Saturday, August 1, 2020

2017 Bordeaux arrival

2017 Chateau Haut Brisson St Emilion....$27.99
The 2017 Haut-Brisson possesses striking aromatic presence and freshness to match its mid-weight, sensual personality. Dark red fruit, cedar, tobacco and licorice infuse the 2017 with lovely character and complexity. This is very nicely done. Readers will find a tasty, open-knit Saint-Émilion that can be enjoyed with minimal cellaring.
Rated 93/100 Vinous
Rated 93/100 James Suckling

2017 Chateau Brown Rouge Pessac-Leognan...$34.99
This is grippy from the start, with bramble and roasted apple wood notes forming the frame around a core of steeped plum, blackberry and black currant fruit. Lively licorice snap and sweet spice elements add to the finish. Solidly built. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Best from 2022 through 2034.
Rated 93/100 The Wine Spectator
Rated 93/100 The Wine Enthusiast

2017 Chateau Potensac Medoc....$34.99
Medium to deep garnet-purple in color and blended of 47% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, the 2017 Potensac reveals delicate, perfumed scents of roses, chocolate-covered cherries, spice box and mulberries with hints of wild sage and pencil lead. Medium-bodied, the palate exudes freshness with plenty of bright, crunchy black fruits, framed by grainy tannins, finishing with an herbal lift.
Rated 93/100 James Suckling

2017 Le Petit Haut Lafitte Pessac-Leognan $39.99 
The 2017 Le Petit Haut Lafitte is another gorgeous wine in this range. Cabernet Sauvignon flavors are really popping today in a wine that is rich, deep and super-expressive. Iron, sweet red cherry, mint, dried flowers and white pepper all run through this gorgeous second wine from Smith Haut Lafitte. The 2017 could use a few years in bottle to fully come together, as the tannins are pretty fierce today. Quite frankly the Le Petit Haut Lafitte could challenge many grand vins in 2017.
Rated 93/100 Vinous

2017 Chateau Barde-Haut St Emilion....$44.99
Just as it was en primeur, the 2017 Barde-Haut possesses notable richness and power, while retaining a good bit of freshness. Inky dark fruit, cloves, licorice, chocolate and menthol are pushed forward here. Racy and voluptuous in the glass, the 2017 is positively gorgeous today. It should drink well with minimal cellaring.
Rated 94+/100 Vinous

2017 Chateau Gloria Saint Julien....$59.99
The 2017 Gloria is just as delicious from bottle as it was from barrel. A rush of bright red cherry and plum fruit, blood orange, iron, dried flowers and mint gives the 2017 its sense of energy. Medium in body and full of character, Gloria is one of the highlights of the vintage. Don't miss it. Tasted two times.
Rated 94/100 Vinous

2017 Chateau Pavie Macquin St Emillion....$89.99 
Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2017 Pavie Macquin comes charging out of the glass with exuberant scents of warm black cherries, blackberry pie and wild blueberry coulis plus hints of menthol, licorice, candied violets and charcuterie. Medium-bodied, the palate is an exercise in precision and poise, featuring a beautiful frame of wonderfully ripe, very fine-grained tannins and bold freshness, finishing very long and multilayered. Simply stunning! The blend here is 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. It was aged for 16 months in French oak barrels, 70% new.
Rated 97/100 The Wine Advocate
Rated 95/100 The Wine Spectator

2017 Chateau Pavie-Decesse St Emilion....$149.99
This is laden with cassis and warmed plum compote notes, infused liberally with violet and anise accents. Gains depth and richness with air, yet maintains a racy edge due to its mouthwatering acidity and perfectly embedded chalky spine on the finish. Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2022 through 2040. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 400 cases made.
Rated 97/100 The Wine Spectator
Rated 97/100 The Wine Advocate

2017 Chateau Coutet Barsac....$34.99 / 375ml
This is youthfully packed, with a green tea accent wrapping up a dense core of creamed pineapple, yellow apple chutney, candied pink grapefruit and quince flavors. The long finish is viscous but bright, gilded liberally with ravishing singed almond and hazelnut notes. Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle. Best from 2022 through 2045
Rated 95/100 The Wine Spectator
Rated 96/100 James Suckling
Rated 95/100 The Wine Advocate

2017 Chateau Doisy Vedrines Barsac....$29.99 / 375ml
Features a juicy and intense core of pineapple, quince and yellow plum fruit waiting to burst forth, kept in check for now by racy acacia and honeysuckle notes, harnessed through the finish by a hazelnut husk detail. Shows terrific length and range, but needs time to unwind. Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc. Best from 2023 through 2045.
Rated 95/100 The Wine Spectator

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