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2015 Sirène de Giscours Charity Edition, Margaux

Dry | Red | Still | 14%

This is a special late release from Château Giscours: their second wine from an outstanding vintage. The label will be the winning design from a competition launched in March 2021, and 100% of the profits from the sale of this wine will be donated to The Drinks Trust’s Covid-19 relief fund, to support members of the UK hospitality industry adversely affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. The wine itself is beautiful. Notes of violets and pure, dark Cabernet fruit on the nose, while the palate is detailed, with fine tannins and a savoury note underpinning the core of ripe fruit. The finish is chiselled and intense, with lots of energy shining through. This demonstrates why 2015 in Margaux is such a legendary vintage: it’s a stunning wine, for an excellent cause.

Ready: 2021 - 2035

2018 Château Branas Grand Poujeaux, Moulis-en-Médoc

Dry | Red | Still | 14.5%

The 2018 Branas Grand Poujeaux is a beautifully styled left bank claret, with loads of ripe berry fruit on the nose, notes of violets and a hint of baked earth, and plenty of lift, too. The palate is silky and detailed, with stunning length for a wine of this price. Tasting it blind, you’d mistake this for a Grand Cru Classé.

Young: 2023 - 2038
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2019 Les Cruzelles, Lalande de Pomerol

Dry | Red | Still | 14.5%

The final vintage from Denis Durantou, and a wine that’s not to be missed. This is grippy and finely judged, with a very long, savoury finish. I wine you simply want to drink.

Young: 2025 - 2038

2015 Château Turon La Croix, Bordeaux Supérieur

Dry | Red | Still

The 2015 Turon La Croix is a delicious Bordeaux, that performs well above its price point. That's no surprise: it was made by Jean-Claude Berrouet, who made Château Pétrus for more than 40 years. Juicy fruit and lovely tannic structure define this 90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc star. At this price, stock up.

Ready: 2021 - 2025

2016 Annonce de Bélair-Monange, Jean-Pierre Moueix

Dry | Red | Still | 14.5%

The 2016 Annonce is detailed, deep, complex and very long. A blend of merlot with just a dash of cabernet franc, it’s a wine that impresses with its purity and power: it shows the very best of this spectacular vintage in Bordeaux. This is easily Grand Vin quality. At this price, secure it.

Ready: 2021 - 2033

2010 Château Margaux, 1er Cru Margaux

Dry | Red | Still

"The 2010 is a brilliant Chateau Margaux, as one might expect in this vintage. The percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the final blend hit 90%, the balance Merlot and Cabernet Franc, and only 38% of the crop made it into the Chateau Margaux. Paul Pontallier, the administrator, told me that this wine has even higher levels of tannin than some other extraordinary vintages such as 2005, 2000, 1996, etc. Deep purple, pure and intense, with floral notes, tremendous opulence and palate presence, this is a wine of considerable nobility. With loads of blueberry, black currant and violet-infused fruit and a heady alcohol level above 13.5% (although that looks modest compared to several other first growths, particularly Chateau Latour and Chateau Haut-Brion), its beautifully sweet texture, ripe tannin, abundant depth and profound finish all make for another near-perfect wine that should age effortlessly for 30-40 years. " 99 points, Robert Parker

Young: 2025 - 2040

2012 Tronquoy de Sainte-Anne, Château Tronquoy-Lalande, St-Estèphe

Dry | Red | Still

The second wine of Tronquoy-Lalande: a hidden gem of St-Estèphe. On the nose notes of fresh victoria plum and blackcurrant, while the palate has a nice core of understated fruit, grippy but not drying tannins, pencil lead, and a hint of iodine. It’s nicely structured, and is, quite simply, delicious.

Ready: 2021 - 2027

2018 Crescendo, Taaibosch, Stellenbosch

Dry | Red | Still | 13.5%

The 2018 Crescendo is a beautiful Cabernet Franc-led blend from Stellenbosch. Notes of red berries, wild flowers, and a hint of graphite swirl from the glass, while the palate is impeccably structured and fresh, with amazing lift and purity on the finish. An outstanding first release, coming in at 13.5% abv, and at an outstanding price, this is worth stocking up on.

