Primeurs 2019

Dank der hervorragenden Beziehungen zu den Chateaus in Bordeaux konnte CWW Weinexperte und Beiratsmitglied Markus Del Monego einen kleinen Teil des neuen Bordeaux-Jahrgangs 2019 bereits vorab verkosten.

Primeurs in schwierigen Zeiten 

Als ich Anfang März Bordeaux besuchte, war Corona eine drohende Gefahr am Horizont, und Frankreich war mehr besorgt über einen Streik der Flugsicherung. Ich reiste jedoch nach Bordeaux und hatte die Gelegenheit, erste Einblicke in den Jahrgang 2019 zu bekommen. Ich freute mich sehr auf die "en primeur-Verkostungen", die für den 26. März 2020 geplant waren, aber die Verkostungen wurden Mitte März abgesagt. Sofort nahm ich Kontakt zu den verschiedenen Verbänden und Weingütern in Bordeaux auf und bat um Kostproben. Das Ergebnis war eine kleine Anzahl von Weinen, die in Essen ankamen, bevor die Schließung Frankreichs die Lieferungen ziemlich kompliziert machte. Diese ersten Proben des Jahrgangs 2019 wurden unter unberührten Bedingungen verkostet, um eine faire und gleiche Bewertung aller Qualitäten zu gewährleisten. Tatsächlich erwiesen sich die Proben als richtig, so die Meinung einiger führender Persönlichkeiten aus Bordeaux. Bruno-Eugène Borie vom Château Ducru-Beaucaillou sieht 2019 in einer Linie mit den hervorragenden Jahrgängen 2016, 2010, 2009 und 2005. Henri Lurton spricht über seinen besten Jahrgang, zusammen mit 2016, den er je auf Château Brane-Cantenac vinifiziert hat. Philippe Dhalluin von Château Mouton-Rothschild bewertet den Jahrgang als reich und reichhaltig in Qualität und Quantität. Nach einigen kleineren Ernten erreichten sie wieder eine durchschnittliche Produktion. Emmanuel Cruse von Château d'Issan sieht, dass der 2019 viel mit dem 2016 gemeinsam hat und dennoch mehr Frische bewahrt. Es ist ein sehr guter Jahrgang, der aber in einer sehr schwierigen Zeit auf dem Markt erscheint.

Tatsächlich war der Start dieses Jahrgangs sehr positiv. Genügend Niederschläge im Winter wurden von Böden wie Kreide und Lehm zurückgehalten. Die Weinberge auf diesen wasserspeichernden Böden hatten einen großen Vorteil in der zukünftigen Wachstumsperiode. Mit Ausnahme eines feuchten Juni hat der Jahrgang von einem eher trockenen Klima profitiert, was Krankheiten in den Weinbergen weitgehend verhindert hat. Keine Chance für Mehltau oder Falscher Mehltau. Selbst die Hitzewellen haben den Reben nicht wirklich geschadet, denn der Regen setzte ein, immer im letzten Moment, aber immer noch früh genug, um massiven Wasserstress und eine Verlangsamung der Reife zu verhindern. Die späte physiologische Reife brachte viel Alkohol, aber die Weine zeigen mehr Frische als in den Vorjahren. Fabien Teitgen, Winzer von Smith-Haut-Lafitte, führt diese Frische auf die gute Säure "aufgrund der kühlen Nachttemperaturen während der Reifezeit" zurück. Diese Tatsache ist auch für Weißweine eine gute Nachricht. "Sie sind die große Überraschung", sagt Olivier Bernard von der Domaine de Chevalier. Auf Château Coutet in Barsac haben Philippe und Aline Baly in drei Durchgängen mit insgesamt 19 Lesetagen geerntet. Sie beurteilen die Bedingungen als eher ideal: "Diese klimatischen Bedingungen haben eine Ernte hervorgebracht, deren Qualität unbestreitbar vorhanden ist", so Olivier Bernard von der Domaine de Chevalier.

Leider kommt 2019 in eine schwierige Zeit, der Corona-Virus versetzt die Welt in Angst und erschwert den Handel immer mehr. Handelsbarrieren und neue Zölle schaffen einen herausfordernden Rahmen für diesen Jahrgang. Eines sollten wir jedoch nicht vergessen: Es warten wunderbare 2019er auf uns, Weine mit Alterungspotenzial und Charme, die jede Krise überstehen werden.

Tasting: Primeurs Vintage 2019
Place Essen
Date March, April and May 2020
Taster Markus Del Monego MW
Introduction: 
 
Vintage Wine Appellation Rating Tasting Notes
2019 "B", Château Bastor-Lamontagne Bordeaux Blanc 90 Bright yellow colour with green hue. Elegant nose with aromatic character, reminiscent of grapefruit peel, ripe apricots, Buxus and white blossoms. On the palate well structured with crisp acidity, fresh citrus fruit and hints of lemon peel, very good length. A very appealing, crisp white Bordeaux. 
2019 "Chairman's Selection" Château Plain Point Fronsac 94 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Powerful nose with rather closed character but very good concentration. Ripe fruit upfront and mild spices in the background. On the palate rich with dense structure, distinct yet ripe tannins, well structured with rich taste, flavour repeating the aroma of the nose, firm yet ripe tannins, succulent fruit, good concentration, depth and length. 
2019 "Cuvée Caroline", Château de Chantegrive Graves Blanc 92 Bright yellow colour with green hue. Expressive nose with ripe apricots, peaches, hints of vanilla, roasted hazelnuts and Buxus in the background. On the palate well balanced with crisp acidity, creamy texture, juicy fruit and hints of vanilla in the aftertaste. A classic wine with convincing length. 
2019 "Cuvée Royale", Château des Mille Anges Bordeaux Blanc 87 Pale yellow colour. Aromatic nose reminiscent of ripe grapefruit, juicy apricots, acacia blossoms and hints of lemon zest. On the palate juicy fruit, lemon zest, apricots and hints of peaches, medium bodied with medium length and pleasant finish.  
2019 "Cuvée", Château Gaby Canon-Fronsac 90 Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Concentrated nose with ripe fruit, plums, blackberries and sweet elderberries. Subtle oak in the background, dark chocolate and hints of coffee. On the palate well structured with ripe tannins, elegant freshness, mouth watering fruit, discreet spiciness and fine toasting flavour in the background. A well made wine with very good length. 
2019 "Hautes Carles" Château de Carles Fronsac 93 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Opulent nose with excellent concentration, ripe black cherries, blackberries and plums, vanilla and gingerbread spices, fine toasting aroma. On the palate well structured with ripe tannins, elegant freshness, distinct fruit and spicy aftertaste. An excellent wine with freshness, depth and convincing length. 
2019 "Le Rosé", Château Laurence Bordeaux Rosé 88 Bright rose colour with slightly orange coloured hue. Elegant nose with restrained fruit, hints of red currants, raspberries and mallow blossoms. On the palate well structured and balanced with fine acidity, restrained fruit and hints of minerality in the aftertaste. Medium bodied with good length. 
2019 "Les Cérisiers", Château de Francs Francs - Côtes de Bordeaux 88 Dark purple colour with violet hue. Quite expressive nose with fragrant fruit, reminiscent of blackcurrants, blackberries and hints of violets, toasting aroma and oak spices in the background. On the palate well structured with ripe fruit, juicy berries, firm tannins and good length. 
2019 "Petite Laurence", Château Laurence Bordeaux Blanc 87 Pale yellow colour. Elegant nose with slightly closed character, restrained fruit reminiscent of tangerine, apricots and tropical fruit. On the palate well balanced with juicy fruit, tangerine zest and hints of apricots, , medium bodied with rather good length. 
2019 "Petite Laurence", Château Laurence Bordeaux Supérieur 87 Dark purple colour with violet hue. Aromatic nose with pure fruit, blackcurrants and blackberries, hints of vanilla in the background. On the palate juicy fruit, firm tannins, medium bodied with medium length. 
2019 "Princess Gaby", Château Gaby Canon-Fronsac 88 Dark purple colour with violet hue. Slightly closed nose, opening up only slowly. Restrained fruit, elegant spiciness and hints of earthy minerality. On the palate well balanced with juicy fruit, ripe yet firm tannins and elegant acidity, hints of toasting flavour lingering in the aftertaste. 
2019 Absolu, Château Bourdieu Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux 91 Very dense and concentrated wine with intense purple colour, violet hue and black core. Very powerful nose with distinct dark stone fruit, sweet elderberries, ripe plums and hints of gingerbread spices, discreet toasting aroma in the background. On the palate well structured with good extraction, depth and length, ripe yet firm tannins, juicy fruit, hints of toasting flavour and mild spices in the aftertaste. 
2019 Balthus Bordeaux Supérieur 90 Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Very elegant nose displaying fragrant fruit and fine flowery components. Initially slightly closed the wine opens up very will with some oxygen. On the palate On the palate concentrated, with rich fruit, firm tannins, succulent fruit and discreet spiciness. The relatively intense extraction is well handled, freshness prevailing in the finish. 
2019 Baron de Brane (Château Brane-Cantenac, 2nd wine) Margaux 91 Dark purple red with violet hue and almost black core. Pleasant nose with ripe fruit, mulberries, blackberries and blackcurrants, discreet hint of mild spices, a discreet touch of toasting aroma. On the palate well structured with firm yet ripe tannins, wonderfull freshness and lingering fruit in the aftertaste. (Tasted on april 1, 2020)
2019 Cabernet Franc, Hubert de Boüard Bordeaux 90+ Dark purple colour with violet hue. Aromatic nose with distinct fruit, blackcurrants, sweet elderberries and hints of mild spices and fine toasting aroma in the background. On the palate well balanced and structured with juicy fruit, flavour of dark berries and hints of mild spices, fine tannins and good length. 
2019 Carat de Château Réaut Côtes de Bordeaux 91 Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Very concentrated nose with slightly closed character initially. Blackcurrants, dark berries and slightly roasted aroma in the background. On the palate firm yet ripe tannins, juicy fruit and elegant spiciness. A wine with convincing length and depth. 
2019 Chardonnay, Hubert de Boüard Vin de Pay d'Aquitaine 91 Bright yellow colour with slightly green hue. Elegant nose with ripe pear and juicy apricots, fresh butter and hints of butterscotch, vanilla in the background. On the palate well balanced with creamy texture, crisp acidity, fine toasting aroma, ripe yellow stone fruit and juicy pear, pineapple in the background. A wine with freshness and very good length. 
