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  1. Domaine De Chevalier Rouge Pessac Leognan 2017 Pre-Arrival
    JD94-97
    JS93-94
    WA93-95
    NM92-94
    VM92-94
    $69.98
    94-97 Points! Tasted no less than four times, the 2017 Domaine de Chevalier is going to be up with the crème de la crème of the vintage. Based on 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, and 5% Petit Verdot aging in 35% new French oak, its deep purple color is followed by an incredibly classic bouquet of crème de cassis, crushed rock, pipe tobacco, smoked earth, and leafy herbs. Similar in style to the 2008, yet with more generosity and charm, it’s medium to full-bodied, silky, and elegant, with ripe tannin. Give it a few years and enjoy over the following two decades or more. - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com
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  2. Domaine De Chevalier Blanc Pessac Leognan 2017 Pre-Arrival
    DEC94
    JD95-97
    JS96-97
    NM93-95
    VM93-95
    $109.98
    95-97 Points! I was able to taste the 2017 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc on three separate occasions and it never failed to impress. It should match, if not exceed, the 2015. Gorgeous notes of lemon curd, mint, citrus, white peach, and salty minerality all emerge from this medium to full-bodied white. It doesn’t have the sheer scale or sexiness of a sunnier year, yet its purity is off the charts, it has riveting acidity, and a great, great finish. The blend is currently 70% Sauvignon and 30% Sémillon, and it will spend 16 months on lees in 35% new French oak. Don’t miss it! - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com
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  3. Suduiraut Sauternes 2017 Pre-Arrival
    JD95-97
    JS97-98
    VM94-97
    $69.98
    95-97 Points! One of the finest Sauternes I was able to taste for this report was the 2017 Château Suduiraut, from an estate that was unaffected by the April frost. A rockstar blend of 94% Sémillon and 6% Sauvignon, aged in 50% new oak, it boasts a big, thrilling bouquet of orange blossom, honeysuckle, and pure botrytis-laced fruit. Seamless, incredibly polished and balanced on the palate, it has serious sweetness, yet just glides across the palate and is remarkably elegant. - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com
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  4. Rieussec Sauternes 2017 Pre-Arrival
    WE95-97
    JD95-97
    WA96-98
    $64.98
    95-97 Points! The 2017 Rieussec is a killer Sauternes that shows the fresh, chiseled style of the vintage while still packing awesome fruit. Huge notes of orange blossom, honeyed citrus, mints and exotic flowers flow to a full-bodied, viscous 2017 that has beautiful purity, a clean, perfectly balanced texture, integrated acidity and a great finish. It’s a rockstar effort. - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com
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  5. Laroque Saint Emilion 2017 Pre-Arrival
    JS91-92
    VM91-94
    $29.98
    91-94 Points! The 2017 Laroque is the best vintage so far at Laroque under the stewardship of David Suire. A rush of dark red cherry, blackberry, smoke, licorice, lavender and incense give the 2017 a distinctly dark, brooding personality. In 2017, Laroque is 99% Merlot and just 1% Cabernet Franc. Ample, broad and creamy, Laroque has a lot to offer. It may very well be the single most improved wine in Saint-Émilion over the last few years. The Grand Vin is a selection of the best parcels across the three terroirs – argillo/calcaire, red clay and blue clay – that run through the property. - Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media
     
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  6. Siran Margaux 2017 Pre-Arrival
    DEC92
    JD90
    JS92
    VM90
    $29.98
    92 Points! This is rather lovely, with excellent aromatics and fine tannins with a feeling of flex and precision. There is no question that the fruit has form and density, with focussed cassis and tobacco notes and some slate. This also lasts well on the palate. The fruit is at the fresher end of the scale, as is true across most wines in 2017, but it's clearly successful. Hubert de Boüard is consultant at this estate, owned by Edouard Miailhe with winemaker Marjolaine DeFrance. There was no frost here, and the season was two weeks ahead of normal. Harvested 19 September to 5 October. Drinking Window 2024 - 2038  - Jane Anson, Decanter
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  7. Malescot St. Exupery Margaux 2017 Pre-Arrival
    WS90-93
    JS95-96
    WA91-93
    NM91-93
    VM91-93
    $54.98
    91-93 Points! The 2017 Malescot St. Exupéry has a simpler bouquet than recent vintages with high-toned red cherry and raspberry fruit, quite “warm” compared to its peers and it would benefit from a little more delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin. It is not a complex Malescot St. Exupéry but I admire the balance and focus. There is plenty of tightly wound red berry fruit laced with cedar and smoke, quite finessed towards the finish with a long spicy aftertaste. I would just like the aromatics to step up to the grade of the palate, so let’s see how this shows once in bottle.  - Neal Martin, Vinous Media
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  8. Gazin Pomerol 2017 Pre-Arrival
    JD92-95
    JS94-95
    NM91-93
    VM91-93
    $89.98
    92-95 Points! One of the more sexy, opulent wines in the vintage is the 2017 Château Gazin, which comes close to the estate’s smoking good 2015. Ripe black cherries, currants, spice box and incense notes all give way to a medium to full-bodied, plump, beautifully textured Pomerol that has sweet tannin and a great finish. It should hit the ground running and keep for 15 years or more. - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com
     
