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  1. Haut Bailly Pessac Leognan 2017 Pre-Arrival
    DEC95
    JS94-95
    WA94-96
    VM93-96
    $109.98
    95 Points! 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.  - Jane Anson, Decanter
     
     
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  2. Montrose Saint Estephe 2017 Pre-Arrival
    DEC96
    JS96
    WA96
    VM94
    $144.98
    96 Points! This has more Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend this year, the highest level since 2006, because the Merlot didn't quite make it through the September rains unscathed. The wine is correspondingly powerful with a robust accompanying acidity that promises a long life. The fruit character is savoury, succulent and extremely persistent, with fleshy blackberry alongside touches of redcurrant and a pulsating freshness that keeps on coming. Harvested 12-29 September with twelve days spent actually picking, compared to sixteen days over the last few years, with more hands on deck. They have never been affected by frost, as far as they can remember, and 2017 was no exception. The wind is always such a benefit here. A normal yield of 45hl/ha, 37% of which was for the grand vin. 60% new oak. Drinking Window 2025 - 2040  - Jane Anson, Decanter
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  3. Leoville Poyferre Saint Julien 2017 Pre-Arrival
    DEC95
    JD93
    JS95
    WA93
    $83.98
    95 Points! This has lower alcohol than usual, but doesn't sacrifice the mouthfeel. There's a succulent damson and cappuccino expression through the finish here, along with tautly constructed, bouncy tannins that are both expressive and powerful. It's one of the more rich and round wines in St-Juliens, as fits the house style. Extremely accomplished, it's powerful and will clearly age well. It's somewhere between 2014 and 2015 in quality, but not touching the majestic 2016. A success in the vintage, underlining again that St-Julien has had an extremely lucky 2017.  - Jane Anson, Decanter
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  4. Leoville Barton Saint Julien 2017 Pre-Arrival
    WS93-96
    JD94-96
    JS94-95
    VM93-96
    $79.98
    94-96 Points! The deep, inky-colored 2017 Léoville-Barton is a classic, powerhouse wine from this estate that’s going to need bottle age. Loads of black and blue fruits, violets, classy oak, and ample minerality all soar from the glass. It’s medium to full-bodied, concentrated, and backward on the palate. With fabulous purity and integrated acidity, forget bottles for 5-6 years and enjoy over the following two decades. The blend in 2017 is 93% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Merlot, harvested from the 15th to the 29th of September, and aging in 60% new French oak. - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com
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  5. Troplong Mondot Saint Emilion 2017 Pre-Arrival
    DEC96
    JS95-96
    WA95-97
    VM95-98
    $104.98
    96 Points! Very little here was affected by the frost, giving a yield of 45hl/ha, 95% used for the grand vin. This is a terroir that doesn't need to be dressed up, as I have said several times in the past, and Aymeric is taking what had already begun under Xavier Parrente to the next level. This is one of the few wines to really make your heart race in 2017, with its blueberry and cool, black fruit notes with zippy minerality and a juicy, slightly saline finish. There is plenty of power, but it's contained, and the fruit is almost surprising in its purity and direction - it makes everyone around the table start talking. This is an extremely surprising 2017, one that I absolutely recommend without hesitation.  - Jane Anson, Decanter
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  6. Clos Fourtet Saint Emilion 2017 Pre-Arrival
    JD94-97
    JS94-95
    WA92-94
    VM92-95
    $104.98
    94-97 Points! This incredible terroir located just outside the village of Saint-Emilion has turned out a spectacular 2017 that has more richness and texture than most in the vintage. A rough blend of 86% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the rest Cabernet Franc, brought up in 60% new barrels, the 2017 Clos Fourtet offers a deep, saturated purple color to go with a huge nose of pure red and black fruits, bouquet garni, crushed rocks, and spice box. With medium to full-bodied richness, terrific sweetness and depth of fruit, ripe tannin, and a big finish, it’s a gem in the vintage and a no-brainer purchase. Tasted twice. - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com
     
