Pessac-Léognan


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More powerful than La Chapelle this year. 57% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Cabernet Franc. Excellent tannin structure and very good quality fruit of great length. Beautiful bright reflection of…

Points 91
Domaine de la Solitude  2015

Pretty and unforced fruit with firm but not slick tannins. 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, with a sense of freshness and charm. From the Olivier Bernard stable.

Points 89

Fresh fruit, good balance and juicy finish – nothing too fussy or overworked. 60% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% new oak. Wine-Searcher stockist search

Points 87

Sexy burnish of charcoal-grilled rich black cherry fruit with firmly held tannins. A lovely wine – fairly high powered compared to some; this is one to cellar for a while.…

Points 95

Pure dark fruit with rich acidity. 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc on gravel soils – organic. Has potential but closed now. 50% new oak. Part owned by…

Points 90

63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot. Organic. A wonderful wine of great impact and rich, grippy tannins but the density imperceptibly lightens towards the finish…

Points 96

Firm, confident cassis and liquorice-infused fruits. 50% new oak adds a layer of roasted coffee. A consistent property, not for long ageing, but has attitude. Wine-Searcher stockist search

Points 88

A lovely example of the vintage. Dark chocolate and cassis fruits from 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon in 40% new oak. Taut tannins and shapely, dense fruit. Good value.

Points 88

Loganberries, bilberries and autumnal spices. Highly charged – the winemaking team enjoyed using the ripe fruit this year. A little abrupt on the finish, but lots to enjoy. Wine-Searcher stockist

Points 89

Clear reductive environment, saving the best nose for the consumer and not for en primeur. A lovely richly textured wine –really velvety with gorgeous purity to the damson and black…

Points 95

Power and poise of rich, muscular tannic frame for good ageing potential. Continuing the more serious expression of Olivier over last few years, begun with the inclusion of the new…

Points 93

Dark, rich, serious, well-extracted fruit; firm but with just the right pressure on the pedal. One that will age very well, continuing a run of strong vintages here. Cinnamon and…

Points 93
Château Luchey-Halde 2015

Mid-weight plum fruit and violet hints. Dominant oak now but will soften. Promising fruit, tannins and acidity all in balance. The two Cabernets, plus Merlot and Petit Verdot, aged in…

Points 90

Tight tannins, full extraction and very modern. Ripe coffee fruit and grippy tannins; plenty to enjoy. One of the bigger expressions of the vintage. Wine-Searcher stockist search

Points 90
Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2015

The highest proportion of Cabernet Franc on the Left Bank at 45%, with just over 1ha of ungrafted vines more than 80 years old. Additional 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30%…

Points 95

70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, aged in almost 50% new oak. Grippy tannins and attractive lifted dark fruits. Vinified in small stainless steel tanks. An enjoyable value option for mid-term…

Points 88

Bought by Smith Haut Lafitte in 2012. Vinified in stainless steel then aged in 15% to 20% new oak. More restraint and elegance than sister estate Cantelys but a touch…

Points 91

Firm but square tannins. Can see the ripe fruit and ambition on display, but the overall structure needs to be elongated and freshened. Wine-Searcher stockist search

Points 87
Château Le Pape 2015

An easy recommendation; the third vintage under Haut-Bailly ownership. Pesticides had been used previously so they are retraining the roots to go deeper. 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon. Lovely…

Points 92

Rich dark chocolate and damson coulis nose – fruit over finesse. It’s a touch heavy with the ripe fruit but still very pleasurable. 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 5% Cabernet…

Points 91
Château Lafon Menaut 2015

Great-value wine, not hugely well known, but delivers consistently. Fresh, balanced, classic flavours of fresh red fruits with a hint of sleekness. Wine-Searcher stockist search

Points 88

Silky, sexy, rich damson fruits aged in 30% new oak. A beautiful example of this wine: very strong in an already good vintage. Tannins grip the fruit without strangling; plenty…

Points 92

Taut and tense from the off: coffee, smoky almond and pulsing with vibrancy and energy. Reservations over the high alcohol at 15.1%abv but 3.74pH means you barely feel it. Such…

Points 96

Like the white, a modern expression. Enjoyable, for mid-term drinking. 40% new oak gives glossy, coffee sheen to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Wine-Searcher stockist search

Points 88

Nose fairly closed, but well-knitted damson fruit, fresh fine tannins and good promise to age. An estate that now offers sure-fire value. 62% Merlot, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc,…

Points 89