Young: 2022 - 2037

2010 Château La Mission Haut-Brion, Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

Dry | Red | Still

"A strong candidate for a perfect score in about 15 years, the 2010 La Mission Haut-Brion could well turn out to be a modern-day version of their 1955. Sadly (or maybe fortunately) for me, I’m not old enough to have tasted the 1955 in 1958 from bottle, but this wine could also be an update on the more modern 2000 which, of course, I know well and actually own. This full-bodied, colossal giant of a wine is one of the goliaths of the vintage. It may well have the highest level of natural alcohol for any wine from the Left Bank of Bordeaux (15.1%) and has the definite potential to be a 50- to 75-year wine. Dense purple, it offers up notes of lead pencil shavings, charcoal embers, blueberry and blackberry liqueur along with massive concentration, a multi-dimensional mouthfeel and a monumental finish that goes well past a minute, which I think might be a record for a young Bordeaux. Keep in mind that the 2009, which I gave three digits, came in at 14.7%, but the pH of the 2010 is lower, giving the wine a freshness and precision that is remarkable. The final blend was 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, and – unlike the Chapelle de la Mission, which has 26% Cabernet Franc – there’s only 1% Cabernet Franc in the 2010 La Mission Haut-Brion. This is a wine for those of you with youth on your side as well as patience. It will need a good decade of cellaring. An amazing wine. " 98+ Points, Robert Parker

Young: 2025 - 2040
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2019 Château Giscours, Cru Classé Margaux

Dry | Red | Still

Château Giscours is a serious, thought provoking wine. Dense, black fruit, and intense concentration but with no sense of over-extraction. Remarkably fine tannins that cover its pure core with elegance and ease. More beguiling than its power house 2010 and far more reminiscent of its glorious 2005.

Young: 2028 - 2048
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2010 Château Haut-Brion, 1er Cru Pessac-Léognan

Dry | Red | Still

"As for the 2010 Haut-Brion, it does not have the power of Latour’s 2010 or the intense lead pencil shavings and chocolaty component of Lafite-Rothschild, but it is extraordinary, perfect wine. It has a slightly lower pH than the 2009 (3.7 versus the 2009's 3.8), and even higher alcohol than the 2009 (14.6%). The wine is ethereal. From its dense purple color to its incredibly subtle but striking aromatics that build incrementally, offering up a spectacular smorgasbord of aromas ranging from charcoal and camphor to black currant and blueberry liqueur and spring flowers, this wine’s finesse, elegant yet noble power and authority come through in a compelling fashion. It is full-bodied, but that’s only apparent in the aftertaste, as the wine seems to float across the palate with remarkable sweetness, harmony, and the integration of all its component parts – alcohol, tannin, acidity, wood, etc. This prodigious Haut-Brion is hard to compare to another vintage, at least right now, but it should have 50 to 75 years of aging potential. Anticipated maturity: 2022-2065+." 100 points, Robert Parker

Young: 2025 - 2040

2014 Château Lafon-Rochet, Cru Classé St-Estèphe

Dry | Red | Still | 13.5%

A striking nose of graphite, cassis and black forest fruits. Impressively weighted with damsons and Victoria plum, all entwine with chocolate, cinnamon and nutmeg but with a fresh and lively acidity wrapped around the core.

Ready: 2018 - 2028

2013 Vieux Château Certan, Pomerol

Dry | Red | Still

Fastidious attention to detail throughout the tricky conditions of 2013, including crop thinning and de-leafing, have paid dividends - yes, the yields were tiny at just 22hl/ha but the end result is something of which Alexandre Thienpont can be justifiably proud as yet again he has produced a wine that transcends the vintage. With Merlot making up 92% of the blend this year, the remaining 8% is Cabernet Franc. Displaying wonderful purity of fruit - a medley of plums and summer berries, fresh acidity, fine-grained tannins and a streak of pencil lead lend backbone. The overall impression is one of perfect equilibrium, very correct, precise and immediately appealing - Superb!

Ready: 2017 - 2028
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2018 Château L'Eglise-Clinet, Pomerol

Dry | Red | Still

Deep and brooding, very mineral and fine, striking tannic structure and there's a depth to the fruit. Power, balance and intensity. Really impressively put together with energy and length.

