April 2017)

    Jancis Robinson, 

     Deep crimson. Smooth and ripe. No rough edges. Until a sort of dry Marmite finish (love it or hate it). Cool, light end. Rather a lack of fruit intensity on the mid palate. Drink 2023-2035. - jancisrobinson.com, April 2017

  • Canon la Gaffelière, 1er Grand Cru Classé (B) (JS 95-96, WS 95-98, JR 17)

    HK$651/btl (HK$7812/ case)

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    James Suckling, 

     Lovely silky texture and dark fruit to this wine underlining richness and decadence. Medium to full body and a long finish. 

    Wine Spectator,

     This pulls a lot of red and black currant, fig and boysenberry pâte de fruit notes together, wraps them with a brambly thread and then drives them through an anise- and apple wood-edged finish. It’s all tightly wound, but it’s all there for the long haul. Really, really solid. 

    Jancis Robinson, 

     Dark crimson. Very rich sweet nose slightly reminiscent of the 'modernist' style. Rather thick and heavy. Suffers from being tasted immediately after the superior and sophisticated Ch Canon. Rather drying end. Good effort. Sincere but a tad vieux jeu. Hint of meatiness, then slightly drying tannins but good energy.

  • Canon, 1er Grand Cru Classé (B) (JS 96-97, WS 95-98, JR 18.5)

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    James Suckling, 

     Very intense aromas already of pure berry, mineral and spice. Full body yet refined and tight with gorgeous linear and refined character. Beautiful and classic beauty. 

    Wine Spectator, 

     Vivacious and integrated already, with plum, raspberry and cassis notes matched by a bright floral hint and a flash of rooibos tea. Refined minerality through the finish. Ample depth, but it is defined by its purity and drive. 

    Jancis Robinson, 

     Lively dark crimson. Very smart and complex on the nose - distinctively different. Really focused and rich but not sweet. Real lift and drive. So complete! Opulent on the nose but nothing remotely simple and sweet. Throbs with excitement.

  • Cheval Blanc, 1er Grand Cru Classé (A) (JS 98-99, WS , JR 18.5)

    HK$5446/btl (HK$65352/ case)

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    James Suckling, 

     This is very powerful Cheval with searing tannins and bright fruit, acidity and mineral undertones. Full and muscular yet beautifully formed and polished. It’s all about the form to this. Better than 2015. 

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    Jancis Robinson, 

     Tasty floral start and then quite rich. A bit of grainy astringency (from those concrete vats?) in terms of texture - by no means unpleasant. Lots of floral notes, hint of putty and then lovely richness underneath. Quite a contrast between nose and palate. Smudgy palate and precise nose. Tannins really present on the end. Very floral on the nose. Big gap! Not sweet!!

  • Clos de l’Oratoire, Grand Cru Classé (JS 94-95, WS 92-95, JR )

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    James Suckling, 

     Lovely silky tannins and juicy fruit. Medium body and pretty energy. Lots of walnut, crushed-stone and subtle fruit flavors. Very fine. - March 2017

    Wine Spectator, 

     Pure and unadorned, with a lovely beam of cassis and cherry compote stretching out, flecked by subtle anise, singed alder and mineral accents. Refined finish. - James Molesworth (WineSpectator.com, April 2017)

    Jancis Robinson, 

     

  • Clos Fourtet, 1er Grand Cru Classé (B) (JS 95-96, WS 96-99, JR 16.5)

    HK$817/btl (HK$9804/ case)

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    James Suckling,

     This is a solid and structured 2016 with fabulous density and freshness. Full-bodied yet vibrant and exciting. Wow. We will see.

    Wine Spectator,

     Gorgeous from the get-go, with plum sauce, cassis and violet notes streaming through, showing ample richness yet relying more on cut, while anise, black tea and chalky mineral flavors persist on the finish. A beauty in the making. 

    Jancis Robinson, 

      Very sweet nose. Something a little dead about this sample. Not enough freshness. Smooth tannins but just a bit of lack of life on the mid palate. Obviously ambitious. I'd love to taste another sample. A saliva-sucker.

