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  1. Montrose Saint Estephe 2018 Pre-Arrival
    WE96-98
    DEC97
    JD97-99
    JS98-99
    WA96-98
    VM95-98
    $179.98

    98-100 Points!  When you taste a barrel sample and the first thought that comes to mind is 'I want this in my cellar' you know you're tasting a rock star! The color of a pitch black night, this beauty is completely opaque. The wine is powerful, concentrated and palate staining. The fruits vary from black to dark red. The tannins are incredibly soft and sweet plus there is a polish that feels fantastic in your mouth. As the wine coats your palate, teeth and gums, you experience a beautiful purity of fruit, intensity and volume with lift and a finish that crosses the 60 second mark. - Jeff Leve, Wine Cellar Insider

    98-99 Points! This is a big and muscular wine with great structure and depth of fruit. Blackberry and blueberry character. Hints of fresh leaves. Cool earth. Incredible depth, yet so polished. Concentrated. - James Suckling, jamessuckling.com

    97-99 Points! The top wine of the estate as well as one of the wines of the vintage, the 2018 Château Montrose is 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc brought up in 60% new French oak. Crème de cassis, smoky oak, graphite, and violet notes all emerge from this magical Montrose that has thrilling purity, building, layered tannins, integrated acidity, and a blockbuster finish. Deep, concentrated, and built for the long-haul, yet with the sexiness of the vintage, it’s in the same league as the 2016 and will be drinkable in just 4-5 years and keep for 40+. - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com

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  2. Cos D'Estournel Blanc Saint Estephe 2018 Pre-Arrival
    DEC94
    JS97-98
    WA92-94
    VM91-94
    $139.98

    97-98 Points! This is very powerful and tangy with driven acidity and freshness. Full-bodied yet layered and bright. Tight center palate. One of my favorite whites of the vintage. - James Suckling, jamessuckling.com

    92-94 Points!  A blend of 67% Sauvignon Blanc and 33% Sémillon aging in 7% new barriques (13.88% alcohol), the Cos d'Estournel 2018 Blanc is a little closed to begin, opening out to energetic white peach, pink grapefruit and green guava notes plus touches of honeyed toast, orange blossom and coriander seed. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is jam-packed with exotic fruit and stone fruit layers, marked by a seriously refreshing line and finishes long and honey laced. - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate

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  3. Cos D'Estournel Rouge Saint Estephe 2018 Pre-Arrival
    WE95-97
    DEC97
    JD97-99+
    JS98-99
    WA97-100
    VM97-100
    $209.98

    97-100 Points! The 2018 Cos d'Estournel is composed of 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc and has 14.59% alcohol. Aging in 50% new barriques, it has a deep purple-black color and drifts effortlessly, gracefully, seductively out of the glass with slowly unfurling notions of blackcurrant cordial, wild blueberries, chocolate-covered cherries and plum pudding with touches of violets, licorice, wild roses and yeast extract plus a waft of loose tobacco. The full-bodied palate is built like a brick house with a solid frame of super firm, super ripe tannins and seamless freshness to back up the vibrant, crunchy, oh-so-muscular fruit, finishing long with loads of mineral layers. Amazing structure will keep this beauty for at least half a century and probably a full one! - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate

    97-100 Points! A regal, soaring Saint-Estèphe, the 2018 Cos d'Estournel is also clearly one of the wines of the vintage. On the palate, the 2018 is dark and sumptuous, with striking aromatic presence and silky tannins that wrap around a rich core of exotic fruit. Black cherry, savory herbs, leather, spice and menthol build in the glass in a wine that is both aromatically intense and richly textured. The 2018 has been nothing short of breathtaking on the two occasions I have tasted it so far. Don't miss it. - Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media

    98-99 Points! The beautiful integration of ripe fruit and ripe tannins gives the wine a layered and agile mouthfeel. Soft and gorgeous with silky tannins that really kick in at the finish and carry the wine for a long time. - James Suckling, jamessuckling.com

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  4. Le Boscq Saint Estephe 2018 Pre-Arrival
    WS91-94
    JS93-94
    $32.98

    93-94 Points!  This has a beautiful sense of cabernet sauvignon with blackcurrant, blackberry and hot-stone character throughout. Medium to full body, tight and integrated tannins and a flavorful finish. - James Suckling, jamessuckling.com

    91-94 Points!  Very fresh, with a tightly focused beam of cassis and bitter plum fruit. Sweet tobacco notes and well-integrated toast emerge on the finish. Reveals a buried mineral edge. Solid. - Wine Spectator