Young: 2026 - 2050

2012 Château l'Evangile, Pomerol

Dry | Red | Still | 13%

Part of the Rothschild portfolio. 2012, they note, was a difficult vintage to work with, although l’Evangile was a little easier, due to its high proportion of Merlot: 93% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Franc. Aged in 100% new oak. A delicate floral and slightly exotic nose of purple flowers, with a little mint just teasing its way through. Velvet textures of plums and damsons, all the fruit ripe and fresh. Tannins soft, ripe and gentle. A wine with lovely structure and balance. Perfect.

Ready: 2015 - 2035
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2014 Napanook, Dominus Estate, Napa

Dry | Red | Still | 14.5%

Supple, easy going and charming, but with depth and intensity, the 2014 Napanook is quite simply delicious. It offers the sense of poise and precision of its bigger brother, but at a very reasonable price. Outstanding.

Ready: 2018 - 2035

2014 Annonce de Bélair-Monange, Jean-Pierre Moueix

Dry | Red | Still | 14.5%

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2011 Château Margaux, 1er Cru Margaux

Dry | Red | Still

When asked whether the Château was having to change anything to compensate for climate change, Marie Descotis, who heads up the Château's research and development department, explained that their terroir is proving to be perfect for the somewhat warmer and drier conditions over the last few years, allowing their Cabernet Sauvignon to flourish. The blend this year is made up of 86% of this Cabernet, 10% Merlot and the rest split between Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. The resultant wine is the most concentrated they have ever produced, yet it is also incredibly poised and balanced. Dark berry fruits, notes of woodsmoke and spice come through on the nose. The palate is immediately fresh and pure, with a layered sense of fine tannin, depth and power. There is a graphite-like grip to the structure, a definite minerality and a core of cool-natured, classic fruit. Despite the concentration and density in the wine, the balance is such as to give it an almost approachable sensation. Beautiful rather than pretty, this is an elegant and refined wine that shows what could be achieved in 2011 with great terroir and a deft hand.

Ready: 2021 - 2040

2018 Château Tertre de la Mouleyre, St-Emilion Grand Cru

Dry | Red | Still

Floral and expressive, haunting aromatics with wonderful ripeness of fruit. Palate is very textured and fresh, and very saline. Impressive density and length on the finish. This is wonderful.

Young: 2026 - 2045

2014 Clos Dubreuil, St-Emilion Grand Cru

Dry | Red | Still | 14%

Ready: 2020 - 2035

2006 Château Ausone, 1er Grand Cru Classé (A) St-Emilion

Dry | Red | Still | 13.5%

One can't help but be impressed by Château Ausone, set at the top of a tortuously twisted road, with its caves and chapelle dug into the limestone cliff. It is a fittingly romantic location for one of the world's greatest wines. A blend of 55% Cabernet Franc and 45% Merlot, this is dark and brooding in the glass. The nose is exceedingly rich and dense, with attractive black cherry and bramble fruit characters. The tannins are firm and structured, yet ripe and well integrated with the rich core of dark cherry, cassis and damson fruit. A stony minerality and a dart of refreshing acidity reflect the terroir and lend backbone to the rich succulent fruit.

Ready: 2013 - 2030
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2019 Château Haut-Bailly, Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

Dry | Red | Still

Haut-Bailly is an estate we love, and Veronique Sanders has knocked it out the park in 2019. This is elegant and pure, with remarkable definition and refined tannins. It's one of the wines of the vintage this year.

Young: 2026 - 2048
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2018 Château La Fleur-Pétrus, Pomerol

Dry | Red | Still | 14.5%

Deep, dark and floral, with good power and energy, too. There's nice depth here, and opulence to the nose. Lovely mouthfeel, silky fine and saline, but with restraint. Balance is impressive. A top drawer LFP.

Young: 2025 - 2050
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2017 Leeu Passant Dry Red, Mullineux, Swartland

Dry | Red | Still | 14.5%

The culmination of the other wines of the estate is the Dry Red, inspired by the South African reds of the 1950s, 60s, and 70s. At this time, wines labelled as Cabernet Sauvignon would frequently have a considerable proportion of Cinsault, and this is an equal blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Cinsault, with grapes from the aforementioned vineyards included in the blend. In its youth, this is structured and intense, but with bottle age it’s sure to flourish.

Young: 2022 - 2035