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HAUT-MÉDOC/MOULIS EN MÉDOC/MÉDOC/LISTRAC-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.



2011 CHÂTEAU BELLE-VUE
· HAUT MÉDOC AOC
+744966 · 12x750ml
+749534 · 12x750ml · SOLD OUT
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46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 23% Petit Verdot. In 2011 Belle-Vue delivers lovely deep, leafy fruit notes with an overlay of classy oak. It shows an appealing depth of colour and the palate is both fresh and alive. It is hard not to be impressed this year. Drink 2016 -2024.

STATUS: OPEN
88   87   87   87   86-87   16.5   16  

2011      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: SOLD OUT
91   16   15  

2008


2006 CHÂTEAU CANTEMERLE
· HAUT MÉDOC AOC   5TH GRAND CRU CLASSE
+765468 · 12x750ml
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44% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, 7% Petit Verdot. Probably one of the most beautiful Cantermerles of the decade, showing great potential. This is a powerful wine with an almost black color, and still developing great aromatic complexity. Its opulence entirely covers the palate, with a clean and lively finish full of freshness. Be sure to decant it two hours before serving but better yet, wait until 2012 and accompany it with roast beef and wild mushrooms. A great wine for the future.

STATUS: OPEN
90   89   88   87   16.5   16.7  

2006


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


2000 CHÂTEAU CHASSE SPLEEN
· MOULIS-EN-MEDOC AOC   CRU BOURGEOIS
+742337 · 12x750ml
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60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot. Dark, bright red, meniscus slightly orangey, unclouded. Nose of fresh plum and cocoa. Neat and straightforward attack. Flavours of mint, cocoa beans, leather and black berries. Tight and unctuous structure, mellow tannins. Balance and power. Great persistence -may now be drunk.

STATUS: OPEN
91   91   91   88-90   16.5  

2000      2008


2000 CHÂTEAU CHASSE SPLEEN
· MOULIS-EN-MEDOC AOC   CRU BOURGEOIS
+762557 · 6x750ml
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60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot. Dark, bright red, meniscus slightly orangey, unclouded. Nose of fresh plum and cocoa. Neat and straightforward attack. Flavours of mint, cocoa beans, leather and black berries. Tight and unctuous structure, mellow tannins. Balance and power. Great persistence -may now be drunk.

STATUS: SOLD OUT
91   91   91   88-90   16.5  

2000      2008


2011 CHÂTEAU CHASSE SPLEEN BLANC
· MOULIS-EN-MEDOC AOC  
+743092 · 12x750ml
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60% Semillon, 40% Sauvignon Blanc. The 2011 has a lovely nose of white flowers, pear and delicate vanilla. The palate is fat, soft, tender and tasty. A rarity and a beautiful food wine!

STATUS: OPEN

2011      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


2010 CHÂTEAU FOURCAS HOSTEN
· LISTRAC, MÉDOC AOC  
+765372· 12x750ml
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55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot. Very dark red violet color; menthol, tart currant, olive, pencil lead nose; light, tart currant, menthol, olive palate; medium finish.

STATUS: OPEN
90   89   89-91   87   86   86-88  
16.5   16  

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


2011 CHÂTEAU LANESSAN
· HAUT MÉDOC AOC   CRU BOURGEOIS
+749575 · 12x750ml
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60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot. Tons of ripe fruit. Super flavor. Great value! This is stunning wine for the vintage. RS: Dark fruit and a touch of pepper. Attractive front to back, with good grip and tannin control. This is one of the great classics as far as values go-always good and dependable. It has a racy nose with hints of herbs, flowers and loads of red fruits. Nice creaminess. This is classic.

STATUS: OPEN
86   86-88   86-87   85   84   15.5  

2011      2010      2009      2008


2010 CHÂTEAU LANESSAN
· HAUT MÉDOC AOC   CRU BOURGEOIS
+742347 · 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


2011 CHÂTEAU MAUVESIN BARTON
· MOULIS-EN-MEDOC AOC
+763551 · 12x750ml
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46% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot. This is a new property recently bought by Anthony and Lilian Barton of Léoville-Barton. They've done a great job with this wine. Very fruity on the nose. Elegant. Very good. Good Value! We tasted this three times, and it was very good all three times.

STATUS: OPEN
88   87-89   15.5  

2011     


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


2009 CHÂTEAU PIERRE DE MONTIGNAC
· MÉDOC AOC   CRU BOURGEOIS
+761720 · 12x750ml
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62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc. From the highly acclaimed 2009 vintage, this is a classic blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Unusual for a Medoc, Merlot seems quite dominant on the nose with typical earthy plum and green herbal notes. Rich dark fruit with good depth of flavour reflects the ripeness of the vintage. Tannins are solid, though approachable and finish is already harmoniously integrated. Drinking well now but can age gracefully.

STATUS: OPEN
90   87   16   16  

2009


2011 CHÂTEAU POTENSAC
· MÉDOC AOC  
+763553 · 12x750ml
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52% Merlot, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc. Rather a reserved character on the nose, not extremely open or expressive, with a similarly soft character on the palate akin to that presented by the second wine just tasted. It feels diffuse, with a simple fruit character, with decent if rather firm tannins behind it all. A touch foursquare. And a soft, chewy finish.

STATUS: OPEN
92   91   87-89   87-89   87-88   86-89   85   17   16.5  

2011


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: SOLD OUT
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


2010 L'ORATOIRE CHASSE-SPLEEN
· MOULIS EN MÉDOC AOC
+737779 · 12x750ml
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73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot. 2010 is remarkable for its generous fruitiness and fine woody notes. The tannins are lively and mouth still very fresh for a wine that will be assessed for at least seven to ten years. You can taste today after a little aeration.

STATUS: OPEN

2010      2008      2006



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