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HAUT-MÉDOC/MOULIS EN MÉDOC · LEFT BANK

Despite being as visually unprepossessing as the rest of the Médoc (despite its grandiose châteaux) this large red-wine appellation of Haut-Médoc is home to some of the world’s greatest wines. Its 4,500ha of vineyards form a largely continuous strip that follows the Gironde from St Seurin-de-Cadourne, just north of St Estèphe, to Blanquefort in the northern suburbs of Bordeaux. All the great communes of the Left Bank fall within its boundaries: Margaux, St Julien, Pauillac and St Estèphe, as well as the up and coming Moulis and Listrac. These are labeled under their own more illustrious and expensive appellation names. Châteaux labeled simply as Haut-Médoc rarely reach such heights but nevertheless offer consistently good quality and offer some of the best value in Bordeaux. Haut-Médoc wines tend to be firm and fine with generous fruit and a nice minerality; what many would consider ‘classic Claret’. They come from loftier vineyards and offer higher quality and more complexity than those labeled simply as Médoc. Almost all wines are a blend of the principal varieties - Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc - which helps producers hedge their bets if the slightly capricious climate causes one variety to fail. Small amounts of Petit Verdot, Malbec and even Carmenère are also used. The higher proportion of sand and gravel to the south tends to produce finer wines while the heavier clay and gravel north of Margaux yields sturdier examples. The best Haut-Médocs are found north of Ludon, a village just below Margaux. These include 5 classified growths - 3rd Growth Ch. la Lagune, underperforming 4th Growth Ch. la Tour Carnet and 5th Growths Ch. Cantemerle, Ch. Camensac and Ch. Belgrave – as well as a number of fine Cru Bourgeois. Ageing ability varies but the lesser wines are usually delicious after 3-4 years, lasting around a decade, while the Cru Classés have a drinkability window of around 6 to 15 years.



2010 CHÂTEAU BELLE-VUE
· HAUT MÉDOC AOC
+749534 · 12x750ml
+744966 · 12x750ml
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50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 20% Petit Verdot. Good balance with a dense and soft, a powerful nose of red fruit and smoky oak. The freshness, the tannins. Many tastes, a great wine to keep stylish.

STATUS: OPEN
91   89   89   88   88-90   17   16.5  

2010      2009      2008


2009 CHÂTEAU BERNADOTTE
· HAUT MÉDOC AOC   CRU BOURGEOIS
+749537 · 12x750ml
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60% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon. Sweet, creamy and very approachable for a primeur sample. A touch of toast from the 30% new oak barrels. The fruit is ripe fleshing out the nose and giving sweetness on the palate. Backing the mix of blackcurrant and bramble is red cherry its freshness balancing the sweetness and giving brightness on the finish. This will be lovely at an early age, sure to be a bargain. Probably the best ever from this property.

STATUS: SOLD OUT
90   90   89   87   16   16+  

2009


2008 CHÂTEAU de CAMENSAC
· HAUT MÉDOC AOC   5TH GRAND CRU CLASSE
+742336 · 12x750ml
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50% Merlot, 50% Cabernet Sauvignon. Balanced, ripe and spicy, Camensac 2008 offers very good value for money fun. Its lovely aromas of black cherry, strawberry and sweet spices are still a few discreet but present. The few months that separate you from them will enable them to assert themselves and the material to be refined, if it rich during the en primeur tastings.

STATUS: OPEN
91   16   15  

2008


2009 CHÂTEAU CARONNE STE. GEMME
· HAUT MÉDOC AOC     CRU BOURGEOIS
+749542 · 12x750ml
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55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot. Rich cassis and cedar nose, some smoky oak cuts through. Rich concentrated palate, very pure and lively good clean acidity, firming yet supple tannins, lovely cassis fruit. Beautiful balance.

STATUS: SOLD OUT
91   90   89   86   16.5   16.5  

2009


2008 CHÂTEAU CHASSE SPLEEN
· MOULIS-EN-MEDOC AOC   CRU BOURGEOIS
+742337 · 12x750ml
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50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot, 7% Petit. A finely wooded wine, with a good balance between the ripe tannins, the bright berry fruits and fresh acidity.”