2019 Château  Corconnac Haut-Médoc 90 Dark purple colour with violet hue. Aromatic nose with distinct fruit, reminiscent of blackcurrants and blackberries, ripe plums and almost peppery spiciness. On the palate well balanced with juicy fruit, ripe tannins, medium bodied with very good length, charming wine. 
2019 Château Alcée Castillon-Côtes de Bordeaux 92 Dark purple colour with violet hue and almost black core. Expressive nose with juicy fruit, dark berries, ripe plums and black cherries, hints of roasting aroma and mild spices in the background. On the palate well structured with elegant character, juicy fruit, subtle oak and distinct fruit flavour reminiscent of black cherries. A wine with appealing freshness and very good length. 
2019 Château Arnauld Haut-Médoc 92 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Well concentrated but initially closed nose ripe blackberries and blackcurrants, hints of dark chocolate and mild spices as well as finely toasted oak. On the palate distinct oak influence, ripe fruit, elegant acidity and well structured tannins. A concentrated yet elegant wine with convincing length. 
2019 Château au Vignoble Bordeaux Supérieur 89 Dark purple colour with violet hue and almost black core. Elegant yet powerful nose with subtle oak influence, ripe stone fruit and dark berries, backed by vanilla, fine toasting aroma and mild spices. On the palate well balanced and structured with ripe tannins, full-bodied character with good length, ripe fruit lingering the finish. 
2019 Château Auguste Bordeaux Rosé 88 Bright rose colour with slightly orange coloured hue. Aromatic nose reminiscent of red currants, raspberries, mallow blossoms and peardrops. On the palate well structured and balanced with fine acidity, juicy fruit reminiscent of red berries and citrus fruit, medium bodied with pleasant mouthfeel and good length. 
2019 Château Auguste Bordeaux 87 A very approachable Bordeaux with dark purple colour and violet hue, charming fruit reminiscent of blackcurrants and blackberries, on the palate juicy fruit, ripe tannins, crisp acidity, meaty finish with medium length. 
2019 Château Badette Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 93 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Excellent nose with hints of flint stone, graphite, blackberries and violets. On the palate well structured and balanced with freshness and depth, fine tannins, ripe fruit and convincing length. 
2019 Château Balestard La Tonnelle Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé 91 Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Well structured nose with ripe berries, blackcurrant leaf, stewed black cherries, hints of mild spices in the background. On the palate well balanced with ripe and juicy fruit, firm tannins, elegant body with convincing length. 
2019 Château Bastor-Lamontagne Sauternes 93 Bright yellow colour with golden hue. Expressive nose with typical botrytis influence and an aroma reminiscent of dried apricots, peach jam, stewed pineapple, with hints of mango and vanilla in the background. On the palate opulent sweetness balanced by elegant acidity, aromatic finish with very convincing length, good structure, balance and depth. A rather sophisticated Sauternes. 
2019 Château Beauséjour, Duffau-Lagarrosse Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé 96 Dark purple colour with violet hue and almost black core. Closed character, needs a lot of time to open up. Rather restrained fruit and discreet spiciness, however showing an excellent potential. On the palate a great wine with freshness and elegance, restrained fruit and mild spices. Elegant style with ripe tannins and excellent length.
2019 Château Béchereau Lalande-de-Pomerol 91 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Very closed nose, restrained fruit, opens up very slowly. On the palate well balanced with silky tannins and charming fruit, good aromatic length. 
2019 Château Bechereau "Couleur Malbec" Montagne-Saint-Emilion 92 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Rich and aromatic nose displaying freshly ground coffee, smoky touch, graphite, backed by ripe dark stone fruit. On the palate opulent yet elegant with freshness, succulent fruit and excellent length. A wonderful, refined wine. 
2019 Château Bellevue Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé 93 Deep purple colour with violet hue and almost black core. Elegant nose with aroma reminiscent of dark chocolate and mild spices, subtle toasting aroma, ripe plums, blackberries and  mulberries. On the palate well structured with firm yet ripe tannins, ripe fruit, discreet spiciness and convincing length, a wine with freshness. 
2019 Château Belle-Vue Haut-Médoc 91 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Concentrated, initially slightly closed character. Aroma reminiscent of ripe plums and juicy blackberries, white pepper and mild spices. On the palate elegant and well structured with firm tannins, crisp acidity and elegant spiciness.  A well structured wine with freshness and aromatic depth. 
2019 Château Bertineau Saint-Vincent Lalande-de-Pomerol 91 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Closed nose, displaying slowly some berry fruit and discreet spiciness. On the palate well balanced with silky tannins and good aromatic length. 
2019 Château Bibian Haut-Médoc 89 Deep purple colour with violet hue and black core. Fine aroma reminiscent of dark berries and liquorice, vanilla and mild spices. On the palate well structured with good balance, ripe tannins, good aromatic length and depth. 
2019 Château Blaignan Médoc 88 Dark purple colour with violet hue and almost black core. Nice fruit, reminiscent of blackcurrants and dark stone fruit, discreet spiciness and hints of toasting aroma in the background. On the palate firm tannins, fresh character with ripe fruit and good aromatic length. 
2019 Château Bois Pertuis Bordeaux 87 Dark purple colour with violet hue and almost black core. Expressive nose with concentrated fruit, ripe blackberries, hints of blackcurrants and black cherries, discreet spiciness and a hint of vanilla in the background. On the palate well structured with firm tannins, ripe fruit and good balance. A medium bodied wine with pleasant length. 
2019 Château Bourdieu Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux 87 Dark purple colour with violet hue and almost black core. Very expressice fruit, ripe blackberries, blackcurrants and sweet plums. Discreet spiciness in the background. On the palate well balanced with ripe and juciy fruit, mature tannins, very pleaseant with excellent fruit in the finish, well structured medium length. 
2019 Château Bournac Médoc 88 Deep purple colour with violet hue and black core. Aromatic nose reminiscent of violet and blackberries, crushed berries and hints of smoke in the background. On the palate well structured with firm yet ripe tannins, juicy fruit, elegant finish with freshness. 
2019 Château Branas Grand Poujeaux Moulis 93 Dark purple red with violet hue and almost black core. Juicy fruit, blackberries, blackcurrant jam, ripe plus, elegant spiciness and hints of toasting aroma in the background. On the palate firm full-bodied with juicy fruit and expressive toasting flavour, ripe tannins, fresh character with fine acidity and excellent length. Elegant and persistent. 
2019 Château Brane-Cantenac Margaux 96 Dark purple red colour with violet hue and black core.Initially quite closed, with some oxygen the nose opens up very well dipslaying fragrant fruit reminiscent of blackcurrants, sweet elderberries, crushed black cherries and mild spices. Fine toasting aroma in the background, elegant gingerbread spices and a touch of vanilla complementing the fruit. On the palate excellent depth and length with great freshness and multilayered fruit. A gorgeaous yet particularly elegant and refined Brane-Cantenac with a promising potential. (Tasted on april 1, 2020)
2019 Château Cadet-Bon Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé 92 Deep purple colour with violet hue and almost black core. Pleasant nose with ripe fruit, dark berries, black cherries and hints of blackcurrant leaf. Discreet spiciness in the background. On the palate well balanced with ripe tannins, juicy fruit, discreet spiciness and subtle oak, well made with depth and very good length. 
2019 Château Cambon La Pelouse Haut-Médoc 92 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Aromatic nose with distinct berry fruit, blackcurrants, plums and blackberries, elegant toasting aroma and mild spices in the background. On the palate succulent fruit, firm yet ripe tannins, elegant acidity, a wonderful wine with freshness, depth and length. 
2019 Château Cantin Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 92 Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Rich and concentrated nose with expressive fruit reminiscent of black cherries, sweet elderberries and blackberry jam. In the background fine toasting aroma and vanilla, mild spices and an almost flowery touch.  On the palate well structured and balanced with freshness, firm yet ripe tannins, succulent fruit and discreet spicy flavour, very savoury character and convincing aromatic length. 
2019 Château Cap de Mourlin Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé 92 Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Aromatic nose with distinct toasting aroma, backed by mild spices and dark berries. On the palate well balanced with ripe tannins, good aromatic length and depth. 
2019 Château Cap Léon Veyrin Listrac 90 Deep purple colour with violet hue and black core. Very typical nose with ripe blackcurrants and hints of blackcurrant blossoms, discreet spiciness in the background. On the palate juicy and fresh with fine fruit and discreet spiciness, medium bodied with very good length. 
2019 Château Carteau (Côtes Daugay) Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 90 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Expressive nose with ripe berry fruit, subtle oak, discreet spiciness. On the palate well structured with juicy fruit, ripe yet firm tannins and good length. 
2019 Château Certan de May de Certan Pomerol 94+ Deep purple colour with violet hue and black core. Powerful nose with distinct toasting aroma, graphite and hints of exotic spices. On the palate well balanced with ripe tannins, good structure, depth and length, very classic style maintaining a certain freshness. 
2019 Château Charmail Haut-Médoc 91 Dark purple colour with violet hue and almost black core. Well structured and concentrated nose, quite opulent with aroma reminiscent of blackberries, blackcurrant leaf, lovage and dark chocolate. On the palate well concentrated with ripe fruit and finely toasted oak. Elegant with convincing finish. 
2019 Château Chauvin Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé 92 Deep purple colour with violet hue and almost black core. Elegant nose with initially closed character, opening up very well, displaying an aroma reminiscent of blackberries, gingerbread spices, wisteria and fine roasting aroma in the background. On the palate firm yet ripe tannins, mild acidity, discreet fruit and mild spices in the aftertaste, very good length. 
2019 Château Cissac Haut-Médoc 92 Purple red with violet hue and black core. Very expressive nose with distinct fruit character, ripe elderberries, blackberries and blackcurrants, elegant yet discreet toasting aroma, with a fine scent of mild spices in the backtround. On the rich yet well structured with freshness and ripe tannins, excellent fruit, discreet spiciness, complex approach with a wonderful length. A noteworthy wine in a remarkable vintage, slightly more classic in style than 2018. (Tasted on march 23, 2020)
2019 Château Clos de Boüard Montagne-Saint-Emilion 92 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Rich and expressive fruit reminiscent of ripe blackberries, sweet plums, mulberries and elderberries. Subtle oak and delicate spices in the background. On the palate well structured with ripe tannins, dark berries and black cherries, hints of sloe and mild spices, elegant roasting aroma. A well balanced with  potential and excellent length. 
2019 Château Clos de Sarpe Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé 93 Deep purple colour with violet hue and black core. Intense and aromatic nose reminiscent of ripe blackcurrants, blackberry jam, candied cherries, vanilla and gingerbread, fine toasting aroma in the background. On the palate opulent fruit, fine acidity, ripe tannins, a wine with promising character and convincing length. 
