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Bordeaux 2023 Vintage

Welcome to Bordeaux 2023 at C&B

To find out more about the 2023 Bordeaux vintage, please read our vintage reports. See all the 2023 Bordeaux releases below. All prices shown are in bond, GBP.

To order or for information about different formats we offer, please contact us on 020 7265 2430 (UK), +852 3694 3333 (HK), +65 6221 8530 (SG).

 


DAILY COMMENTARY
(latest releases below)

13.06.24: Edging closer to the final act today, with only Trotanoy and Petrus to come, we see La Conseillante and Figeac closing the significant Place de Bordeaux releases. A doff of the cap towards the pricing, where both estates have released lower than we anticipated. La Conseillante sitting in the middle of our recommended pre-order buy price range and Figeac sitting below its bracket! Both wines of real pedigree and widely viewed as some of the best produced in 2023. Most merchants and critics discussing the wines of the vintage will speak of these two, with credible arguments to support. La Conseillante is in fact a potential 100-point wine from a very prominent wine expert and critic. Two rather unexpectedly exciting releases to draw the curtain on, we suggest you get involved sooner rather than later to avoid any disappointment.

12.06.24: Another good release this morning with Château Montrose (£714/6), in that it falls within our recommended buy price range of £670-£740. This is a contender for the best left bank of the vintage, a potential 100-point wine with William Kelley who says it "it will be worth a special effort to seek out" and an effusive Neal Martin awarding 96-98 points saying “it is one of the vintage's finest contributions from the Left Bank”. We score it highly too at 18/20, and given the price is less than 2022, 2020, 2019, 2018 & 2016, it is one that we anticipate selling well, please order at your earliest convenience.

11.06.24: Today’s releases are a story of two halves, the side that has misjudged the pricing badly (Troplong Mondot and Haut Bailly), and the side that has pulled a bit of a rabbit out of the hat (Vieux Château Certan)!! VCC at £555/case of 3 bottles is one of the campaign’s no brainers. The quality is scintillating, it left its mark strongly with team C&B scoring it 18.5/20 and the pricing sweetens it all the more. The only vintages to be found in the market for less than the 2023 within the last 10 years are 2017 and 2014. A wine you must have from this vintage.
If you are keen, please get in touch as quickly as possible as the majority of the wine has been allocated to pre-orders, with a small quantity left over offered on a first come basis.

06.06.24: Margaux
has stolen the limelight today, releasing the very compelling and attractive price of £1,080/3 – making it the least expensive Margaux over the last 10 years except 2014 & 2017. Giving it a big 18.5/20 score as it was our joint favourite first growth, all sold out to pre-orders. Pavillon Rouge followed suit to the Grand Vin and Pavillon Blanc offers some higher than usual quality in 2023. Calon Segur is a fan favourite and with only a few vintages in the last 10 years for less than the release price of £468, we feel one to partake in with a case. Gruaud Larose at £358/6 is sadly one to avoid and rather obvious miss, a shame as we rated the wine!


05.06.24: The Chanel trio of Château Canon, Château Rauzan-Segla and Château Berliquet are the other wines to join the march today. None of them quite live up to the attraction of Carmes Haut-Brion earlier (which came out under our recommended buy price and is a stunning wine!), but they will offer the stoic fans and fence sitters one to ponder. Both Canon and Rauzan-Segla came out at the top end of our price bracket, meaning it has slipped into the middle of recent vintage prices back to 2014. We scored Rauzan-Segla higher, and at £360/6 is a gem of a wine versus other regions at this level, but Canon arguably offers a touch more value.

 


Previous Daily Commentary

 


Daily Commentary
Please see latest releases below commentary

13.06.24: Edging closer to the final act today, with only Trotanoy and Petrus to come, we see La Conseillante and Figeac closing the significant Place de Bordeaux releases. A doff of the cap towards the pricing, where both estates have released lower than we anticipated. La Conseillante sitting in the middle of our recommended pre-order buy price range and Figeac sitting below its bracket! Both wines of real pedigree and widely viewed as some of the best produced in 2023. Most merchants and critics discussing the wines of the vintage will speak of these two, with credible arguments to support. La Conseillante is in fact a potential 100-point wine from a very prominent wine expert and critic. Two rather unexpectedly exciting releases to draw the curtain on, we suggest you get involved sooner rather than later to avoid any disappointment.

12.06.24: Another good release this morning with Château Montrose (£714/6), in that it falls within our recommended buy price range of £670-£740. This is a contender for the best left bank of the vintage, a potential 100-point wine with William Kelley who says it "it will be worth a special effort to seek out" and an effusive Neal Martin awarding 96-98 points saying “it is one of the vintage's finest contributions from the Left Bank”. We score it highly too at 18/20, and given the price is less than 2022, 2020, 2019, 2018 & 2016, it is one that we anticipate selling well, please order at your earliest convenience.