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  5. Meyney Saint Estephe 2018 Pre-Arrival
    DEC94
    JS95-96
    VM91-94
    $31.98
    95-96 Points!  A very dense yet tight and focused red with blackcurrants, blackberries and hints of spices and walnuts. Full-bodied, very compact and long. Intense finish. - James Suckling, jamessuckling.com
     
    94 Points!  It's clear that this is hugely concentrated, as is the Montrose right next door, but there's also beautiful juice and freshness underneath the black fruits and the powerful grip. Tannins, acidity and fruit: it's all there. This is great quality and should be long-lived, with a rich palate, evenly balanced and austere in all the right places. Another good vintage at this increasingly impressive property. - Decanter
     
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  6. Le Marquis de Calon Segur Saint Estephe 2018 Pre-Arrival
    JD93-95
    WA92-94
    $29.98
    93-95 Points!  Another second wine from this brilliant vintage that tastes more like a grand vin, the 2018 Le Marquis de Calon Segur offers a full-bodied, ripe, incredibly sexy profile that carries terrific amounts of currants, plums, graphite, and leafy herb-like aromas and flavors. A blend of 53% Merlot and 47% Cabernet Sauvignon brought up in 30% new French oak, it’s a head turner that’s going to drink spectacularly well right out of the gate. - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com
     
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  7. Capbern Saint Estephe 2018 Pre-Arrival
    WE92-94
    DEC92
    JD92-94
    JS92-93
    WA91-93
    VM90-92
    $23.98

    92-94 Points!  From the team at Calon Ségur, the 2018 Château Capbern is another smoking good Saint-Estèphe. In 2018 it’s a blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot that will spend 18 months in 60% new French oak. This ripe, sexy wine (it hit 14.6% natural alcohol) sports a deep purple color as well as blockbuster notes of crème de cassis, jammy blackberries, crushed flowers, and scorched earth. Despite all the fruit and texture, it stays beautifully balanced, has classic Saint-Estèphe earthy minerality, ripe tannins, and a great finish. - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com

    92–94 Points!  This spicy wine is rich in a black currant flavor, yet balanced by bright acidity. It's a fine wine that will develop well. - Wine Enthusiast

    92-93 Points!  A fresh and firm Capbern with lots of dark berries, chocolate and hints of hazelnuts. Medium to full body and dense, lightly chewy tannins. Mineral undertone. - James Suckling, jamessuckling.com

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  8. Meyney Saint Estephe 2016
    DEC94
    JS96
    VM93
    $33.98
    Availability:In Stock
    96 Points!  Wild nose. Impressive, deep hue and a wealth of fresh, violet-like aromas, as well as cassis, graphite and dark cherries. The palate has a very sleek, fine, powerful core of tannins that bring a lot of depth and deliver rich dark-fruit flavor. A classic Meyney. Best since 1961! Try from 2023. - James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, February 2019.
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  9. Le Marquis de Calon Segur Saint Estephe 2016 Pre-Arrival
    JD91
    JS93
    NM91
    VM93
    $29.98
    93 Points!  The 2016 Le Marquis de Calon Ségur is just as gorgeous from bottle as it was from barrel. The high percentage of Merlot comes through beautifully in the wine's succulent, racy personality. Raspberry jam, mocha, white flowers, spice and blood orange all race through this succulent second wine from Calon Ségur. Best of all, the 2016 will be ready to drink upon release. Tasted three times. 

     

     
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  10. Montrose Saint Estephe 2015 Pre-Arrival
    JD95
    JS98
    NM94
    $154.98
    Availability:In Stock
    98 Points!  Intensity and clarity of fruit is so insane. Blackberries, spices such as cloves, blueberries, sandalwood and dried lavender. Full body and such a beautiful, dense center palate with perfectly polished tannins. Extremely long and beautiful. One of the best young Montroses in a long, long time. Drink in 2024. - James Suckling, 2/2/18
     
    95 Points!  Another wine I was able to taste on multiple occasions, the 2015 Montrose is a certainly the wine of Saint-Estèphe in 2015. Notes of cassis, damp earth, violets, and graphite/lead pencil notes all flow to a beautifully pure, elegant and multi-dimensional 2015 that has fine, polished tannin, perfect balance, and a great finish. The 2015 is a blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc, all of which was brought up in 65% new oak. This isn’t a blockbuster yet is pure class all the way. It will be better in 4-5 years and keep for 2-3 decades. - Jeb Dunnuck
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