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  1. La Garde Pessac-Leognan Blanc 2017
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    93-94 Points! This is very linear and really energetic with a driven acidity and tight and compact fruit. Full-bodied yet remains so agile and bright. The lemon-zest and salty character is impressive. Only 10% new wood here. - JamesSuckling.com Learn More
  2. Haut Brion Pessac Leognan 2018 Pre-Arrival
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    $579.98

    98-99 Points! The length and texture to this wine is so very impressive. It’s not so much the sheer power that is impressive here, rather the form, tension and exquisite form that the abundant, fine-grained tannins provide. It lasts for minutes on the palate. A classic beauty in the making. - James Suckling, jamessuckling.com

    97-99+ Points! The 2018 Haut-Brion is a blend of 49.4% Merlot, 38.7% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11.9% Cabernet Franc, harvested September 6 to October 2. Deep purple-black in color, it is much more closed than the La Mission. It holds back for the first few minutes, reticent to reveal what slowly uncoils to give wave after wave of exotic spices--cardamom, cassis, star anise and fenugreek--over an opulent core of red roses, Black Forest cake, warm cassis and black raspberries with nuances of cigar box, crushed rocks, truffles, tilled black soil, iron ore and smoked meats. The full-bodied palate is truly profound, with restrained black fruit and spice layers slowly offering mineral sparks and savory suggestions within a rock-solid frame of firm, super fine-grained tannins and beautiful freshness, finishing with epic length and depth. This will take longer to come around than the La Mission, but it will be well worth the wait. - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

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  3. La Mission Haut Brion Rouge Pessac Leognan 2018 Pre-Arrival
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    $349.98

    98-100 Points! The 2018 La Mission Haut-Brion is composed of 53.5% Merlot, 42.9% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3.6% Cabernet Franc, harvested September 10 to October 2. Deep purple-black in color, it slowly unfurls to reveal a beguiling nose of earth and soft-spoken fruit, opening with wild blueberries, wet slate, pencil lead and fresh black cherries giving way to a serious core of blackcurrant cordial, baked plums and wild sage, and then exposing delicate wafts of rose hip tea and candied violets. Full-bodied, the palate is very tightly wound and super intense with amazing restraint and energy focused around very firm, exquisitely fine-grained tannins and seamless freshness, finishing incredibly long and fantastically multilayered. Extraordinary wine. - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

    97-99 Points! The 2018 La Mission Haut-Brion checks in as 53.5% Merlot, 42.9% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the rest Cabernet Franc that, like the La Chappelle de la Mission Haut-Brion, was harvested between September 10 and October 2. Straight up awesome notes of black raspberries, smoked earth, melted licorice, and tobacco all emerge from this deeply colored 2018, and it develops a beautiful violet and floral quality with time in the glass. Rich, full-bodied, and concentrated on the palate, with subtle background oak and sweet tannins, it's one sexy yet also seamless 2018 that does everything right. - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com

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  4. Haut Bailly Pessac Leognan 2018 Pre-Arrival
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    $119.98

    97-100 Points! A wine that's going to flirt with perfection, the 2018 Château Haut-Bailly is a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, and 5% Each of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, brought up in 60% new French oak. Hitting 14.5% alcohol, its deep purple color is followed by a fabulous bouquet of pure crème de cassis, crushed violets, white flowers, graphite, and damp earth. An incredibly powerful, opulent wine, it nevertheless has sensational purity as well as the freshness and elegance that's the hallmark of this terrific estate. It will drink well in just a few years yet keep for 20-25 years or more. - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com

    97-98 Points!  Incredible depth of fruit to this with a center palate that shows superb character and texture. I love the hazelnut and coffee-bean undertones to the beautiful fruit, which shows great finesse. Full-bodied yet compact and tight, giving a sense of agility and flight to the wine. Extremely tight and polished tannins. - James Suckling, jamessuckling.com

    96-98+ Points! Deep purple-black in color, it opens slowly with profound notions of Black Forest cake, crème de cassis, roasted nuts and black olives, unfurling to reveal notions of menthol, crushed rocks, molten licorice and chargrilled meat plus a hint of lilacs. Full-bodied, rich and densely laden with layer upon layer of vibrant black fruits and mineral nuances, it has a solid backbone of firm, velvety tannins and seamless freshness, finishing very long with compelling restraint and exciting energy. - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate

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  5. Smith Haut Lafitte Rouge Pessac Leognan 2018 Pre-Arrival
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    $114.98

    97-100 Points! Checking in as 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot brought up in 60% new French oak, the 2018 Château Smith Haut Lafitte reveals a saturated purple color as well as rock star notes of crème de cassis, blueberries, graphite, crushed rocks, and spice. Deep, profoundly concentrated, beautifully seamless and textured on the palate, it reminds me of the 2009 with its opulent, powerful style. It's a brilliant wine from this terrific estate and up with the top wines in the vintage. Hats off to director Fabien Teitgen who continues to make an elegant yet powerful, uncompromising style of wine. - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com

    98-99 Points! This is incredibly complex with hazelnut, currant, berry and dried-flower character. The impression of a vat of fermenting cabernet. Full body, round and juicy tannins and a long, soft and silky finish. Shows the essence of the fruit here. Fascinating. Layered and complex. - James Suckling, jamessuckling.com