  • Figeac, 1er Grand Cru Classé (B) (JS 96-97, WS 95-98, JR 19)

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    James Suckling, 

     Splendid texture and finesse to this young Figeac with a pure silk texture. Full-bodied and ultra-fine. Lovely combination of fruit and freshness. The polish is gorgeous to this. Precision redefined. Pretty follow-up to the 2015. 

    Wine Spectator, 

     Tight and backward, with a wall of cocoa and loam out front, but the core of cassis and blackberry fruit is prodigious, and the mix of charcoal, tobacco and warm paving stone notes making up the finish cuts a seriously wide swath. This needs to be tamed by its élevage though. 

    Jancis Robinson, 

     Lively and very Figeac. Just as it should be. Zesty and confident and of the place. Rich palate entry and then lovely freshness. Firm and glorious. Like an arrow. Very pure. Frédéric Faye and the Manoncourt family should be very proud. Classic. Racy and juicy and beautifully balanced. Long.

  • Fleur Cardinale, Grand Cru Classé (JS 94-95, WS 92-95, JR 17-)

    HK$296/btl (HK$3552/ case)

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  • La Commanderie, Grand Cru Classé

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  • La Dominique, Grand Cru Classé (JS 93-94, WS 90-93, JR 17)

    HK$414/btl (HK$4968/ case)

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    James Suckling, 

     Layered and juicy with lots of ripe fruit and soft tannins. Decadent and generous. Lots going on here. - March 2017

    Wine Spectator, 

     This has a piercing spearmint streak amid the core of plum and blackberry fruit, with racy acidity buried on the finish. It’s vibrant and enticing, but needs to fill out a bit more on the back end. - James Molesworth (WineSpectator.com, April 2017)

    Jancis Robinson, 

    Dark purple. Some peppery freshness on the nose. Fully ripe fruit. Real focus, length and integrity to this wine. Nothing out of balance. Straight for the tasting jugular. Long. Drink 2025-2040. - jancisrobinson.com, April 2017

  • la Gaffelière, 1er Grand Cru Classé (B) (JS 95-96, WS 92-95, JR 16.5)

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    James Suckling, 

     Dynamically and minerally young wine with blackberry and blueberry character. Full body. Firm tannins and a fresh finish. Shows structure and intensity. Focused and classy. Love the finish. - March 2017

    Wine Spectator, 

     Lively, with light savory and spearmint hints flecked throughout, while the core of currant and fig fruit sits atop some medium-weight brambly grip. A good juicy edge through the finish pulls it together. Very solid. - James Molesworth (WineSpectator.com, April 2017)

    Jancis Robinson, 

     Dark crimson. Rich and round and very sweet. A bit thick and graceless. Some greenness. Drink 2021-2032. - jancisrobinson.com, April 2017

  • La Mondotte, 1er Grand Cru Classé (B) (JS 96-97, WS 97-100, JR )

    HK$2013/btl (HK$24156/ case)

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    James Suckling, 

     Extremely polished and refined red showing blackberry, cedar and milk-chocolate character. Full-bodied and extra-long on the finish with such elegance. Love the hint of acidity at the end.

    Wine Spectator, 

     This is a towering display of purity, with unadulterated cassis and raspberry fruit coursing along live-wire acidity while light chalk, anise and black tea notes fill in. Has serious grip, but it’s buried in that jaw-dropping core of fruit. And this has minerality to burn. A stunner. 

    Jancis Robinson, 

      

  • Larcis Ducasse, 1er Grand Cru Classé (B) (JS 95-96, WS 94-97, JR 17)

    HK$521/btl (HK$6252/ case)

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    James Suckling,

     This is very polished and beautiful with ultra-fine tannins and a long, linear finish. It has a density and beauty that seduces you.

    Wine Spectator, 

     This is really flattering, offering crushed raspberry, boysenberry and plum fruit stitched with dried anise, bramble and chalky threads. Long, elegant, spice-infused finish. 

    Jancis Robinson,

      Very floral and sumptuous on the nose. Rich and round and perfumed. Lots of juice and appeal. Interesting! A hint of sweet leather. Grown-up wine.

