Robert Parker´s Wine Advocate: 94-96/100 Punkte ´´The 2017 Haut-Bailly is composed of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot. Very deep garnet-purple colored, it has a wonderfully spicy nose of cinnamon stick, cloves, anise and fenugreek with core of roses, warm blueberries, black forest cake and black raspberries plus hints of underbrush and iron ore. Medium to full-bodied with firm, ripe, grainy tannins, it has oodles of freshness and great finesse, continuing bright and energetic on the long, minerally finish.´´ Vinous (Neal Martin): 92-94/100 Punkte ´´The 2017 Haut-Bailly was cropped at 28hl/ha (40hl/ha on non-frozen parcels and 2hl/ha on frosted parcels) and includes co-fermented Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. It is unlikely to contain any vin de presse this year, unlike in 2016, and it is matured in 50% new oak. There is a pH of 3.74 with 13.2° alcohol. It has an attractive and quite opulent bouquet, a mixture of red and black fruit, hints of crushed stone and briary, a light oyster shell influence. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin but there is good backbone here, quite ´´solid´´ for Haut-Bailly and it will need to just soften the edges during its élevage. With moderate length and a very attractive graphite aftertaste, this Haut-Bailly will require five or six years in bottle but will repay the patient wine-lover. Trinkreife: 2021-2040´´ Wine Enthusiast: 94-96/100 Punkte ´´Barrel Sample. Bold and dense, this wine is packed with tannins, ripe berry flavors and intense black fruit notes. Impressive, it is showing richness now and a fine future. Rich tannins and a firm dry core will allow the wine to age well.´´ Decanter: 95/100 Punkte ´´This reminds me of 2001 more than most wines I´ve tasted, and perhaps it´s no surprise that a vintage that required a skilful touch and a belief in the power of elegance should do well at Haut-Bailly. It´s hugely pure and restrained, with great aromatics and extremely well placed bilberry, cassis and mulberry fruits. The tannins are fine and poised, set against cigar box with touches of charcoal and slate. They build through the palate, but remain slightly austere on the finish, with a bounce to them that suggests they are going to age beautifully. They kept the vineyard team for three weeks in July, because the vines kept throwing out green shoots after the June rains. Harvested 13-29 September, the vines were around two weeks ahead all the way through the season. The yield was 28hl/ha overall, but only 2hl/ha on the frosted parts, compared to 40hl/ha for the unaffected areas, 50% of production going into the grand vin. Malo was finished by the end of November, but the vats are still separated and there will be final blend in May 2018 (which is what they always do). 4% of Cabernet Franc finishes the blend given below.´´ James Suckling: 94-95/100 Punkte ´´A firm and silky red with a medium to full body, a solid center palate and a long and integrated finish. Very fine, polished and refined. Creamy tannins. Hints of bitter orange.´´ Weinwisser: 18/20 Punkte ´´60 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 32 % Merlot, 4 % Cabernet Franc und 4 % Petit Verdot. 28 hl/ha. Granatrubin mit violettem Rand. Im Duft feiner Auftakt mit rotbeerigen Konturen, im zweiten Ansatz Brombeerstrauch, fleischige Noten und tabakige Würze. Am eleganten Gaumen mit feinspröder Textur, die Muskeln sind präsent und stützend. Reifes Tannin und weiche Säure. Im Finale rote Johannisbeeren, entspricht dem Jahrgang, back to Classic. Ein beruhigender Haut-Bailly mit genialer Aromenausbildung! Die Lese wurde im Eiltempo von drei Wochen eingeholt (13. bis 29. September). 2024 – 2045´´ Bitte beachten Sie die Sonderbedingungen der Subskription in unseren AGB.
Wine Advocate: 96-98/100 Punkte ´´The 2016 Ducru Beaucaillou is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot cropped at 36 hectoliters per hectare between 24 September and 14 October and matured in 100% new oak barrels (for a total of 18 months). The alcohol level comes in at 13.63% with a pH of 3.71. The bouquet is very closed at first, and so I aerated the Grand Vin by transferring from one glass to another. It gradually unfurls to reveal scents of blackberry, bilberry, cedar and a touch of pencil lead. The palate is medium-bodied with a firm backbone cloaked in layers of black fruit. The new oak is probably more present here than some of its peers, but there is more than sufficient substance to absorb that. The mineralité surfaces right towards the persistent finish, completing what is a Ducru Beaucaillou built for the long term.´´ Trinkgenuss: 2026 bis 2065 Weinwisser: 19/20 Punkte ´´… (85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot) Konzentriertes, komplexes, elegantes, frisches Bouquet, Cassis, schwarze Beeren, Korinthen, Zedern, fein Lakritze, Nougat, Minze. dichtverwobener, eleganter, vielschichtiger Gaumen mit viel feinem Tannin, vielfältiger, süsser Aromatik, konzentrierter Struktur, sehr langer, frischer Abgang mit vielen Rückaromen´´ James Suckling: 97-98/100 Punkte ´´Very focused and reserved with a mineral, blackberry, licorice and blackcurrant character. Full and refined. Walking a tightrope between steely tannins and and dark fruit. This is highly intellectual and unique. Great finish. Remake of the extraordinary 2014? Stronger than the 2015, for sure.