2019 Château Clos des Princes Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 90 Dark purple colour with violet hue and almost black core. Elegant nose with fragrant fruit, blackberries and sweet elderberries, hints of violets in the background. On the palate well structured with ripe fruit, juicy character, ripe yet firm tannins and good finish. 
2019 Château Clos Dubreuil Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 91 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Aromatic nose, ripe berries and hints of blackcurrant leaf. ON the palate well structured and balanced with integrated ripe tannins and good length. 
2019 Château Corbin Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé 94 Deep purple colour with violet hue and black core. Elegant nose with aroma reminiscent of ripe blackcurrants and blackberries, black cherries, vanilla, hints of cardamom and cinnamon in the background, fine toasting aroma. On the palate well structured and balanced with ripe tannins, juicy fruit, aromatically rich finish. 
2019 Château Côte de Baleau Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé 93 Deep purple colour with violet hue and black core. Aromatic nose with ripe fruit reminiscent of dark berries, ripe plums, fine toasting aroma, dark chocolate and vanilla. On the palate well balanced with firm yet ripe tannins, fine acidity, juicy fruit, mild spices, elegant body and convincing length. 
2019 Château Coudert Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 90 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Intense nose reminiscent of stewed blackcurrants, blackberries and mild spices. On the palate stewed fruit again, well balanced with well structured tannins, good length. 
2019 Château Couhins-Lurton Pessac-Léognan 94 Deep purple colour with violet hue and almost black core. Ripe nose with elegant character and fragrant fruit, blackcurrants and sweet elderberries. Hints of vanilla and toasting aroma in the background. On the palate well balanced and structured with silky tannins, ripe and juicy fruit, elegant finish with freshness and convincing length. 
2019 Château Couhins-Lurton Pessac-Léognan Blanc 94 Bright yellow colour with green hue. Very elegant yet expressive nose with juicy fruit. Fresh peaches, juicy apricots, ripe lime and lemon zest, broom and white blossoms. On the palate crisp acidity, excellent flavour repeating the aroma of the nose, freshness and minerality, excellent aromatic length. 
2019 Château Couvent des Jacobins Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé 93 Deep purple colour with violet hue and almost black core. Expressive nose with aroma reminiscent of dark chocolate, vanilla, ripe dark berries and juicy plums. On the palate well balanced with ripe tannins, elegant freshness and juicy fruit, multi-layered spiciness in the finish, a wine with convincing length. 
2019 Château Croix Cardinale Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 91 Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Elegant nose with ripe fruit, e.g. plums, black cherries and blackberries. Elegant toasting aroma in the background reminiscent of chocolate and coffee. On the palate well structured with firm tannins, sweet fruit, discreet spiciness and good length. 
2019 Château Croix de Labrie Saint-Emilion Grand Cru  92 A rich yet elegant wine with dark purple colour, violet hue and black core. Excellent nose with multilayered aroma reminsicent of ripe dark berries, elegant toasting, balmy character with hints of tobacco leaf, vanilla and gingerbread spices in the background. On the palate well structured with concentrated characer, distinct freshness, ripe yet firm tannins, juicy fruit and convincing length. 
2019 Château d'Agassac Haut-Médoc 91 Dark purple colour with violet hue and almost black core. Aromatic nose reminiscent of blackberries, blackcurrant leaf, liquorice and mild spices. On the palate well structured with ripe tannins, freshness and juicy fruit, well balanced with very good length. 
2019 Château Dalem  Fronsac 93 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Intense nose with ripe fruit, balmy spices and discreet minerality. On the palate well balanced character with freshness, ripe fruit, mature tannins, excellent aromatic depth and length. Very convincing example. 
2019 Château d'Arsac Margaux 92 Dark purple colour with violet hue and almost black core. Expressive nose with fragrant fruit reminiscent of blackberries, blackcurrants, wisteria and hints of mild spices. On the palate well structured and balanced with ripe tannins, elegant acidity, silky mouthfeel and convincing length. 
2019 Château Dassault Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé 94 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. A powerful aromatic expression, rich yet elegant, dark berries, black stone fruit, vanilla, mild spices and very subtle oak. On the palate ripe tannins, elegant freshness, multi-layered fruit and hints of mild spices, a wonderful wine with excellent length, "tout en finesse". 
2019 Château Daugay Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 92 Dark purple red with violet hue and almost black core. Refined nose with aroma reminiscent of blackberries, raspberries and sweet elderberries, subtle oak, fine toasting aroma and mild spices. On the palate well structured with ripe tannins, fine acidity, flavourful fruit and mild spices. A wonderful wine with freshness, aromatic depth and very good length. 
2019 Château Dauzac Margaux Grand Cru Classé 94 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Aromatic nose with fresh character, fragrant fruit reminiscent of blackcurrants, elderberries, mulberries, gingerbread spices, dark chocolate and fine toasting aroma. On the palate freshness and elegance, ripe tannins and multi-layered fruit, a fin wine with convincing length. 
2019 Château de Carles Fronsac 92 Dark purple red with violet hue and almost black core. Convincing nose with aroma reminiscent of candied berries, raspberries and blackberries, subtle oak in the background, discreet spiciness. On the palate well structured with mouth watering character, freshness and juicy fruit, ripe tannins and very good length. 
2019 Château de Chantegrive Graves 90 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Expressive nose with ripe fruit, dark berries and stone fruit, dark chocolate, cocoa, mocha, vanilla and gingerbread spices. On the palate well structured and balanced with firm tannins, juicy fruit and convincing length. 
2019 Château de Chantegrive Graves Blanc 90 Bright yellow colour with green hue. Aromatically closed nose with restrained fruit yet well structured. On the palate mor open, expressive fruit, juicy peaches and apricots, hints of pineapple and lime in the background. A crisp wine with good length. 
2019 Château de Ferrand Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé 94 Deep purple colour with violet hue and black core. A very concentrated yet initially slightly closed nose, displaying an aroma reminiscent of ripe blackberries and blackcurrants, black cherries and discreet flowery hue, fine toasting aroma in combination with gingerbread spices. On the palate densely woven structure, savoury taste with ripe tannins and fine acidity, mild spices and ripe fruit. An excellent wine with promising potential. 
2019 Château de France Pessac-Léognan 92 Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Expressive nose with ripe blackberries and blackcurrants, hints of graphite and almost smoky toasting aroma, discreet touch of mild spices in the background. On the palate well structured and balanced with ripe tannins, juicy fruit and very good length. 
2019 Château de France Pessac-Léognan Blanc 90 Bright yellow colour with golden hue. Refined nose with restrained fruit, hints of apricots, peaches and grapefruit peel, on the palate juicy and well structured with good fruit, good aromatic length and wonderful freshness. 
2019 Château de la Dauphine Fronsac 91 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Crushed blackberries, blackcurrants and raspberries, elegant toasting aroma, supported by mild spices. On the palate medium bodied with good structure and length, ripe yet firm tannins. 
2019 Château de Lamarque Haut-Médoc 90 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Slowly opening nose with aroma reminiscent of ripe blackberries and mulberries, sweet elderberries, backed by nice toasting aroma, vanilla and gingerbread spices. On the palate firm yet ripe tannins, juicy fruit, restrained spiciness and good length. 
2019 Château de Laussac Castillon - Côtes de Bordeaux 89 Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Aromatic nose with slightly smoky character, ripe dark berries and dark stone fruit, hints of vanilla in the background. On the palate well structured with ripe fruit, firm tannins, slightly smoky finish with good length. 
2019 Château de Laussac "Cuvée Sacha" Castillon - Côtes de Bordeaux 91 Dark purple red with violet hue and almost black core. Well structured nose with ripe fruits reminiscent of blackberries, blackcurrants and hints of mulberries. Spicy touches and a hint of graphite in the background. On the palate well structured with ripe blackcurrants, hints of blackcurrant leaf, ripe yet firm tannins and good length. 
2019 Château de Malleret Haut-Médoc 91 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Concentrated nose with aroma reminiscent of blackcurrants and blackberries, discreet toasting aroma and mild spices in the background. On the palate juicy fruit, firm yet ripe tannins, fine acidity, freshness and length. 
2019 Château de Pressac Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé 94 Deep purple colour with violet hue and black core. Opulent nose with intense fruit, blackberries, sweet elderberries, ripe plums, hints of wild strawberries in the background. Distinct toasting aroma, dark chocolate and mild spices, vanilla in the background. On the palate well structured and balanced with sweet berries, mild spices, ripe tannins and elegant freshness, multi-layered finish. The best de Pressac ever tasted "en primeur". 
2019 Château de Sales Pomerol 93+ Dark purple red colour with violet hue and almost black core. Fragrant nose with aroma reminsicent of blackberries, sweet elderberries, juicy mulberries and a discreet flowery touch in the background. Wonderful spiciness with hints of vanilla and gingerbread. On the palate well balanced and structured with ripe yet firm tannins, exemplary freshness, fine minerality, juicy fruit and hints of liquorice and flowery tones in the background. (Tasted on march 26, 2020)
2019 Château de Viaud Lalande-de-Pomerol 91 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Very elegant nose with ripe berries and hints of iodine minerality, in the background black cherries and hints of mild spices. On the palate well structured with ripe tannins, good aromatic length and depth. 
2019 Château des Laurets Puisseguin Saint-Emilion 89 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Concentrated fruit in combination with hints of mild spices, on the palate opulent and well balanced with convincing structure and length. Juicy fruit in combination with firm tannins. 
2019 Château des Laurets "Baron Edmond" Sélection Parcellaire Puisseguin Saint-Emilion 91 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Concentrated fruit, stewed berries and marinated plums, black cherries in the background. Mild spices, elegant roasting aroma. On the palate juicy berries, firm tannins, a touch of sweet fruit, well structured with good length. 
2019 Château des Mille Anges Cadillac - Côtes de Bordeaux 86 Dark purple colour with violet hue. Quite typical nose with ripe berries, blackcurrants and hints of blackcurrant leaf, on the palate well structured with firm tannins, ripe fruit, however slightly rough finish. 
2019 Château Destieux Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé 92 Deep purple colour with violet hue and almost black core. Aromatic nose with slight ethereal aroma, dark berries, toasted oak in the background. On the palate well structured with ripe tannins, mild acidity, sweet fruit and gingerbread spices, well made with very good length. 
2019 Château Deyrem-Valentin Margaux 92 Dark purple colour with violet hue and almost black core. Elegant nose with initially restrained fruit, slowly opening up, displaying aroma reminiscent of mulberries and elderberries, discreet spiciness in the background. On the palate freshness and elegance with fine acidity, ripe tannins, dark berries and mild spices, well structured with very good length. 