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  7. Smith Haut Lafitte Pessac Leognan 2017 Pre-Arrival
    DEC94
    JS95-96
    WA94-96
    VM94-97
    $99.98
    94-97 Points! The 2017 Smith Haut Lafitte is easily one of the highlights of the vintage. Dense, unctuous and impeccably balanced, the 2017 exudes depth from start to finish. Charcoal embers, graphite, menthol, licorice and sage add myriad shades of nuance to the plush, unctuous dark raspberry jam fruit. This is a super impressive showing from Smith Haut Lafitte. I tasted the 2017 two times. On both occasions, the wine showed tremendous aromatic and flavor depth.  - Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media
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  8. Pavie Macquin Saint Emilion 2017 Pre-Arrival
    JD93-95+
    JS94-95
    WA95-97
    VM93-96
    $77.98
    95-97 Points! The 2017 Pavie Macquin is deep garnet-purple in color and opens with flamboyant notes of warm black and red plums, black cherries and tilled soil with delicate touches of cloves, star anise, red roses and forest floor. Medium-bodied with a firm backbone of very finely grained, very ripe tannins and tons of freshness, it has wonderfully elegant yet intense fruit layers and a long, minerally finish. Just beautiful.  - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate
     
     
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  9. Les Carmes Haut Brion Pessac Leognan 2017 Pre-Arrival
    DEC94
    JD92
    JS94
    VM93
    $79.98
    93-96 Points! The 2017 Les Carmes Haut-Brion is subtle and understated, but it’s all there. Lifted aromatics, bright, red-toned fruit and silky tannins add to the wine's brilliant, chiseled personality. I find the 2017 more precise and nuanced than in the recent past, with less overt power. It's hard to know exactly if the style of the 2017 is a result of the growing conditions of the year, or the result of an evolution in winemaking that includes the introduction of terra cotta, among other things. I certainly get the sense Guillaume Pouthier reined the wine back a bit in 2017. No matter. The end result is all that counts, and in 2017 Les Carmes Haut-Brion is positively stellar. As always, the high percentage of Cabernet Franc and a healthy dollop of whole clusters give Les Carmes an explosive bouquet and plenty of saline-infused energy. A closing flourish of sweet red berry fruit, mint, rose petal and mocha leaves a lasting impression. The 2017 is not an obvious wine, but it sure is gorgeous. Don't miss it! Tasted two times.  - Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media
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  10. Canon Saint Emilion 2017 Pre-Arrival
    WS93-96
    JD94-97
    WA94-96
    VM93-96
    $98.98
    94-97 Points! One of the gems in the vintage is the 2017 Château Canon, which checks in at 73% Merlot and 18% Cabernet Franc. Sensational notes of black cherries, blueberries, liquid violets, awesome graphite, and scorched earth-like minerality all give way to a medium to full-bodied, concentrated, incredibly pure, yet masculine beauty that has building tannin, beautiful purity of fruit, and a great finish. It's not going to match the 2015 on sheer size and scale, but it's a sensational wine. It’s going to need 3-4 years of bottle age to be drinkable and will keep for two decades or more. Tasted twice. - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com
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  11. Calon Segur Saint Estephe 2017 Pre-Arrival
    JD92-94
    JS94-95
    WA92-94
    VM92-94
    $89.98
    92-94 Points! The 2017 Calon-Ségur is tentatively blended of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Deep garnet-purple in color, it opens with pronounced black currants, crushed blackberries and fresh black plums with hints of cigar box, sandalwood and cinnamon stick plus a waft of mossy bark. The palate is medium-bodied, elegant, energetic and fresh with layers of black fruit, perfumed incense and fragrant earth notions, lingering nicely with exotic spices coming through on the finish. - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate
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  12. Grand Puy Lacoste Pauillac 2017 Pre-Arrival
    WS91-94
    DEC94
    JS92-93
    NM91-93
    VM91-93
    $79.98
    94 Points! These guys often over-deliver in challenging years, and have done so yet again. As you would expect in a vintage that has produced such an excellent Lacoste Borie, this GPL is exceptional, a real success that's juicy and carefully extracted. It has weight and impact, with a Pauillac tannic hold and presence. It's one of my wines of the vintage, and a must buy. The balanced, sculpted, juicy black fruits fully deliver personality and signature style. Harvested 15-29 September, yielding 45hl/ha. 80% new oak. Drinking Window 2025 - 2038  - Jane Anson, Decanter
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  13. Rauzan-Segla Margaux 2017 Pre-Arrival
    DEC93
    JS94-95
    WA94-96
    NM92-94
    VM92-94
    $77.98
    94-96 Points! Composed of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot and sporting a deep garnet-purple color, the 2017 Rauzan-Segla (Rausan-Segla has a profound nose of cassis, warm blackberries and black plums with touches of baking spices, violets, mocha and smoke plus a waft of garrigue. Medium to full-bodied with a great core of sustained, energetic black fruit, a frame of fine-grained tannins and a lively backbone, it finishes with great length.  - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate
     