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  9. Cantemerle Haut Medoc 2017 Pre-Arrival
    WE92-94
    DEC92
    JS93-94
    $32.98
    92 Points! This is a very attractive wine that has been carefully extracted in this vintage. It has a damson fruit expression with real elegance and restrained power, followed by a dusting of cocoa powder and cinnamon (more evident on the second tasting). A little shorter than in 2016, but full of elegance and fine tannins. Drinking Window 2022 - 2038  - Jane Anson, Decanter
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  10. Marquis d'Alesme Becker Margaux 2017 Pre-Arrival
    WS90
    DEC92
    JD93-95
    WA92-94
    NM92-94
    VM92-94
    $43.98
    93-95 Points! Brought into the US exclusively by Jeffrey Davies, the 2017 Château Marquis d'Alesme Becker might just be the finest wine from this estate to date. Made from 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot, aged in 65% new French oak, its deep purple color is followed by a gorgeous perfume of crème de cassis, black cherries, crushed violets, and cedary spice. Possessing terrific purity of fruit, medium to full body, building tannin, and a great finish, this balanced, impeccably made 2017 will need 2-4 years of cellaring and keep for two decades or more. It’s a gem in the vintage and readers owe it to themselves to check out this estate, which has an undeniably gorgeous terroir. - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com
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  11. Badette Saint Emilion 2017 Pre-Arrival
    JD92-94
    JS91-92
    WA91-93+
    NM90-92
    VM90-92
    $24.98
    92-94 Points! A crazy good effort, the 2017 Château Badette is a rough blend of 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot (which might be the first time Petit Verdot has been used in Saint Emilion) brought up in 50% new oak. Inky-colored, with a modern bouquet of cassis, high-class oak, violets, and spice, this puppy hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, terrific mid-palate depth, and a great sense of minerality on the finish. Coming from 10 hectares located in the Badette lieu-dit, this rockstar 2017 will drink nicely for 15+ years. - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com
     
     
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  12. Pape Clement Blanc Pessac Leognan 2017 Pre-Arrival
    WS93
    JD94-96
    JS97-98
    WA94-96+
    VM93-96
    $154.98
    94-96 Points! From a 6.7-hectare parcel of the Pessac vineyard and made from 55% Sauvignon and 45% Sémillon, aging in 55% new French oak, the 2017 Château Pape Clément Blanc offers a powerful, medium to full-bodied profile as well as smoking good notes of pineapple, lychee nut, and exotic flowers. None of the oak its aging is noticeable, it has bright acidity, a stacked mid-palate, and a great finish. It’s more elegant and focused than the blockbuster styled 2015, and has a chiseled, elegant style capable of lasting for two decades or more. Tasted three times. - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com
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  13. Pape Clement Pessac Leognan Rouge 2017 Pre-Arrival
    WS91
    JD94-96
    JS95
    WA92-94
    VM94-97
    $89.98
    94-97 Points! The 2017 Pape Clément is fabulous. One of the rare 2017s with a real sense of structure, Pape Clément possesses dazzling intensity from start to finish. A rush of dark cherry, plum, chocolate and grilled herb notes hits the palate as this majestic, towering wine shows off its personality. Time in the glass brings out a brighter and more floral set of flavors. The 2017 is the first vintage made with a portion of whole clusters, an inspiration Bernard Magrez takes from Châteauneuf-du-Pape, where he recently bought a small property. Quite simply, the 2017 Pape Clément is a magnificent wine by any measure. Don't miss it. The only problem with the 2017 is that yields are down 40% because of frost. - Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media
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  14. Haut Brisson Saint Emilion 2017 Pre-Arrival
    JD90-92
    JS92-93
    $24.98
    90-92 Points! One of the more sexy and voluptuous wines in the vintage, the 2017 Château Haut-Brisson comes from Hong Kong-based financier Peter Kwok, who also owns Tour Saint Christophe and spares no expense when it comes to quality. The vineyard is located is located on the limestone plateau of St. Etienne-de-Lisse. The 2017 is 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc that will see 18 months in 35% new French oak. This deep, inky-colored effort reveals beautifully pure blue fruits and hints of strawberries, spice, and loads of floral notes. Rounded, sexy, and impressively textured, give bottles a few years and enjoy over the following decade or more. - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com
     