´´ Decanter: 97/100 Punkte ´´Another exceptional success for St-Julien in 2016, following the longest growing season in the recorded history of the property. Reasonable alcohols, because of the slow maturation, emphasise the juiciness of the fruit. Hugely intense and concentrated black brambly fruits, with layer upon layer of stunning liquorice, dark chocolate, rich black cherry and graphite. This is an utterly beautiful wine and it approaches the essence of what owner Bruno Borie must want for this estate, I am sure. It is easy to imagine uncorking this with excitement in 10 or 15 years. The final blend is 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot, with a high tannin index of 80IPT and a 3.71pH, aged in 100% new oak for 18 months.´´ Wine Spectator: 97-100/100 Punkte ´´Offers a scintillating display of roasted apple wood, incense and warm ganache before the core of cassis, plum preserves and raspberry reduction starts to step forward. The finish, loaded with grip but remarkably polished, pulls everything together. A huge, undeniable wine, overt in style.´´ Antonio Galloni vinous: 94-97/100 Punkte ´´One of the highlights of the vintage, the 2016 Ducru-Beaucaillou is simply magnificent. Vertical structure and intensity in all of its dimensions make a strong opening statement. Dark blue and black fruit, spice, new leather and smoke run through this superb, spectacularly rich, voluptuous Saint-Julien. The tannins are present, but they are nearly buried by the sheer intensity of the fruit. Nothing really stands out. In the end, the 2016 is a wine of spectacular balance and pure class. The natural richness comes through in the gravitas and profoundness of the finish. Even with all of its intensity, the 2016 comes in at just 13.5% alcohol. Tasted two times.´´ Wine Enthusiast: 97-99/100 Punkte ´´This wine is so stylish, with a great future that is all balance and elegance. There are structured tannins as well as ample acidity that will allow the wine to age gracefully. A great Ducru with restrained power for long-term aging.´´ Bitte beachten Sie die Sonderbedingungen der Subskription in unseren AGB.
Auf Cos d’Estournel ist Verlass, 2017 kann als voller Erfolg verzeichnet werden. Hat man doch die Vorzüge der sehr guten Merlot-Lagen genutzt und immerhin 30 % von der in Saint-Estèphe so beliebten Rebsorte verwendet. Die Tannine sind seidig und wirken sehr frisch, dazu eine wunderbare Länge – Chapeau! Robert Parker´s Wine Advocate: 97-100/100 Punkte ´´The final blend of the 2017 Cos d´Estournel is 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc. Very deep purple-black in color, it offers up intense scents of crushed blackcurrants, blackberries and black cherries with touches of incense, spice cake, star anise and plum preserves plus a perfumed hint of potpourri. The palate is medium-bodied with very firm yet wonderfully ripe, ´´sweet´´, fine-grained tannins at just 13% alcohol-something of a miracle in our modern times. The palate sports fantastic freshness and tons of energy emitted from the intensely perfumed black fruit layers, finishing on an epically long-lingering mineral note. Truly profound.´´ Weinwisser: 18/20 Punkte ´´66 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 32 % Merlot, 1 % Petit Verdot, 1 % Cabernet Franc. 43 hl/ha. 40 % Grand Vin. Granatrubin mit funkelnden Reflexen und violettem Rand. Komplexes, rotbeeriges Bouquet, Wildkirsche, rote Johannisbeeren und Eisenkraut. Im zweiten Ansatz würziges Rosenholz und heller Tabak. Am eleganten Gaumen mit seidigem Tannin und gutem Zug. Im geradlinigen Finale mit Wacholder und Kirschhäuten, der Wein wirkt aktuell etwas burschikos und endet mit zarter Adstringenz. Zurück zur Klassik! 2023 – 2040´´ James Suckling: 97-98/100 Punkte ´´Love tasting this wine. You almost want to drink it for its harmony and balance. Full-bodied and so complete with cloves, spices, dark berries and hints of chocolate. Wonderful integration on the finish.´´ Wine Enthusiast: 95-97/100 Punkte ´´Barrel Sample. This impressive wine is serious, dense and richly endowed with great swathes of black plum. An excellent wine from this estate, ripe black fruits, layers of acidity and dark tannins are perfectly poised. This is a wine for long-term aging.´´ Vinous (Neal Martin): 94-96/100 Punkte ´´The 2017 Cos d’Estournel is matured in 60% new oak and comprises 13% alcohol, approximately the same as the 2016. It has a more expressive and welcoming bouquet than usual, maybe more indicative of how this wine will mature in bottle, less opaque than the 2016. A common theme throughout the range from Cos d’Estournel is a Pauillac-inspired backbone/tannic structure coupled with an attractive scent wafting over from the estuary...think mudflats, oyster shells and the tang of sea spray. It gains a little intensity with aeration but never fully lets go. The palate is very well balanced with filigree tannin, rendering this one of the most approachable barrel samples from the estate in recent years. The coolness of the latter part of the season defines this Saint-Estèphe more than the precocity of June: streamlined, cool and linear with a velvety finish that feels sleek, to the point of being understated, though that belies its length and focus. This is simply a very classy wine in the making and typical of the more recent sophisticated style pursued by the property in recent years.´´ Bitte beachten Sie die Sonderbedingungen der Subskription in unseren AGB.