2019 Château d'Issan Margaux 95+ Very intense purple red with violet hue. Classy nose with fragrant fruit, juicy mulberries, ripe blackcurrants and blackberries, genteel hints of red berries in the background. Noble toasting aroma and hints of mild spices in the background. On the palate well structured with ripe fruit, blackberrie and hints of blackcurrants. Silky tannins, great freshness, depth and length. A wonderful wine with excellent tension. (Tasted on march 20, 2020)
2019 Château du Bois Chantant "cuvée Laurence H" Bordeaux Supérieur 88 Dark purple colour with violet hue and almost black core. Aromatic nose reminiscent of blackcurrants, ripe mulberries and sweet elderberries, mild spices in the background, hints of vanilla and discreet toasting aroma. On the palate well structured with firm tannins balanced by juicy fruit, elegant spiciness in the aftertaste, medium bodied with good length. 
2019 Château du Cartillon  Haut-Médoc 89 Purple red with violet hue and almost black core. Lovely nose with fragrant fruit reminiscent of ripe blackberries, fresh blackcurrant, mulberries in the background, elegant hints of vanilla and toasting aroma. On the palate rich and well structured with ripe tannins, fine acidity adding freshness and good aromatic length with lingering fruit and toasting flavour.  
2019 Château du Paradis Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 90 Dark purple red with violet hue an almost black core. Fragrant fruit reminiscent of blackberries and blackcurrants, hints of cedar wood in the background and a touch of vanilla. On the palate well structured with juicy character, ripe fruit and discreet spiciness, subtle oak in the background. 
2019 Château du Parc Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 92 Dark purple colour with violet hue and almost black core. Excellent nose with multilayered fruit, blackberries, elderberries and hints of raspberries, elegant spiciness in the background, a touch of toasted oak, dark chocolate and hints of vanilla. On the palate well structured with fresh character, ripe tannins, fine acidity, well balanced fruit and discreet spiciness, a balanced Saint-Emilion with good length. 
2019 Château du Taillan Haut-Médoc 92 Dark purple colour with violet hue and almost black core. Well structured and expressive nose with distinct aroma reminiscent of blackcurrants, blackberries and mulberries, vanilla and fine toasting aroma in the background. On the palate well concentrated with ripe berries and plums, fine toasting flavour and very good length. 
2019 Château Dubois-Grimont Castillon - Côtes de Bordeaux 88 Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Very elegant nose initially slightly closed, displaying mild gingerbread spices, ripe berries and hints of cold smoke. On the palate well structured with ripe fruit, firm tannins and good length. 
2019 Château Ducluzeaux Listrac 89 Dark purple colour with violet hue and almost black core. Fine nose with elegant dark berry fruit, hints of vanilla and mild spices in the background. On the palate firm yet ripe tannins, juicy fruit and hints of mild spices. A mouth-watering wine with freshness and good length. 
2019 Château Escot Médoc 87 Deep purple colour with violet hue and almost black core. Refined nose with blackcurrants and blackberries, discreet and almost smoky spiciness in the background. On the palate well balanced with ripe yet firm tannins, juicy fruit and good length. 
2019 Château Faizeau, Sélection Vieilles Vignes Montagne-Saint-Emilion 88 Dark purple red with violet hue and almost black core. Elegant nose with restrained fruit and discreet spiciness. More open on the palate with firm tannins balanced by juicy ripe berries and hints of mild spices, good aromatic length. 
2019 Château Faugères Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé 94 Deep purple colour with violet hue and black core. Intense and concentrated nose, dark berries and mild spices, fine toasting aroma, needs time to open up. On the palate rich character, well balanced with a juicy finish and freshness, ripe tannins and mild acidity. A wine with convincing length, aromatic depth and excellent potential. 
2019 Château Faurie de Souchard Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé 93 Purple colour with violet hue and black core. Aromatic nose reminiscent of ripe elderberries, Boysenberries, discreet flowery components and mild spices. Fine toasting aroma in the background. On the palate quite elegant, well balanced with ripe yet firm tannins, restrained fruit and discreet spiciness, convincing length. 
2019 Château Fleur Cardinale Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé 94 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Expressive nose with aroma reminiscent of blackberries, forest berry jam, ripe figs and hints of sloe. Backed by fine toasting aroma, mocha and dark chocolate, vanilla and gingerbread. On the palate well concentrated yet elegant with juicy fruit, sweet tannins, excellent depth and length, a wonderful, rich but elegant wine with complexity and class. 
2019 Château Fombrauge Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé 93 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Aromatic nose with ripe dark berries, plums and black cherries, stewed elderberries in the background. Distinct toasting aroma and mild spices. On the palate rich start with firm tannins, juicy fruit and hints of mild spices, well structured very good length. 
2019 Château Fonbadet Pauillac 92 Deep purple colour with violet hue and black core. Aromatic nose with distinct berry fruit, fine toasting aroma and elegant spiciness in the background. On the palate distinct toasting flavour, rich fruit, powerful yet elegant with very good length. 
2019 Château Fonplégade Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé 94 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Initially slightly closed, the nose opens up well, displaying an aroma reminiscent of dark chocolate and cocoa, ripe berries and plums, elegant oak. On the palate well structured with firm yet ripe tannins, juicy fruit and hints of roasting flavour and mild spices, well made with convincing length. 
2019 Château Fonréaud Listrac 91 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Expressive nose with complex approach, blackberries and blackcurrants, ripe black cherries and hints of elderberries in the background. Fragrant flowery components and elegant hints of vanilla in combination with distinct toasting aroma. On the palate opulent taste with firm yet ripe tannins, juicy and multi-layered fruit, wonderful toasting flavour and hints of gingerbread spies, excellent wine with freshness and convincing length.  
2019 Château Fonroque Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé 94 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Aromatic nose reminiscent of blackcurrant jam, ripe strawberries, gingerbread spices and vanilla, fine toasting aroma. On the palate well balanced and structured with ripe yet firm tannins, freshness and aromatic depth, excellent with convincing length. 
2019 Château Fontenil Fronsac 93 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Opulent nose with wonderful fruit, layers of dark berries and dark stone fruit, hints of mild spices and very elegant toasting aroma in the background. On the palate well structured with depth and length, silky tannins, juicy fruit and a wonderful lingering finish. 
2019 Château Franc Mayne Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé 92 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Quite closed but very concentrated nose with restrained fruit and discreet spiciness. On the palate sweet fruit, mild spices and roasting flavour, firm yet ripe tannins, good depth and length. 
2019 Château Franc Pipeau Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 91 Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Aromatic nose with distinct toasting aroma, blackcurrants and blackberries. On the palate well structured with ripe fruit, juicy character and ripe yet firm tannins, a convincing wine with good length. 
2019 Château Gaby Canon-Fronsac 93 Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Excellent nose, initially slightly closed, well structured and concentrated aroma reminiscent of ripe dark berries, juicy dark stone fruit, fine toasting aroma and mild spices. On the palate rich character, well structured with ripe yet firm tannins, elegant freshness, flavourful fruit, fine toasting flavour, hints of dark chocolate, mild spices and liquorice in the finish. An excellent wine with convincing length. 
2019 Château Gouprie Pomerol 90 Dark purple red with violet hue and almost black core. Well structured nose with cherries, plums and mulberries, elegant toasting aroma. On the palate juicy fruit, firm tannins and good length. 
2019 Château Gracia Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 92 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Well structured and concentrated nose, aromatically dense yet closed. On the palate well structured with firm tannins and ripe fruit in the background. Powerful character with good length. 
2019 Château Grand Corbin Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé 92 Dark purple colour with violet hue. Aromatic nose with elegant fruit, blackberries, raspberries and hints of elderberries, mild spices and fine toasting aroma in the background. On the palate ripe tannins, fine acidity, good structure and length, showing potential. firm tannins, good structured and length with aromatic finish.
2019 Château Grand Corbin-Despagne Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé 93 Deep purple colour with violet hue and black core. Closed nose, opening up slowly, displaying an aroma reminiscent of ripe cherries and elderberries with hints of vanilla and mild spices in the background. Subtle oak. On the palate well structured with ripe tannins, sweet fruit, multi-layered character and convincing length. 
2019 Château Grand Puy Ducasse Pauillac 94 Dark purple red colour with violet hue and black core. Elegant aroma reminiscent of ripe blackcurrants and blackberries, sweet elderberries and fine toasting aroma, discreet spiciness in the background. On the palate well structured with sweet tannins and fine acidity, ripe fruit and mild spices, fine toasting flavour lingering in the finish, very good balance, depth and length. 
2019 Château Grand-Pontet Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé 92 Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Pleasant nose with subtle oak and ripe fruit, blackberries, mulberries and hints of sweet elderberries. Slightly flowery hints in the background. On the palate well balanced with juicy fruit, wonderful freshness and very good tannins, convincing length, very appealing aftertaste. 
2019 Château Haut l'Abeille "Premium" Bordeaux Blanc 90 Bright straw yellow colour. Ethereal nose with aroma reminiscent of pineapple, peaches and grapefruit peel. Hints of vanilla in the background. On the palate well balanced with crisp acidity, succulent fruit, hints of toasting aroma and mild spices in the background. Lingering fruit in the aftertaste. 
2019 Château Haut-Beauséjour Saint-Estèphe 90 Dark purple red with violet hue. Aromatic nose with ripe berries and hints of cherries, discreet spiciness in the background. On the palate well structured with ripe fruit, juicy character, freshness and ripe tannins. A pleasant wine with good length. 
2019 Château Haut-Sarpe Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé 92 Dark purple colour with violet hue and almost black core. Elegant nose with fragrant fruit, blackberries, raspberries and discreet flowery hints in the background. Subtle oak and fine toasting aroma. On the palate elegant character, freshness, ripe tannins, fine fruit and discreet spiciness. A classic style with very good length. 
2019 Château Haut-Surget Lalande de Pomerol 92 Dark purple red with violet hue and almost black core. Fragrant fruit, red and dark berries, juicy plums and ripe figs. Delicate spices and hints of toasted gingerbread in the background. On the palate elegant fruit, ripe tannins, delicate toasting flavour and wonderful spiciness lingering in the aftertaste, a charming wine with very good length. 
2019 Château Jean Faure Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé 93 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Rich and concentrated nose with aroma reminiscent of dark chocolate, ripe blackberries, sloe and elderberries, vanilla and hints of mild spices. On the palate elegant character, freshness, ripe tannins, juicy fruit and discreet spiciness, excellent length with fine-spun flavour in the aftertaste. 