     
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  14. Pichon Lalande Pauillac 2017 Pre-Arrival
    JD93-95
    JS95-96
    WA94-96
    NM93-95
    VM93-95
    $124.98
    94-96 Points! This barrel sample is 100% new oak, whereas the final blend will be only 60% new oak. A blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, the 2017 Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande is very deep garnet-purple in color with an incredibly fragrant nose of roses, lavender and baking spices over a core of crushed blackcurrants, wild blueberries and fresh plums plus touches of iron ore and underbrush. Medium-bodied and elegant with firm, grainy tannins, it's quite taut and muscular, with lots of perfumed and mineral layers and a long finish with lingering cinnamon and anise notes.  - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate
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  15. d'Issan Margaux 2017 Pre-Arrival
    DEC94
    JS93-94
    WA90-92
    NM90-92
    VM90-92
    $62.98
    94 Points! This is rather lovely this year. It has a real depth to the fruit, with a brush of caramel through it and a highly appealing cigar box twist on the finish. It doesn't quite have the voluptuous ripeness of 2015 and 2016, but there's plenty of Margaux elegance, precision and touches of florality. They weren't badly affected by frost here, so they had a healthy yield of 43hl/ha. A complete wine with beginning, middle and end. 50% new oak. Drinking Window 2024 - 2040  - Jane Anson, Decanter
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  16. Gloria Saint Julien 2017 Pre-Arrival
    WS91-94
    DEC92
    JD90-92
    VM91-94
    $39.98
    91-94 Points! The 2017 Gloria is superb. At once deep and fleshy, but also beautifully delineated, the 2017 is incredibly satisfying. Succulent red and blue fruit, cedar, tobacco, anise and leather are some of the many notes that develop in the glass in an explosive, potent Saint-Julien that delivers the goods, and then some. Best of all, Gloria remains one of the most compelling values in all of Bordeaux. Don't miss it. Tasted three times.  - Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media
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  17. Fonplegade Saint Emilion 2017 Pre-Arrival
    JD90-92
    JS92-93
    WA93-95
    NM92-94
    VM92-94
    $36.98
    93-95 Points! The deep garnet-purple colored 2017 Fonplegade has quite a spicy nose sporting notes of anise, cloves, fenugreek and black pepper over a core of warm black plums and blackberries plus a waft of potpourri. Medium-bodied with a rock-solid frame of grainy tannins and wonderful freshness, it features bags of vibrant black fruits and a long, spicy finish. - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate
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  18. Beau-Sejour Becot St. Emilion 2017 Pre-Arrival
    WS93-96
    DEC93
    WA92-94
    VM91-94
    $64.98
    93 Points! Lovely dark chocolate and fresh mint aromas are followed by a textured, silky and soft palate. It has a slightly gourmet feel, but is very well handled, not overdone. An enjoyable wine, fresh but intense and with great balance. Drinking Window 2025 - 2035  - Jane Anson, Decanter
     
     
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  19. Prieure Lichine Margaux 2017 Pre-Arrival
    DEC94
    JS93-94
    VM91-94
    $44.98
    91-94 Points! The 2017 Prieuré-Lichine is another in a series of utterly gorgeous wines that have emerged from this château in recent years. The construction of a new cellar a few years ago seems to have made a huge difference in the precision of the wine. Soft, supple and gracious, with gentle contours and silky tannins, the 2017 is pure class. Succulent red berry, plum, rose petal and mint infuse this gracious Margaux. The blend is 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. The increase in Cabernet Sauvignon is a reflection of a desire to gradually build the wine on a core of Cabernet rather than a response solely to the conditions of the year. Stéphane Derenoncourt and his team continue to do a brilliant work at Prieuré-Lichine. Tasted two times.  - Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media
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  20. Clerc Milon Pauillac 2017 Pre-Arrival
    DEC94
    JD91-93
    JS92-93
    WA93-95
    $79.98
    93-95 Points! A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Carménère, the 2017 Clerc Milon is deep garnet-purple in color and scented of crushed red and black currants, wild blueberries and black pepper with touches of cigar box, violets, underbrush and menthol. Medium-bodied and with a very firm structure of wonderfully ripe, pixelated tannins and exhilarating freshness, it finishes long with notes of pebbles and floral perfume.  - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate
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