11.06.24: Today’s releases are a story of two halves, the side that has misjudged the pricing badly (Troplong Mondot and Haut Bailly), and the side that has pulled a bit of a rabbit out of the hat (Vieux Château Certan)!! VCC at £555/case of 3 bottles is one of the campaign’s no brainers. The quality is scintillating, it left its mark strongly with team C&B scoring it 18.5/20 and the pricing sweetens it all the more. The only vintages to be found in the market for less than the 2023 within the last 10 years are 2017 and 2014. A wine you must have from this vintage.
If you are keen, please get in touch as quickly as possible as the majority of the wine has been allocated to pre-orders, with a small quantity left over offered on a first come basis.

06.06.24: Margaux
has stolen the limelight today, releasing the very compelling and attractive price of £1,080/3 – making it the least expensive Margaux over the last 10 years except 2014 & 2017. Giving it a big 18.5/20 score as it was our joint favourite first growth, all sold out to pre-orders. Pavillon Rouge followed suit to the Grand Vin and Pavillon Blanc offers some higher than usual quality in 2023. Calon Segur is a fan favourite and with only a few vintages in the last 10 years for less than the release price of £468, we feel one to partake in with a case. Gruaud Larose at £358/6 is sadly one to avoid and rather obvious miss, a shame as we rated the wine!


05.06.24: The Chanel trio of Château Canon, Château Rauzan-Segla and Château Berliquet are the other wines to join the march today. None of them quite live up to the attraction of Carmes Haut-Brion earlier (which came out under our recommended buy price and is a stunning wine!), but they will offer the stoic fans and fence sitters one to ponder. Both Canon and Rauzan-Segla came out at the top end of our price bracket, meaning it has slipped into the middle of recent vintage prices back to 2014. We scored Rauzan-Segla higher, and at £360/6 is a gem of a wine versus other regions at this level, but Canon arguably offers a touch more value.

Previous Daily Commentary

Wine Type

Commune

Wine Name

GBP per Case

Case Size

C&B Score

Release Date

New

Pomerol

Château Le Pin 2023

£2,100.00

Case of 1

18

14/06/2024

100% Merlot. Sweetness and airiness at once, this offers a beguiling meeting of violet and raspberry aromas. The medium-full bodied palate is succulent and fine-boned, the fruit-coated tannins, whose perception is melded and soft on the mid-palate, exerting a squeeze on the finish. Chalky minerality and powdered cocoa linger. Cropped at 39hl/ha. Harvested between 11th and 23rd September. 65% new oak. 14% abv. 

C&B Score: 18+

Drinking dates: 2030-45

Case of 1 bottle: £2100 IB UK

New

St-Emilion

Château Figeac 2023

£894.00

Case of 6

17.5

13/06/2024

Owned by the Manoncourt family. 41% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Franc, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon. A dark, pure, refined nose of stony, rocky minerality. The palate is cool and focused, with stony minerality and fine, chalky, grippy tannins. The Cabernet character is dominant here, exerting a grip on the finish. Harvested between 6th September and 5th October. 13.5% abv. 100% new oak. 

C&B Score: 17.5+
Drinking dates: 2030-2047

Case of 6 bottles: £894 IB UK
Case of  3 magnums: £904 IB UK

New

Pomerol

Château La Conseillante 2023

£894.00

Case of 6

18

13/06/2024

88% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc. Bright, exuberant violet and raspberry aromas. The full-bodied palate displays fleshy bright raspberry, blackberry and violet hued fruit, framed by firm, grippy tannins. Cropped at 43hl/ha. Harvested between 7th September and 2nd October. 70% new oak. 14% abv.

C&B Score: 18
Drinking dates: 2030 - 2042

Currently sold out to pre-orders.
Case of 6 bottles: £894 IB UK
Case of  3 magnums: £904 IB UK

New

St-Estephe

La Dame de Montrose 2023

£288.00

Case of 12

17

12/06/2024

61% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc. An attractive nose of violets and red berry fruit with fine cassis aromas. The palate is substantial but fresh, with the dark berry fruit framed by fine, firm, fruit-coated tannins. There is a winning ease here. Harvested between the 5th and 28th September.    

C&B Score: 17

Drinking dates: 2030-42

Case of 12 bottles: £288 IB UK
Case of  6 magnums: £298 IB UK

New

St-Estephe

Château Montrose 2023

£714.00

Case of 6

18

12/06/2024

75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc. A discreet, darkly-fruited nose of reticent ripe cassis and fine cedary spices. The palate’s rich dark berry fruit is refreshed by bright raspberry notes and lifted by fresh acidity. The tannins are certainly present but are beautifully fruit-coated, channelling the palate to a fine point on the long, powerful finish. Harvested between 5th and 28th September.   