2019 Château Jean Voisin Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 90 Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Elegant nose with fragrant aroma of cocoa and dark berries, vanilla and mild spices in the background. On the palate fine toasting aroma, backed by succulent fruit, ripe tannins and elegant freshness, a fine wine with good length. 
2019 Château Kirwan Margaux 94 Dark purple red colour with violet hue and black core. Expressive nose with distinct fruit, blackberries, ripe blackcurrants, juicy plums and sweet elderberries. In the background discreet hints of vanilla and toasting aroma. On the palate very elegant with juicy fruit, repeating the aromt of the nose. Well balanced with ripe tannins, freshness and convincing length. (Tasted on march 25, 2020) 
2019 Château La Bastienne Montagne-Saint-Emilion 89 Dark purple colour with violet hue and almost black core. Expressive nose with fine fruit, blackberries, mulberries and hints of ripe plums, decent roasting aroma, mild gingerbread spices in the background. On the palate elegant with freshness, ripe fruit, firm tannins and good length. 
2019 Château La Chandellière Médoc 88 Deep purple colour with violet hue and black core. Elegant nose with fine fruit, blackcurrants and blackberries, fine toasting aroma, hints of white blossoms in the background. On the palate well structured with firm yet ripe tannins, good aromatic length and lingering fruit in the aftertaste. 
2019 Château La Clémence Pomerol 93 Deep purple colour with violet hue and black core. Elegant nose with slightly restrained fruit and balmy hints in the background. On the palate rich and well structured with mature tannins, ripe fruit and convincing length. 
2019 Château La Commanderie Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé 92 Deep purple colour with violet hue and black core. Closed character, ripe fruit, figs and plums, dark berries, discreet spiciness and toasting aroma in the background. On the palate well balanced with ripe yet firm tannins, juicy fruit and mild spices, elegant with good length. 
2019 Château La Couronne "Réserve" Montagne-Saint-Emilion 89 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Expressive nose with ripe fruit, fresh berries and dark stone fruit, hints of mild spices in the background. On the palate well structured, juicy fruit, balanced tannins and a very fresh finish. 
2019 Château la Couspaude Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé 92 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Rich nose distinct fruit, stewed plums, blackberry jam, ripe elderberries, vanilla  in the background. Distinct oak influence. On the palate well structured with ripe tannins, opulent style with ripe berries and mild spices, good concentration and length. 
2019 Château La Dominique Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé 94 Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Powerful yet elegant, dark chocolate, fresh ground coffee, ripe blackberries, blackcurrant jelly, flowery hints in the background. On the palate On the palate well balanced with juicy fruit, ripe tannins, great freshness and aromatic length, a great wine for its vintage. 
2019 Château La Fleur Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 92 Dark purple colour with violet hue and almost core. Aromatic nose reminiscent of blackberries, sweet elderberries and plums, hints of mild spices and dark chocolate in the background. On the palate well structured with ripe fruit, repeating the flavour of the nose, elegant spiciness, ripe yet firm tannins and convincing length. A wine with depth and freshness. 
2019 Château La Fleur d'Arthus Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 91 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Elegant nose with fragrant fruit, blackberries and mulberries, discreet spiciness in the background, slight toasting aroma. On the palate well structured with freshness, juicy fruit, well balanced with good length and promising potential. 
2019 Château La Fleur de Boüard Lalande de Pomerol 94 Dark purple red with violet hue and almost black core. Expressive nose with initially slightly closed character, however opening up very well. Aroma reminiscent of ripe blackberries, juicy plums and black cherries, liquorice and mild spices in the background, subtle oak and hints of dark chocolate in the background. On the palate elegant with ripe and silky tannins, rich fruit, subtle oak with discreet toasting aroma and mild spices. Excellent, one of the winners of this vintage. 
2019 Château La Fleur Morange Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé 93 Deep purple colour with violet hue and black core. Expressive nose, blackberry jam, ripe strawberries, hints of Crème de Cassis, dark chocolate and roasted gingerbread in the background. On the palate well balanced with firm yet ripe tannins, full-bodied with very good length. 
2019 Château la Fortune Margaux 90 Dark purple colour with violet hue and almost black core. Excellent wine with closed character, needs time to open up, restrained fruit and discreet spiciness. On the palate freshness and juicy character, well structured with good length. A promising Margaux.
2019 Château La Louvière Pessac-Léognan 93 Deep purple colour with violet hue and black core. Intense fruit reminiscent of dark berries, juicy plums and cherries, fine toasting aroma in the background. On the palate quite powerful and expressive, well structured with mature tannins and ripe fruit. A very fine example with very good length. 
2019 Château La Louvière Pessac-Léognan Blanc 91 Bright yellow colour with green hue. Elegant nose with ripe fruit aroma reminiscent of juicy peaches, ripe pineapple, grapefruit zest, fresh lime in the background as well as white blossoms. On the palate well balanced with ripe citrus fruit and peaches, crisp acidity, elegant and almost salty minerality, very good length. 
2019 Château La Marzelle Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé 92 Deep purple colour with violet hue and black core. Aromatic nose reminiscent of blackberries and plums, blackcurrant leaf, discreet spiciness in the background. On the palate well structured with ripe tannins, freshness and very good aromatic length. 
2019 Château La Prade Francs-Côtes de Bordeaux- 90 Dark purple colour with violet hue and almost black core. Elegant with aroma reminiscent of blackberries, black cherries and elderberries, hints of fine toasting, dark chocolate and vanilla in the background. On the palate well structured with ripe tannins, decent acidity, sweet fruit reminiscent of dark berries and cherries, hints of vanilla in the background. A very approachable wine with freshness and good length. 
2019 Château La Serre Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé 94 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Expressive nose with fragrant fruit, reminiscent of blackberries, juicy plums, black cherries, complemented by hints of peony. On the palate rich yet elegant with succulent fruit and ripe tannins, complex finish, very elegant and fresh with aromatic depth and excellent length.  
2019 Château La Tour Figeac Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé 94 Dark purple colour with violet hue and almost black core. Well balanced and fragrant nose with aroma reminiscent of subtle oak, vanilla and fine toasting, backed by ripe berries, e.g. blackberries and mulberries. Hints of black cherries in the background. On the palate opulent character, dark chocolate and fin toasting aroma, sweet and juicy fruit, gingerbread spices in the aftertaste. A well made 2019 with power and elegance, convincing length and complex finish.  
2019 Château La Vieille Cure Fronsac 91 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Elegant nose, slightly closed, with restrained fruit. Ripe blackberries and aromatic cherries. Hints of vanilla and mild spices in the background. On the palate well structured with aromatic depth and length, ripe tannins and multi-layered fruit in the finish. 
2019 Château La Voûte Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 91 Dark purple colour with violet hue and almost core. Aromatic nose reminiscent of dark berries, dark chocolate and incense. On the palate juicy fruit, flavourful spiciness, good structure and length, ripe tannins, overall very opulent yet fresh character. 
2019 Château Larcis Ducasse Saint-Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé 96 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Very appealing nose with aroma reminiscent of ripe dark berries and stone fruit. Discreet spiciness and almost flowery hints in the background. On the palate, freshness and finesse go hand in hand, very elegant fruit, ripe tannins, excellent length. 
2019 Château Laffitte Carcasset Saint-Estèphe 92 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Well concentrated nose with intense berry fruit and flowery hints in the background. On the palate well structured with good extraction, ripe tannins, freshness and convincing aromatic length. 
2019 Château Lafitte Côtes de Bordeaux 89 Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Very open nose with aroma reminiscent of ripe blackberries and sweet elderberries, discreet spiciness in the background. On the palate well structured with firm yet ripe tannins, elegant fruit, pleasant in the finish with a certain depth. 
2019 Château Lafleur de Viaud Lalande-de-Pomerol 91 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Aromatic nose with ripe blackberries and hints of forest berry jam, discreet spiciness. Great elegance on the palate, juicy fruit, ripe and almost silky tannins, well made with convincing length. 
2019 Château Lagarosse "Cuvée les Comtes" Cadillac - Côtes de Bordeaux 90 Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Very concentrated yet closed nose, opens up very slowly, ripe berries, mild spices and a touch of smoke in the background. On the palate well structured with quite opulent taste, intense fruit, smoky and roasted touches, well balanced with ripe tannins and very convincing length. 
2019 Château Lamothe-Bergeron Haut-Médoc 92 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Intense nose with aroma reminiscent of fresh ground coffee, dark chocolate, finely toasted oak, backed by aromatic fruit, blackberries and ripe plums, black cherries and mulberries. On the palate distinct oak influence with vanilla and dark chocolate, ripe fruit and well structured tannins. A powerful wine with convincing length in a very modern yet fresh style. 
2019 Château Laroque Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé 93 Deep purple red colour with violet hue. Aromatic nose, distinct oak character, black chocolate and coffee, blackberries and ripe plums. On the palate opulent with ripe tannins, fine acidity, very good structure and length with convincing aromatic finish.
2019 Château Larose Perganson Haut-Médoc 90 Dark purple colour with violet hue and almost black core. Fragrant nose with blackberries and wisteria, mild spices and fine toasting aroma. On the palate well structure with freshness and elegance, fine fruit and discreet spiciness, medium bodied with very good length. 
2019 Château Laroze Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé 93 Deep purple colour with violet hue and almost black core. Elegant nose with fragrant fruit and fine earthy character. Ripe dark berries and plums, hints of Meringue and vanilla, graphite and beetroots, discreet spiciness and roasting aroma in the background. On the palate well structured with ripe tannins, freshness and aromatic depth, with convincing length. 
2019 Château Laurence Bordeaux Blanc 89 Bright yellow colour with green hue. Fragrant nose with aroma reminiscent of apricots and peaches, citrus fruit, lemon zest and hints of mint. On the palate well balanced with juicy fruit, lemon zest, ripe apricots, hints of Buxus and vanilla in the background, well structured with good length. 
2019 Château Laurence Bordeaux Supérieur 89 Dark purple colour with violet hue. Quite powerful nose with restrained fruit, reminiscent of blackcurrants, mulberries and blackberries, hints of vanilla and fine toasting aroma as well as oak spices in the background. On the palate well structured with firm tannins, rather full-bodied with good length, ripe berries and mild spices lingering the finish. 
2019 Château Le Bon Pasteur Pomerol 92 Deep purple colour with violet hue and black core. Aromatic nose reminiscent of balmy spices, crushed dark berries and elegant roasting aroma. On the palate well structured with firm yet ripe tannins, succulent fruit, opulent character with good length. 