  • Pavie Decesse, Grand Cru Classé (JS 98-99, WS 93-96, JR 16)

    HK$947/btl (HK$11364/ case)

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    James Suckling,

     This has beautiful presence and finesse with lovely fruit, mineral and light walnut character. Center palate is gorgeous. Long and refined. Perhaps better than the superb 2015

    Wine Spectator, 

     Vibrant raspberry, boysenberry and plum notes stream along, flecked with anise and floral notes and carried by a wonderfully racy and well-embedded chalky spine. Fruit-driven, but grounded in terroir. 

    Jancis Robinson,

     Blackish crimson. Lively and sinewy but a bit severe and austere - lacks real flesh in the middle. Drying end. Not my style. Too reminiscent of Pavie 2003!

  • Pavie Macquin, 1er Grand Cru Classé (B) (JS 97-98, WS 94-97, JR 16.5)

    HK$580/btl (HK$6960/ case)

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    James Suckling,

     This is a really fantastic PM! The licorice, fresh mushroom, sous bois and stone character is so exciting. It’s full and very layered with exceptional depth and length. Compressed and focused. Pure silk.

    Wine Spectator, 

     Juicy and alluring, with dark fig, cherry and currant fruit that has melded together, while lively minerality and anise notes course underneath. The long, refined finish has a gorgeous yin-yang between cashmere and chalky threads. 

    Jancis Robinson, 

     Very dark. Pretty thick and ripe on the nose (2% Cabernet Sauvignon). Balsamic de Modena character! Just a bit much for me but I have to admire it. Big and beefy. Rather hard work. Very much sets its cap at the blockbuster lover. Well done within that framework... Marmite end.

  • Pavie, 1er Grand Cru Classé (A) (JS 99-100, WS 97-100, JR 17)

    HK$2901/btl (HK$34812/ case)

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    James Suckling,

     This is more compressed and tighter than the 2015. It’s full-bodied, but very tight and focused. So linear and long. Love the gorgeous finesse. Goes on for minutes. All about finesse...new profile. 

    Wine Spectator, 

     This is a head-turner, with intense raspberry, cassis and boysenberry reduction notes pumping along, inlaid with a graphite edge and backed by waves of roasted apple wood, anise and fruitcake. Yet as large-scale as this is, it’s still harnessed by a fine, chalky minerality through the finish. "Wow" wine. 

    Jancis Robinson, 

     Dark crimson. Rich, sweet nose. In the vineyard there's just 50% Merlot! Very sweet start and really hard work. But much less exaggerated than it used to be. Sinewy. Some appetising quality. Very juicy start but then it dries on the finish. These wines are very different from the others in the appellation and I have to conclude that the owner and team taste differently from me and don't mind the drying finishes. For drama this deserves my score and it may well settle down to something lovely eventually.

  • Troplong Mondot, 1er Grand Cru Classé (B) (JS 96-97, WS 94-97, JR 16)

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    James Suckling, 

     Tar and blackberries here on the palate with very polished tannins and dense, beautiful fruit. Tight and centered. Wow. Can it be better than the 2015? We will see.

    Wine Spectator, 

     Beautifully pure and expressive, with creamy-textured cassis, raspberry and boysenberry puree notes streaming through, gilded by a violet note and backed by refined minerality on the finish. There’s a backdrop of alluring spice-infused toast, but the fruit takes center stage here. 

    Jancis Robinson,

     Dark glowing purple. Really taken to the limit of ripeness! Some gaminess and a velvety texture with a strong green streak running through it. Not a comfortable whole. As though exceptional sugar levels were the be all and end all. Not fun to drink, alas.

  • Valandraud, 1er Grand Cru Classé (B) (JS , WS 96-99, JR 17)

    HK$1273/btl (HK$15276/ case)

    Wine Advocate,

     

    James Suckling

     

    Wine Spectator,

     This has a display of drop-dead gorgeous raspberry, boysenberry and blackberry confiture flavors unfurling from its core, backed by flamboyant anise and black tea notes. It’s rich, polished and seriously long. And then there’s a light twinge of chalky finesse at the very, very end to keep it grounded. - James Molesworth (WineSpectator.com, April 2017)

    Jancis Robinson, 

     Exceptionally deep purple. Real life to this with graphite and richness. Very sweet and fully ripe but with much less acid than most other wines. Tough minerally dried grape finish on which the acid shows itself. Very dry end. Dramatic. Drink 2024-2035. - jancisrobinson.com, April 2017

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