C&B Score: 18

Drinking dates: 2032-52

Case of 6 bottles: £714 IB UK
Case of  3 magnums: £724 IB UK

New

St-Emilion

Beau Séjour 2023

£321.00

Case of 3

18

12/06/2024

70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc. The name of the estate was changed to simply Château Beausejour in the 2021 vintage. Sweet dark berry and peony aromas, leading into a refined palate of svelte dark fruit, with bitter cherry flavours and a fresh line of acidity. Nimble, light on its feet. Cropped at 46hl/ha. Harvested between 13th September and 3rd October. 60% new oak. 14% abv. This 6.7ha vineyard comprises 19 plots, further divided into sub-plots. Average 50 year-old vines. 

C&B Score: 18
Drinking dates: 2029-40

Case of 3 bottles: £321 IB UK
Case of  1 magnum: £218 IB UK

New

Pomerol

Vieux Château Certan 2023

£555.00

Case of 3

18.5

11/06/2024

82% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc. Elegant, dark-berried aromas, with very pure, immediate raspberry perfume above. The palate is fine, airy and elegant, with beautifully refined tannins, coming to a clipped, driving finish. Two thirds of the production is in the grand vin. “We are back to traditional Bordeaux with 2023, finally”, in the words of Alexandre Thienpont. Cropped at 43hl/ha. Harvested between 18th and 29th September. 14% abv. This will get 18-22 months élevage.

C&B Score: 18.5

Drinking dates: 2030-46

Case of 3 bottles: £555 IB UK
Case of  1 magnum: £374 IB UK

New

Pessac-Leognan

Château Haut-Bailly 2023

£540.00

Case of 6

17.5

11/06/2024

58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot, 4% Cabernet Franc. Elegant raspberry, violet and bitter chocolate aromas. The palate is fine, supple, tender and gently, insistently firm and concentrated. 50% new oak. 

C&B Score: 17.5+
Drinking dates: 2029-2047

Case of 6 bottles: £540 IB UK
Case of  3 magnums: £550 IB UK

New

St-Emilion

Château Troplong Mondot 2023

£534.00

Case of 6

11/06/2024

Not tasted


Case of 6 bottles: £534 IB UK
Case of  3 magnums: £544 IB UK

New

St-Emilion

Château Larcis Ducasse 2023

£300.00

Case of 6

10/06/2024

No tasted.

New

Pessac-Leognan

Château Smith Haut Lafitte 2023

£540.00

Case of 6

18

10/06/2024

70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot. Blueberry and black fruit aromas, with chalky minerality. The palate is powerful, with wonderful salinity and compelling chalky, vibrant fruit. There is a real freshness to the long finish. 

C&B Score: 18

Drinking dates: 2030 - 42

Case of 6 bottles £540 UK IB
Case of 3 Magnums £604 UK IB

New

Pessac-Leognan

Château Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc 2023

£642.00

Case of 6

10/06/2024

Not tasted


Case of 6 bottles: £642 IB UK

New

St-Emilion

L'If 2023

£300.00

Case of 3

17.5

10/06/2024

Owned by the Thienpont family of Le Pin, L’If 2023 is 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. 2011 was the first vintage. The Merlot is on clay soils and the Cabernet on limestone. Aromas of ripe raspberry, almost raspberry coulis. The palate is very bright and extrovertedly, joyously fruited. This is all about the top-notch fruit, which is brilliantly bright. Harvested between 18th September and 2nd October. 50% new oak. 14.1% abv. 

C&B Score: 17.5+

Drinking dates: 2028-38

Case of 3 bottles: £300 UK IB

St-Julien

Château Gruaud-Larose 2023

£358.00

Case of 6

17.5 - 18

06/06/2024

83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc. Offering ripe dark berried fruit on the nose, the palate is dense, with a touch of smoked meat. The tannins are bountiful and slightly chalky, with a bitter cocoa note to on the finish. This will repay patience.

C&B Score: 17.5-18

Drinking dates: 2030-42

Case of 6 bottles: £358 IB UK
Case of  3 magnums: £368 IB UK

Margaux

Château Margaux 2023

£1,080.00

Case of 3

18.5

06/06/2024

89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot. Beautifully fragrant dark and red berries with violets and rose petals. The palate is both nimble and substantial, the blackberry fruit refreshed by orange zest and juicy acidity, all framed by wonderfully fine tannins. 41% of production is in the grand vin. Cropped at 41hl/ha. Harvested between 11th September and 5th October. 13.1% abv. 