2019 Château le Châtelet Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé 92 Deep purple colour with violet hue and black core. Fine nose with elegant aroma reminiscent of dark berries, oak spices, roasted gingerbread and vanilla. On the palate displaying freshness with juicy fruit, ripe tannins  mild spices and very good length. 
2019 Château Le Crock Saint-Estèphe 91 Dark purple red colour with violet hue and almost black core. Elegant nose with ripe fruit, hints of toasting aroma, graphite and subtle oak. On the palate very elegant with ripe tannins, fine acidity, juicy fruit and lingering spiciness in the aftertaste. 
2019 Château le Prieuré Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé 93 Dark purple colour with violet hue and almost black core. Slightly closed nose, however well structured. Restrained fruit, elegant spiciness and fine toasting aroma. On the palate well structured with ripe tannins, juicy fruit, elegant spiciness and fine toasting aroma. A wine with freshness, depth and convincing length. 
2019 Château Léoville Poyferré Saint-Julien 97 Dark purple red colour with violet hue and black core. Sophisticated aroma reminiscent of blackberries, blackcurrants, sweet elderberries, vanilla, balmy spices, hints of toasted oak in the background. On the palate excellent style with great purity and elegance, freshness and complexity. A gorgeous wine with excellent tension on the palate, a real character. 
2019 Château Leroy-Beauval Bordeaux 89 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. An excellent nose with intense fruit, blackberries, blackcurrants and mulberries, ripe black cherries in the background, discreet toasting aroma and mild spices. On the palate concentrated and rich yet fresh with juicy fruit, ripe yet firm tannins and convincing length. 
2019 Château Les Charmes-Godard Francs-Côtes de Bordeaux Blanc 89 Bright yellow colour with greenish hue. Aroma reminiscent of ripe pear, pineapple, candied lemon zest and hints of white blossoms. On the palate well balanced with crisp acidity, elegant fruit and savoury character, an elegant wine with good length. 
2019 Château Les Clauzots Graves Blanc 90 Bright, almost pale yellow colour. Aromatic nose with ripe yellow stone fruit, citrus fruit and hints of Buxus. On the palate well structured with expressive fruit, juicy peaches, citrus fruit, hints of Buxus and flowery flavour, crisp acidity and very good length. 
2019 Château les Grandes Murailles Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé 94 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Aromatic and concentrated nose, however slightly closed but showing a promising potential. Dark berry and stone fruit, hints of mild spices. On the palate well structured with a rich start and an elegant, lingering finish. A wine with freshness, ripe tannins and convincing length. 
2019 Château Les Trois Croix Fronsac 93 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Elegant nose with mild gingerbread spices, ripe berries and juicy cherries, wonderful balmy components in the background. On the palate well structured with excellent tannins, fine acidity, great freshness and elegance, supported by juicy fruit. A wine with depth and length. 
2019 Château Lestage  Listrac 92 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Opulent nose with aroma reminiscent of dark chocolate, roasted coffee and hints of smoke, a distinct oak expression, backed by juicy fruit, reminiscent of blackcurrants, ripe black cherries and sweet elderberries. The opulence continues on the palate however tamed by fine acidity which adds a lot of freshness, a wine with depth and aromatic length promising an excellent evolution in the future.
2019 Château Lestage-Simon Haut-Médoc 90 Dark purple red with violet hue and almost black core. Well structured but slightly closed nose, restrained fruit reminiscent of dark berries and ripe plums, elegant spiciness in the background. On the palate well structured with ripe yet firm tannins, juicy fruit and restrained spiciness. A quite promising wine with good length. 
2019 Château Lilian-Ladouys Saint-Estèphe 92 Dark purple colour with violet hue and almost black core. Ripe plums and black cherries, blackberries and sweet elderberries, hints of vanilla, mild spices and dark chocolate. On the palate well structured with firm yet ripe tannins, flavourful fruit, freshness and good aromatic depth. 
2019 Château Madran Bordeaux 87 Deep purple colour with violet hue and almost black core. Ripe nose with juicy fruit, black cherries, blackberries and sweet plums, discreet spiciness, on the palate stewed fruit, well balanced with ripe tannins, hints of mild spices in the background, medium bodied with rather good length. A pleasant wine with charming fruit. 
2019 Château Madran "Cuvée Prestige" Bordeaux Supérieur 88 Deep purple colour with violet hue and black core. Well structured nose, ripe dark berries and juicy plus, discreet hints of vanilla and mild spices. On the palate juicy fruit, well balanced with ripe yet firm tannins, well structured with good aromatic length. 
2019 Château Magnol Haut-Médoc 91 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Well concentrated modern nose with distinct aroma reminiscent of dark chocolate and mild spices, blackcurrants and blackberries. On the palate elegant yet well concentrated with fresh fruit and finely toasted oak. An elegant wine with good aromatic depth and very good length. 
2019 Château Maillet Pomerol 93 Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Charming nose with distinct fruit reminiscent of black cherry jam, juicy plums, hints of vanilla and cocoa. On the palate well structured and balanced with firm yet ripe tannins, juicy fruit and discreet spiciness, subtle oak adding complexity. Well made with convincing length. 
2019 Château Malescasse Haut-Médoc 92 Dark purple colour with violet hue and almost black core. Well balanced nose with fragrant fruit, reminiscent of ripe plums and dark berries, discreet toasting aroma in the background. On the palate well structured and balanced with ripe tannins, rich mouthfeel, multi-layered fruit and very convincing finish. 
2019 Château Marojallia Margaux 92 Deep purple colour with violet hue and almost black core. Refined nose with restrained fruit and discreet spiciness, very elegant approach yet displaying a certain persistence. On the palate well balanced with silky tannins, ripe fruit and discreet spiciness, hints of minerality in the aftertaste. A wine with freshness, aromatic depth and length.  
2019 Château Mayne Lalande Listrac 92 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Aromatically rich nose with black cherries, blackberries and raspberries, distinct oak influence, balmy spices, vanilla, gingerbread, in the background ethereal freshness. On the palate well structured with ripe yet firm tannins, fine acidity, convincing depth and length with lingering fruit and toasting aroma. 
2019 Château Meyney Saint-Estèphe 92 Dark purple red with violet hue and almost black core. Aromatic nose with ripe berries, mild spices and hints of toasted gingerbread in the background. On the palate fresh fruit, fine toasting flavour, hints of chocolate and coffee, overall juicy character with almost silky tannins, hints of liquorice in the aftertaste. A wine with freshness, depth and length. 
2019 Château Moine Vieux Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 87 Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Fine nose with closed character, releasing aroma only slowly. Restrained fruit and hints of earthy minerality. On the palate medium bodied with good length and firm tannins. 
2019 Château Mondou Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 91 Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Opulent nose with excellent fruit, ripe cherries, overripe blackberries and sweet elderberries. Well balanced oak spices in the background. On the palate rich and well structured with opulent taste reminiscent of ripe berries and plums, mild spices and gingerbread, with ripe yet firm tannins and a fresh finish. 
2019 Château Monolithe Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 90 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Concentrated nose, rich character, yet very closed. On the palate well structured with firm tannins and balancing fruit, rather good length. 
2019 Château Montaiguillon Montagne-Saint-Emilion 87 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Slightly closed character, discreet fruit. On the palate well structured with distinct tannins, backed by juicy fruit. Medium bodied with rather good length. 
2019 Château Montlisse Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 91 Dark purple colour with violet hue and almost core. Expressive nose with distinct aroma reminiscent of dark chocolate, toasting aroma, opulent berry fruit and ripe black cherries. On the palate rich and powerful with firm tannins, good structured, weight and length. 
2019 Château Mont-Pérat Bordeaux 87 Dark purple red with violet hue and almost black core. Elegant nose with distinct oak influence, backed by dark berries and hints of gingerbread spices. On the palate well structured with ripe fruit, firm tannins, medium bodied with good length. 
2019 Château Mont-Pérat Bordeaux Blanc 87 Bright yellow colour with green hue. Very aromatic nose with intense aroma of fresh peaches, tinned peaches and lime zest, grapefruit peel in the background. On the palate intense peach flavour, lemon zest and hints of tangerine, medium bodied with medium length. A very pleasant white Bordeaux.  
2019 Château Moulin du Cadet Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé 94 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Concentrated nose with distinct fruit, blackberries, elderberries, ripe figs and hints of plums. Backed by fine toasting aroma, balmy spices and a well balanced oak influence. On the palate well structured with rich fruit, ripe tannins, fine acidity, excellent balance and depth, freshness and lingering aftertaste. 
2019 Château Moulin Haut-Laroque Fronsac 91 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Elegant yet expressive nose, ripe dark berries, discreet flowery hints, mild spices in the background. On the palate well balanced with medium bodied character but very good length, silky tannins and juicy fruit in the finish.
2019 Château Moulin Neuf Blaye - Côtes de Bordeaux 89 Dark purple colour with violet hue. Aromatic nose with distinct yet well integrated and balanced oak influence, ripe blackcurrants and sweet elderberries, candied orange peel and vanilla in the background. On the palate juicy fruit, fine toasting aroma, ripe tannins, discreet acidity adding freshness. A pleasant and approachable wine with good length.
2019 Château Moulin Riche Saint-Julien 93 Dark purple red colour with violet hue and black core. Excellent nose with pleasant fruit and discreet roasting aroma, blackberries, blackcurrants and hints of mild spices. On the palate well balanced with ripe fruit and hints of dark chocolate, well structured with ripe yet firm tannins and very good length. 
2019 Château Moya Bordeaux 89 Serious Bordeaux with dark purple colour and violet hue. Aromatic nose reminiscent of blackberries, mulberries and hints of blackcurrants. Hints of vanilla, mild spices and discreet toasting aroma in the background. On the palate well structured with juicy fruit, dark berries and hints of cherries, mild spices and discreet hints of toasted oak in the background. Well balanced with good length. 
2019 Château Olivier Rouge Pessac-Léognan 95 Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Expressive yet elegant fruit, aroma reminsicent of blackberries, sweet elderberries, blackcurrants and hints of blackcurrant leaf, vanilla and discreet toasting aroma in the background. On the palate excellent structure with almost silky tannins, fine acidity in perfect balance with juicy fruit and an almost "sweet" touch on the palate, excellent length. My best red Château Olivier ever tasted en primeur, well done! (Tasted on march 5, 2020)
2019 Château Pabus Bordeaux Supérieur 90 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Aromatic nose reminiscent of dark chocolate and roasted coffee, backed by juicy fruit, blackberries, sweet elderberries and black cherries. Opens up very well with some oxygen contact. On the palate well structured with firm yet ripe tannins, juicy and concentrated fruit, elegant spiciness and a certain depth. A very promising wine. 