STATUS: SOLD OUT
91   16  

2008


2010 CHÂTEAU CHASSE SPLEEN BLANC
· MOULIS-EN-MEDOC AOC   CRU BOURGEOIS
+743092 · 12x750ml
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65% Semillon, 35% Sauvignon Blanc. Great fanfare for 2010 with flavors of fresh fruit (citrus), wax and toasted hazelnuts. Expressive, floral, woody and vanilla nicely, the palate is supple, ample and fruity. A beautiful white and rare. An opportunity!

STATUS: SOLD OUT

2010


2010 CHÂTEAU DEVISE D'ARDILLEY
· HAUT MÉDOC AOC   CRU BOURGEOIS
+756492· 12x750ml
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73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot. It is of ruby red colour. The bouquet is extremely refined, with notes of blackberry, spice, smoke and faded rose. Its texture shows suave and velvety, with a pleasant balance and no over extraction, stylish well balanced and gorgeous.

STATUS: OPEN
86   15.5  

2010


2009 CHÂTEAU LAMOTHE BERGERON
· HAUT MÉDOC AOC   CRU BOURGEOIS
+749574 · 12x750ml
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50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Merlot. Beautiful red dark colour. Very charming nose with a perfect combination of red fruit & vanilla. Juicy, pure and generous in mouth, with a very long finish. Sappy and stylish.

STATUS: OPEN
91   89   87   87-89  

2009


2010 CHÂTEAU LANESSAN
· HAUT MÉDOC AOC   CRU BOURGEOIS
+742347 · 12x750ml
+749575 · 12x750ml
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Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot. A fantastic Lanessan that is opulent yet sculpted with its sweet, aromatic nose and succulent palate of bramble fruit and crunchy griotte cherries. Quite a charismatic wine, its tannins are polished though gently grippy on the finish. This should age effortlessly over the next 15 years.

STATUS: OPEN
91   88-90+   87   16  

2010      2009      2008


2010 CHÂTEAU PALOUMEY
· HAUT MÉDOC AOC   CRU BOURGEOIS
+756598 · 12x750ml
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65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot. Deep purple, rich, shimmering in jewels. The bouquet begins with a fine smoky notes before an avalanche of black berry - like a bush blueberry - and almost delicate affinity with Shiraz. Density on the palate, dense frame already very flattering concentrated extract, long finish, with aromas of licorice and especially black berries.

STATUS: OPEN
94   92   91   87   85   16.5   16  

2010


2010 CHÂTEAU POUJEAUX
· MOULIS EN MÉDOC   CRU BOURGEOIS
+749533 · 12x750ml
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55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot. The perfume is filled with boysenberry, earth and mocha. In the mouth, this Bordeaux wine offers spicy, chocolate covered cassis, round textures and tannins to age.

STATUS: SOLD OUT
92-93   91-93   91   90   88-91   88-91   17   16.5  

2010


2010 CHÂTEAU SENEJAC
· HAUT MÉDOC AOC   CRU BOURGEOIS
+756500 · 12x750ml
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48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot. It is characterized by a deep color almost Black in his younger years. The expressive nose exhales aromas of black fruits and spices. in the mouth Sénéjac has many scale and intensity while remaining smooth and civilized with its fine tannins.

STATUS: OPEN
93   91   89   89-90   88   16.5  
16.5  

2010


2005 LE BAILLY DE CAMENSAC
· HAUT-MÉDOC AOC
+737780 · 12x750ml

50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Merlot. Aged 10 months in French oak barrels (none new). Purple in color with well-formed legs; dry, medium full-bodied with balanced acidity and chewy phenolics. Balanced, juicy, dark fruit Haut Medoc offering fine richness with hints of tobacco and black pepper, and subtle gravelly earth. Long and chewy. Fine.

STATUS: OPEN

2005


2008 L'ORATOIRE CHASSE-SPLEEN
· MOULIS EN MÉDOC AOC
+737779 · 12x750ml
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73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot. The nose is intense and fine red fruits, woody notes. In the mouth the wine is quite structured, the tannins are melted, well balanced and fresh.

STATUS: OPEN

2008      2006



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