    97-99+ Points! Composed of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot aging in 60% new barriques, the very deep purple-black colored 2018 Smith Haut Lafitte is a little shy to begin. With coaxing, it very slowly unfurls to reveal a heart-stopping perfume of violets, red roses, kirsch, black cherries and redcurrant jelly, before giving way to a profound core of warm blackcurrants, blackberry preserves, molten licorice and cinnamon stick with nuances of dried mint, orange blossoms (yes!) and cloves. Full-bodied, the fruit does veritable pirouettes on your palate, both elegant and powerful in its expression, coating the mouth with densely packed red and black fruits while revealing tons of mineral, floral and savory sparks, framed by exquisitely fine-grained tannins and bold freshness, finishing very long. - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate

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  6. Domaine de Chevalier Rouge Pessac Leognan 2018 Pre-Arrival
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    99-100 Points! Wow. I can’t get over the pureness of fruit in this wine with so much currant, tar and wet-earth character. Flowers, too. So aromatic. Full body, yet pureness and brightness of fruit. Layered. Incredible depth and beauty. Greatest ever? - James Suckling, jamessuckling.com

    96-98 Points! Possibly one of the finest wines ever to come from the Bernard family’s flagship estate near Léognan, the 2018 Domaine de Chevalier checks in as a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, and 5% Petit Verdot that hit 13.5% alcohol and will spend 18 months in just 35% new French oak. Its saturated purple/plum color is followed by a mammoth bouquet of cassis, black currants, gravelly earth, smoked herbs, and tobacco. Full-bodied, deep, brilliantly balanced, and seriously concentrated, it has polished tannins, no hard edges, and a finish that won’t quit. It’s a heavenly Graves that will keep for 30+ years. - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com

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  7. La Garde Rouge Pessac Leognan 2018 Pre-Arrival
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    $25.98

    92-93 Points! This is a wonderful young red with crushed blackberry and blueberry character. Full-bodied yet agile and very velvety. Flavorful finish. A beauty. 10 per cent co-fermented cabernet sauvignon and merlot. - James Suckling, jamessuckling.com

    91-94 Points! This has the sappy fruit feel of the AOC in this vintage, but there's equivalent freshness too, giving the plum and cherry paste flavors some brightness and energy on the finish. - Wine Spectator

    91 Points! The La Garde vineyard has one north-facing gravel slope and one south-facing clay-limestone slope, giving the estate a good balance of ripening dates in most vintages. In another sign of how unusual 2018 was, both Cabernet and Merlot on these different slopes ripened at the same time, so they were co-fermented in one tank. Unusual for sure, but the result is excellent. They do such a good job here of making accessible but polished and elegant Pessacs. This is smooth, ripe and welcoming, with a seductive expansion through the mid-palate that emphasises the creamy texture of the fruits. Definitely as good as the 2016, maybe better. - Decanter

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  8. La Garde Blanc Pessac Leognan 2018 Pre-Arrival
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    $27.98

    93-94 Points! This is a dense and rich white with layers of fruit and a hint of tannin. Solid tension to the wine. Full-bodied. Lots of green apples, grapefruit and papaya. Lovely hints of creaminess at the finish. - James Suckling, jamessuckling.com

    90-93 Points! Lively, with herb- and mineral-edged zing running through a mix of lemon, lime and tangerine notes. - Wine Spectator

    90 Points! Rich, fleshy white peach flavours head towards exotic but are pulled back and lifted up by a lovely freshness running through the palate. A great value wine to give you a taste of Pessac-Léognan. - Decanter

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  9. Clos Marsalette Pessac Leognan 2018 Pre-Arrival
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    $24.98

    93-96 Points!  Very fresh and refined in feel, with lots of ripe boysenberry and cherry preserve flavors that glide through. There's a light licorice frame and a pretty sanguine note on the finish. An understated style for the AOC. - Wine Spectator

    92-94 Points!  Another terrific wine from the team of Stephan von Neipperg, the 2018 Clos Marsalette comes from the deeper, gravelly soils of the Graves region and has terrific depth of fruit and richness as well as some obvious earthy minerality and floral notes. Rounded, medium to full-bodied, fruit forward, and sumptuous, drink this beauty any time over the coming 15+ years or more. The blend is 55% Cabernet Sauvignon and 45% Merlot still aging in 45% new French oak.  - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com

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  10. Pape Clement Blanc Pessac Leognan 2018 Pre-Arrival
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    $134.98
    98-99 Points!  This is a cylinder of dense fruit and phenolic intensity, yet it remains agile and vivid with cooked-apple, honey and cream character, compounding the fantastic texture and structure. A great white with the same gravitas as a red. - James Suckling, jamessuckling.com
     
    94-96 Points!  The Pape Clement 2018 Blanc slips languidly from the glass with tropical notes of warm pineapples, fresh mango and green guava plus hints of nutmeg, orange blossoms, lanolin and crushed rocks. Full-bodied, rich and seductive, it is absolutely laden with tropical fruit and spice layers, with a racy line to support and long, opulent finish. The blend is 57% Sauvignon Blanc, 39% Sémillon and 4% Muscadelle. Anticipated aging regimen is 14 months in 55% new and 45% second-fill French oak barrels. - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate
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