2019 Château Pauillac Pauillac 92 Deep purple colour with violet hue and black core. Aromatic nose with balmy character, mild spices and ripe berries, almost flowery hints in the background. On the palate well structured with good balance and length, very pleasant finish, a real discovery. 
2019 Château Paveil de Luze Margaux 92 Dark purple colour with violet hue and almost black core. Aromatic nose reminiscent of ripe blackberries and blackcurrants, distinct oak influence with elegant toasting aroma. On the palate well structured with firm tannins, fine acidity, expressive fruit e.g. dark berries in the aftertaste, good aromatic length. 
2019 Château Pavie Macquin Saint-Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé 97 A very complex and rich wine with dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Excellent nose with rich fruit, blackberries, hints of blackcurrants, ripe plums and black cherries. Fine toasting aroma and mild spices in the background. On the palate wonderful structure, depth and length, with great freshness, a very precise style with sweet fruits and fine roasting flavour. 
2019 Château Petit Faurie de Soutard Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé 93 Deep purple red colour with violet hue. Opulent nose with fragrant fruit, slight flowery hints and decent roasting aroma, mild spices in the background. On the palate ripe tannins, juicy fruit, well structured with freshness, depth and very good length. 
2019 Château Phélan Sègur Saint-Julien 93 Dark purple red colour with violet hue and black core. Expressive nose with intense fruit reminiscent of blackcurrants, marinated blackberries and hints of black cherries. Well balanced oak influence with hints of toasted gingerbread and vanilla. On the palate well structured with freshness and balance, mature tannins, ripe fruit an mild spices. An excellent wine with length and depth. 
2019 Château Pierhem Pomerol 92 Deep purple colour with violet hue and black core. Expressive nose with roasting aroma, pencil shavings, backed by juicy fruit, e.g. black cherries and blackberries. On the palate well structured with firm yet ripe tannins, sweet fruit and discreet acidity, balanced with good length. 
2019 Château Pierre 1er Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 90 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Fragrant fruit, discreet flowery hints, elegant spiciness reminiscent of liquorice. On the palate well balanced and structured with ripe fruit, firm tannins and multi-layered finish, quite promising. 
2019 Château Plain Point Bordeaux Blanc 91 Bright yellow colour with green hue. Expressive nose reminiscent of ripe peaches, grapefruit and lemon peel, hints of Buxus and mint, vanilla in the background. On the palate excellent structure, flavour of ripe peaches and grapefruit, very juicy finish with convincing length. 
2019 Château Plain Point Fronsac 92 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Concentrated nose, blackberries, plum jam, vanilla, oak spices and dark chocolate. On the palate well structured with rich taste, flavour repeating the aroma of the nose, firm yet ripe tannins, succulent fruit, good concentration, depth and length. 
2019 Château Puygueraud Francs-Côtes de Bordeaux 90 Dark purple colour with violet hue and almost black core. Aromatic nose reminiscent of dark chocolate, fine toasting, ripe blackberries and black cherries, mulberries in the background. On the palate rich and well structured with ripe tannins, fine acidity, juicy fruit and decent toasting flavour. A powerful wine with balance and length. 
2019 Château Puygueraud Blanc Francs-Côtes de Bordeaux Blanc 89 Bright yellow with green hue. Elegant nose with fragrant citrus fruit, hint of tangerine, lemon zest, golden kiwi and hints of tropical fruit. On the palate well structured with crisp acidity, expressive fruit reminiscent of citrus fruit and hints of tropical fruit, well balanced with good aromatic length. 
2019 Château Réaut Côtes de Bordeaux 90 Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Aromatic nose with ripe fruit, plums, cherries and blackcurrants, elegant spiciness in the background. On the palate well structured and balanced with juicy fruit, ripe tannins, elegant freshness and good length. 
2019 Château Reignac Bordeaux Supérieur 89 Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Expressive nose with slightly smoky character, dark chocolate, mild spices, ripe berries and black cherries. On the palate well balanced with ripe yet firm tannins, well  concentrated yet balanced with rich fruit and juicy finish. 
2019 Château Renon Côtes de Bordeaux 89 Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Very expressive nose with distinct fruit, reminiscent of blackcurrants, elegant and slightly balmy spices in the background. On the palate well structured with ripe fruit, hints of toasting flavour, well balanced with ripe tannins and good length. 
2019 Château Ripeau Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé 92 Deep purple red colour with violet hue. Quite powerful yet very closed nose with restrained fruit and distinct oak influence. On the palate ripe tannins, juicy fruit, well structured with depth and very good length, promising potential.  
2019 Château Rochebelle Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé 93 Deep purple colour with violet hue and black core. Expressive nose, dark chocolate, black cherries, chocolate coated prunes, blackberry jam. On the palate well structured with good length, firm jet ripe tannins,  juicy fruit, distinct oak influence and very good length. 
2019 Château Rocher Gardat Montagne-Saint-Emilion 89 Dark purple colour with violet hue and almost black core. Aromatic nose with ripe berries and mild spices, slightly closed but promising. On the palate well balanced with ripe tannins, juicy fruit and discreet spiciness, fine wine with good length. 
2019 Château Rolland-Maillet Saint-Emilion 87 Deep purple red with violet hue. Pleasant nose with fragrant fruit, blackberries, blackcurrants and mulberries, discreet spiciness and hints of vanilla in the background. On the palate well structured with firm tannins, ripe fruit and juicy finish. Very pleasant wine with a hint of bitterness in the background. 
2019 Château Roudier Montagne-Saint-Emilion 91 Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Pleasant fruit in combination with fine toasting aroma and delicate minerality, well balanced character. On the palate very refined taste with expressive fruit, silky tannins and excellent length. A wonderful wine with great elegance and freshness.
2019 Château Saint Georges (Côte Pavie) Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé 93 Deep purple colour with violet hue and black core. Initially slightly closed character, opening up quite well. Restrained fruit, discreet spiciness. On the palate well balanced with ripe tannins and fine acidity, good aromatic length and depth. 
2019 Château Saint-Robert Graves Blanc 90 Bright straw yellow colour. Expressive nose with typical aroma reminiscent of grapefruit, tangerine, Buxus and blackcurrant leaf, discreet spiciness in the background. On the palate well balanced with crisp acidity, aromatic length and refreshing mouthfeel. A wine with good potential. 
2019 Château Saint-Robert "Cuvée Poncet Deville"  Graves   89 Dark purple red with violet hue and almost black core. Delicate fruit reminiscent of blackberries, sweet elderberries, ripe plums and black cherries, hints of blackcurrant leaf, mild spices and discreet toasting aroma in the background. On the palate well structured with freshness, ripe yet firm tannins, nice fruit and discreet spiciness creating good aromatic length. 
2019 Château Sansonnet Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé 93 Deep purple colour with violet hue and black core. Multi-layered nose, blackcurrants, blackberries and sweet plums, vanilla, gingerbread spices and liquorice, distinct toasting aroma. On the palate well balanced with ripe yet firm tannins, freshness, juicy fruit and distinct toasting, convincing length. 
2019 Château Sergant Lalande de Pomerol 91 Dark purple red with violet hue and almost black core. Delicate fruit reminiscent of dark berries, black cherries and ripe plums, with hints of mild spices. On the palate fragrant fruit, fine toasting flavour, hints of dark chocolate, ripe and silky tannins and very good length. (re-tasted on 2020-04-27)
2019 Château Smith-Haut-Lafitte Pessac-Léognan 97 Dark purple red with violet hue and almost black core. Opulent nose with expressive fruit, ripe blackcurrants, juicy plums and hints of black cherries in the background. Discreet spiciness, fine toasting aroma and a slight hint of flintstone in the background. On the palate excellent structured, firm yet ripe tannins, aromatic depth and excellent length. A great wine with freshness and class. (Tasted on march 20, 2020)
2019 Château Smith-Haut-Lafitte Blanc Pessac-Léognan 96 Bright yellow colour with green hue. Excellent nose with aroma reminiscent of ripe pear, juicy grapefruit, hints of tangerine peel, cape gooseberries and hints of passion fruit in the background backed by elegant yet restrained toasting aroma and mild spices. On the palate very expressive with crisp acidity, almost salty minerality, savoury character and excellent tension. A wine with great freshness and convincing depth and length, multilayered character with astonishing elegance and persistence. (Tasted on march 20, 2020)
2019 Château Soutard-Cadet Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 92 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Expressive nose with intense aroma reminiscent of ripe plums, blackcurrants, blackberries. Fine toasting aroma and hints of dark chocolate and mild spices in the background. On the palate well structured, juicy fruit, toasting flavour, firm jet ripe tannins, elegant spiciness. Well structured with convincing length. 
2019 Château Teynac Saint-Julien 91 Dark purple colour with violet hue and almost black core. Expressive nose with aroma reminiscent of blackberries and sweet elderberries, hints of vanilla, mild spices and fine toasting aroma. On the palate elegant with fine acidity and ripe tannins, medium bodied but very good length. A very classic style. 
2019 Château Timberlay "Cuvée Marie Paule" Bordeaux Supérieur 88 Dark purple colour with violet hue and almost black core. Distinct oak influence confirmed by toasting aroma, hints of vanilla and oak spices, backed by ripe dark berries, plums and black cherries. On the palate well structured with firm tannins, ripe fruit, hints of mild spices and distinct toasting aroma in the finish. 
2019 Château Tour de Pez Saint-Estèphe 92 Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Expressive and fine fruit, dark berries and ripe plums, mulberries in the background, discreet spiciness and subtle oak. On the palate delicate fruit, discreet spiciness, a wine with freshness, depth and length. 
2019 Château Tour des Termes Saint-Estèphe 91 Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Initially closed character, slowly opening up displaying ripe berries and fresh plums, sweet elderberries, delicate toasting aroma and mild spices. On the palate well structured with ripe fruit, subtle, fine acidity and ripe tannins, a fine with  slightly closed but promising character. 
2019 Château Tour Maillet Pomerol 91 Deep purple colour with violet hue and black core. Expressive nose with dark stone fruit and a touch of vanilla. On the palate firm yet ripe tannins, sweet berries and plums, mild spices, well structured with good length. 
2019 Château Trianon Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 92 Dark purple red with violet hue. Aromatic nose with ripe dark berries and cherry jam, balmy spices in the background. On the palate well structured with rich taste, ripe fruit, balmy spices, fine freshness and mature tannic structure, good mouthfeel and very good length. 
2019 Château Trianon "Cuvée Casher" Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 92 Dark purple red with violet hue. Aromatic nose with subtle oak, dark berries and cherry jam, balmy spices and toasting aroma in the background. On the palate well structured with rich taste, ripe fruit, balmy spices, fine freshness and good tannic structure and very good length. 