     
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  15. Labegorce Margaux 2017 Pre-Arrival
    WS90
    DEC92
    JD91
    JS92
    $29.98
    91-93Points! The 2017 Château Labégorce checks in as 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot (which is slightly more than normal), 8% Cabernet Franc and the rest Petit Verdot, aging in 45% new French oak. Its vibrant purple color is followed by a beautiful bouquet of crème de cassis, crushed flowers, classy oak, and graphite. With medium to full-bodied richness, an awesome texture, and ripe tannin, it’s up with the top wines from the appellation. Tasted twice. This is an estate readers need to have on their radar.- Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com
     
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  16. Barde-Haut Saint Emilion 2017 Pre-Arrival
    WS90-93
    JD92-94
    JS93-94
    WA91-93
    $39.98
    92-94 Points! The deep, inky-colored 2017 Barde-Haut is a seriously good 2017 from Hélène Garcin-Lévêque that offers tons of kirsch, ripe black cherries, and spice aromas and flavors in a rounded, silky, sexy style. It has wonderful purity of fruit, no hard edges, and a great finish. I suspect it will be reasonably approachable on release yet capable of lasting for 10-15 years. The blend is 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc which will spend 18 months in 80% new French oak.- Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com
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  17. Bellefont Belcier Saint Emilion 2017 Pre-Arrival
    DEC90
    JD92-95
    JS93-94
    $45.98
    92-95 Points! Coming from a 13.5-hectare vineyard sitting on the plateau and south-facing hillside of the Cote Pavie (right beside Larcis-Ducasse), the 2017 Bellefont-Belcier is a screaming success in the vintage. Loaded with beautiful dark fruits, violets, and salty, rocky minerality, this beauty hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, sensational purity of fruit, and perfect balance. The tentative blend is 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, and it hit a solid 14.6% natural alcohol. It’s certainly worth your time and money. Tasted three times.- Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com
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  18. Palmer Margaux 2017 Pre-Arrival
    WS92-95
    WE94
    JD92-95
    JS97-98
    $279.98
    92-95 Points! One of the more inky, black-colored wines in the vintage, the 2017 Palmer is a powerhouse effort that has a big, rich, chewy style as well as tons of chocolaty black and blue fruits, graphite, licorice, truffle, and hints of violets. A blend of 54% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Petit Verdot, harvested between the 20th and 29th of September, it has a powerful, full-bodied style, building tannin, and is impeccably balanced. It’s one of the vintage’s most promising efforts but is going to need 3-4 years of cellaring. It should last for two decades or more. - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com
     
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  19. Palmer Margaux 2009 Pre-Arrival
    JS98
    WA97
    $389.98

    98 Points!  This has such class and power. Aromas of blueberries and blackberries, with hints of violets. Full-bodied, with polished tannins and a juicy finish. Solid and extremely pretty. Fabulous finish. - JamesSuckling.com

    97 Points!  One of the all-time great Palmers (along with the 1961, 1966, 1970, 1989, 2000 and 2005), the 2009 Palmer is a blend of 52% Merlot, 41% Cabernet Sauvignon and a whopping 7% Petit Verdot that came in at close to 14% natural alcohol. An opaque blue/black color suggests a wine with thrilling levels of concentration and intensity, and that-s exactly what a taster gets. Subtle smoke, incense and Asian spice (soy?) notes interwoven with graphite, blueberry, blackberry and cassis characteristics lead to a full-bodied, phenomenally concentrated, viscous, opulent wine with plenty of sweet tannin. This sensational Palmer reveals even more floral notes than vintages such as 2005 and 2000. It should drink well for 50 years. - RobertParker.com

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