Château Lafleur Pomerol

Fantastic on the nose. Exuberant aromas of lavender, tobacco, cigar box, violets and sliced plum. Medium to full body. It builds on the palate and goes on forever. Speechless. Such finesse and beauty. Just a hint of spices. What a glorious, hyper-classic wine. Coup de foudre! 100 points

Château Ausone Saint-Emilion

Fabulous aromas of currants, rose petals, dried strawberry and hints of lemon rind, wet earth and chalk. Full and dense and so compacted. What a texture. Phenomenal. Needs five to six years to open, but it’s a joy to taste. Amazing. Such energy. From organically grown grapes as well. I’m in awe. 100 points

Château Mouton Rothschild Pauillac

Incredible iodine, oyster, currants, peat and cedar, yet subtle. Full body, chewy yet polished tannins, and great depth and complexity on the finish. I love the spice and blueberry character on the finish. Vibrant. A sexy style of Mouton. Try drinking this in 2022. 99 points


Château Latour Pauillac

Violets, liquorice, pencil, flowers and currants define this on the nose before it moves to fresh mushrooms. It’s fullbodied yet compacted with tension and a compressed centre palate. Incredible fine-grained tannins and energy. The length is truly great. Should be even more beautiful in 2024. Give it time. 99 points

Château Léoville Las Cases Saint-Julien

I love the nose of blackberry, blueberry, flowers and citrus. Hints of stone and wet earth. Full body and ultra-fine tannins that are so long and seamless. Incredible length. A wine that you want to drink now. 98 points

Château Lafite Rothschild Pauillac

The aromas of stone, oyster shell, blackcurrant and mushroom are intense. Full-bodied, dense and powerful, with lots of blackberry. Great finish. Super energy and depth. Try in 2022. Fascinating. 98 points


Château Ducru-Beaucaillou Saint-Julien

Fabulous aromas of crushed blackberry and blackcurrant, not to mention spices. Wet earth and cedar, too. Complex. Full-bodied yet agile and complete. A dense centre palate. Ultra-round tannins. Everything in the right balance. Wonderful to taste but better to drink in 2022. 99 points

Domaine de Chevalier Pessac-Léognan Blanc

This is so solid and structured. It’s bigger and better than most 2014s. What a wine. Full body with flavours of  stone, dried apple and pear. Goes on for minutes. Yes man! 98 points

L'if Saint-Émilion

The purity and complexity of fruit on the nose are really exceptional with blackberry, clove, nutmeg and stones. Flowers, too. Full-bodied, yet bright and reserved with everything compacted in the centre palate. Acidity is delicious. A superb wine. Give it time to open and show everything, but it’s so wonderful now. Try in 2022. 98 points

(Text by: James Suckling)


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