2019 Château Vieux Chantecaille Saint-Emilion Grand Cru   90 Dark purple red with violet hue. Well structured but closed nose with restrained fruit and discreet spiciness. On the palate well structured with ripe tannins, fine acidity and juicy fruit, well made with good length. 
2019 Château Villemaurine Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé 94 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Fine nose with wonderful flowery start reminiscent of violets and wisteria, opening up towards ripe fruit aroma reminiscent of blackberries and Boysenberries. Toasting aroma and mild spices, hints of coffee and cocoa in the background. On the palate rich yet elegant with very persistent, excellent structure, depth and length, ripe tannins and very fine acidity adding freshness to the blend. 
2019 Château Yon-Figeac Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé 93 Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Excellent nose with rather restrained fruit but pleasant spiciness. On the palate rich taste with intense fruit and fine spiciness, a wine with aromatic length and good depth. 
2019 Cheval Noir, Cuvée le Fer, Mähler-Besse Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 91 Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Excellent nose with distinct fruit, blackberries and blackcurrants, toasting aroma in the background. On the palate well structured with distinct fruit, dark berries and hints of sloe, vanilla, dark chocolate and coffee in the background. Youthful with promising character and very good length. 
2019 Clos 126 Pomerol 92 Deep purple colour with violet hue and black core. Well structured nose, ripe blackberries and hints of blackcurrant leaf. Discreet spiciness in the background. On the palate well structured with rather velvety tannins, ripe fruit and discreet spiciness, round and quite rich in the  finish. 
2019 Clos Beauregard Pomerol 92 Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Massive nose, yet very closed with restrained fruit and discreet spiciness. Excellent structure on the palate, rich and concentrated yet still with freshness, firm yet ripe tannins and very good length. To be observed in the future. 
2019 Clos Bertineau Montagne-Saint-Emilion 92 Dark purple colour with violet hue and almost black core. Expressive nose with wonderful fruit, mild spices and subtle oak. On the palate well balanced with ripe and velvety tannins, juicy fruit and mild spices, a very well made wine with good depth and length. 
2019 Clos des Jacobins Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé 92 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Aromatic nose with multi-layered fruit, hints of mild spices and fine toasting aroma. On the palate well structured with ripe yet firm tannins, sweet fruit, charming spiciness and discreet toasting in the finish. A wine with good length. 
2019 Clos Margalaine Margaux 94 Deep purple colour with violet hue and black core. Concentrated yet elegant nose, blackberries, hints of violets and blackcurrants, fine toasting aroma. On the palate rich and well structured with ripe yet firm tannins,  good aromatic length, juicy fruit lingering in the aftertaste. 
2019 Dame de Boüard Montagne-Saint-Emilion 89 Dark purple colour with violet hue and almost black core. Elegant nose with slightly closed character and restrained fruit, delicate spiciness in the background. On the palate well balanced with ripe tannins, juicy taste, fine fruit and good length. A fine wine. 
2019 Expression de Bechereau Lalande-de-Pomerol 95 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Opulent nose with distinct fruit, reminiscent of black cherry jam, crushed blackberries, hints of blackcurrants and discreet flowery tones in the background. On the palate succulent fruit, ripe and velvety tannins, excellent aromatic expression. A classy wine with depth, not to be missed.
2019 Girolate Bordeaux 90 Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Elegant nose with fragrant fruit, blackberries, blackcurrants and sweet plums, fine roasting aroma, dark chocolate, vanilla and mild spices int he background. On the palate firm yet ripe tannins, juicy fruit and hints of mild spices, wonderful freshness, medium bodied with good length. 
2019 Girolate Bordeaux Blanc 89 Bright yellow colour with green hue. Very elegant and expressive nose with aroma reminiscent of ripe peaches, tangerine zest and lime. On the palate very flavourful, peach and lime, good structure with crisp acidify and very good length. 
2019 Héritage de Négrit Montagne-Saint-Emilion 87 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Aromatic nose reminiscent of blackcurrant and blackcurrant leaf, on the palate well structured with soft fruit and firm tannins. 
2019 Labastide Dauzac, Château Dauzac Margaux 90 Dark purple colour with violet hue and almost black core. Elegant nose with rather restrained fruit but fine toasting aroma and discreet spiciness. On the palate well balanced with ripe tannins, juicy fruit and fresh character, good mouthfeel and aromatic length. 
2019 Le Blason d'Issan Margaux 91 Dark purple red with violet hue. Very appealing nose with ripe fruit, blackberries and blackcurrants, discreet hint of vanilla and mild spices and a slight flowery touch in the background. On the palate well balancd with ripe tannins, fine acidity, great freshness, well structured with good length, ripe fruit in the finish. (Tasted on march 20, 2020)
2019 Le Défi de Fontenil Lot No. 19 Vin de France 95+ Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Rich nose with intense aroma of ripe fruit and toasting components. Complex character, ripe plums, black cherries, crushed mulberries, gingerbread spices, roasted cocoa and hints of violet. On the palate opulent yet elegant with freshness and aromatic depth. An almost monumental wine with great potential. 
2019 Le Haut-Médoc de Lascombes, Château Lascombes Haut-Médoc 91 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Aromatic nose reminiscent of blackberries, sweet elderberries, ripe sloe, slightly flowery components in the background as well as mild spices. On the palate firm yet ripe tannins, excellent fruit, discreet spiciness, nice toasting flavour and convincing length. A wine with potential. 
2019 Le Lion de La Fleur de Boüard Lalande de Pomerol 90 Dark purple red with violet hue and almost black core. Excellent nose with juicy fruit, blackberries, elderberries and hints of blackcurrants. On the palate elegant with ripe and silky tannins, fine fruit and very convincing length. 
2019 Le Plus de la Fleur de Boüard Lalande de Pomerol 96 A sophisticated wine with intense purple colour, violet hue and black core. Rich yet elegant nose with excellent fruit, ripe blackberries, sweet elderberries, blackberry jam, Boysenberries and juicy plums. Balanced oak spices, hints of toasted gingerbread and dark chocolate. On the palate rich again although the wine shows velvety, almost sweet tannins and marvellous freshness, ripe and opulent fruit as well as fine spiciness. An exquisite wine with class. 
2019 Le Saint-Estèphe de Cos Labory, Château Cos Labory Saint-Estèphe 88 Dark purple colour with violet hue. Fragrant nose with fine red and dark berries, discreet hint of vanilla in the background. On the palate juicy and crisp with fine acidity and ripe fruit, firm tannins, a pleasant wine with freshness and length. 
2019 Les Angelots de Gracia Saint-Emilion 87 Deep purple red with violet hue. Initially slightly closed nose, opening up well, displaying aroma reminiscent of ripe red and dark berries, hints of vanilla in the background. On the palate firm tannins, juicy fruit, slightly dryish finish, however quite good length. 
2019 L'Infini du Château de Francs Francs - Côtes de Bordeaux 91 Dark purple colour with violet hue and almost black core. Opulent nose with ripe fruit, black cherries, blackberries and hints of blackcurrants, elegant spiciness reminiscent of cloves and cinnamon, vanilla and toasted gingerbread. On the palate well structured with firm yet ripe tannins, elegant freshness, juicy fruit and discreet spiciness in the aftertaste. A wine with depth and length. 
2019 Merlot, Hubert de Boüard Bordeaux 90 Dark purple colour with violet hue. Aromatic nose with distinct fruit, blackberries, ripe plums, black cherries and discreet hints of vanilla and dark chocolate the background. On the palate well balanced and structured with juicy fruit, flavour of dark berries, plums and cherries, vanilla and elegant toasting, well structured tannins and good length. 
2019 No 1, Château Bourdieu Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux 89 Dark purple colour with violet hue and almost black core. Opulent nose with rich fruit, black cherries and blackcurrants, discreet toasting aroma and nice spiciness in the background. On the palate well structured, concentrated with good extraction, very good depth and length, ripe yet firm tannins, juicy fruit and discreet spiciness in the finish. 
2019 Reclos de la Couronne Montagne-Saint-Emilion 90 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Opulent nose with ripe and concentrated fruit, hints of dark chocolate and mild spices. Opening up well displaying hints of flowery aroma. On the palate well structured, juicy fruit yet firm tannins, good length and depth. 
2019 Reignac Bordeaux Blanc 88 Bright yellow colour with green hue. Elegant nose with restrained fruit, hints of lemon peel and ripe apricots. On the palate juicy fruit, well balanced with good length, creamy texture and good length.  
2019 Ronan by Clinet, Groupe Clinet Bordeaux Blanc 89 Bright straw yellow colour. Very fragrant nose with aroma reminiscent of fresh grapefruit, passionfruit, ripe physalis, tangerine zest in the background. On the palate crisp acidity, elegant citrus fruit, hints of tropical fruit, well balanced with good length and mouthfeel. 
2019 Sauvignon, Hubert de Boüard Bordeaux Blanc 90 A charming wine with fragrant fruit and elegant minerality, displaying a bright yellow colour with green hue. Elegant nose with aroma reminiscent of ripe grapefruit, juicy peaches and hints of physalis, nettles in the background. On the palate a crisp character, juicy citrus fruit and ripe yellow stone fruit, lime zest, elegant minerality and convincing length. 
2019 Sémillon, Hubert de Boüard Bordeaux Blanc 90 Bright yellow colour with green hue. Aromatic nose reminiscent of ripe apricots, pear, fresh honey, hints of candied lemon peel in the background. On the palate well structured with good mouthfeel, ripe yellow stone fruit, hints of honey in the background, juicy finish with good length. 
2019 The Corsair of Laffitte Carcasset Saint-Estèphe 89 Dark purple colour with violet hue. Very modern style with appealing nose reminiscent of dark stone fruit and ripe berries, vanilla and oak spices as well  as hints of cocoa in the background. On the palate juicy fruit, great freshness and ripe tannins, a very appealing wine with good length. 
2019 Vieux Château des Rochers "Cuvée Prestige" Montagne-Saint-Emilion 90 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Concentrated fruit on the nose, very elegant roasting aroma, dark chocolate and hints of vanilla, on the palate well balance with ripe fruit, firm tannins, medium bodied but very long. 
2019 Vieux Château Palon Montagne-Saint-Emilion 92 Dark purple colour with violet hue and almost black core. Expressive nose with balmy spices, marinated berries and hints of plum jam, quite rich and concentrated with gingerbread spices in the background. On the palate powerful with ripe tannins, excellent freshness, aromatic depth and promising length. 

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