C&B Score: 18.5

Drinking dates: 2032-52

Case of 3 bottles: £1080 IB UK
Case of  1 magnum: £725 IB UK

Margaux

Pavillon Rouge du Château Margaux 2023

£360.00

Case of 3

17.5 - 18

06/06/2024

79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc. The second wine of Ch Margaux displays elegant dark fruit aromas. The palate is seamless and intricate: pure blackberry, strawberry and cedary spices are framed by fine, chalky tannins. Juicy and poised. 30% of production is in Pavillon Rouge. Cropped at 41hl/ha. Harvested between 11th September and 5th October. 13.3% abv. 

 

C&B Score: 17.5-18

Drinking dates: 2030-42

Case of 3 bottles: £360 IB UK

Margaux

Pavillon Blanc du Château Margaux 2023

£720.00

Case of 3

17.5

06/06/2024

As always, the white wine of Ch Margaux is 100% Sauvignon Blanc. White peach and pastry aromas leading into a supple palate of citrus, lemon rind and green melon. The finish is salty and focused, aided by high acidity (the pH is 3.15). 13% abv.  

C&B Score: 17.5

Drinking dates: 2028-42+

Case of 3 bottles: £720 IB UK

St-Estephe

Château Calon-Ségur 2023

£468.00

Case of 6

18

06/06/2024

72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot. Ripe blackcurrant aromas meet fine cedar spices on the refined nose with violet, dried herbs and a little raspberry. The palate is compressed with impressively clenched power; rather magnificent tannins exert a firm grip on the dark fruit flavours. The average vine age here is 21 years. 100% new oak. 14% abv. 

C&B Score: 18

Drinking dates: 2030-45

Case of 6 bottles: £468 IB UK
Case of  3 magnums: £478 IB UK

St-Estephe

Château Capbern 2023

£200.00

Case of 12

17.5

06/06/2024

69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot. An elegant dark berry fruit nose of cassis and fresh mint aromas. The lushly dark-fruited palate is framed by powerful St-Estèphe tannins, which are rendered elegantly. This will spend 18 months in oak barrels, 60% new oak. 14.6% abv. 

C&B Score: 17.5

Drinking dates: 2028-40

Case of 12 bottles: £200 IB UK

St-Julien

Chateau Sarget 2023

£228.00

Case of 12

06/06/2024

Not tasted

Case of 12 bottles: £228 IB UK
Case of  6 magnums: £238 IB UK

Pessac-Leognan

Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2023

£228.00

Case of 3

18

05/06/2024

50% Cabernet Franc, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot. Dark, chocolatey blackberry aromas with violet, redcurrant, fresh mint and cedar. The full-bodied palate is supple and poised, vibrant and sleek. The sweet dark berry and cherry fruit has fabulous energy and drive. Les Carmes 2023 is a shapely wine whose impressive, powerful tannins are beautifully fruit-coated, the grip almost imperceptible. 25% whole-bunch fermentation. 70% of the production is ageing in new oak barrels, 20% in 18hl foudres and 10% in amphorae. 13.5% abv.

 

C&B Score: 18+

Drinking dates: 2029-42

Case of 3 bottles: £228 IB UK
Case of  1 magnum: £155 IB UK
Case of  1 double magnum: £344 IB UK

St-Emilion

Château Canon 2023

£537.00

Case of 6

17.5

05/06/2024

71% Merlot, 29% Cabernet Franc. Cool, poised red berry aromas, leading into a palate of svelte raspberry fruit with fine, fruit-coated tannins which exert a fine grip on the long finish. Cashmere-clad elegance. Cropped at 45hl/ha. Harvested between 20th September and 4th October. 50% new oak. 14% abv

C&B Score: 17.5

Drinking dates: 2030-46

Case of 6 bottles: £537 IB UK
Case of  3 magnums: £547 IB UK

Margaux

Château Rauzan-Ségla 2023

£360.00

Case of 6

17.5 - 18

05/06/2024

85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13.5% Merlot, 1.5% Petit Verdot. Charming rose petal and raspberry aromas with a rich red berry compote character behind. The palate is lush yet cool, the pure raspberry fruit lifted by elegant acidity with firm, fine, perfume-infused tannins. Very refined. 13.5% abv. 55% new oak. 30hl/ha. Harvested between 07th and 29th September. 

C&B Score: 17.5-18

Drinking dates: 2029-42

Case of 6 bottles: £360 IB UK
Case of  3 magnums: £370 IB UK

St-Emilion

Château Berliquet 2023

£216.00

Case of 6

16.5

05/06/2024

69% Merlot and 31% Cabernet Franc. Ripe red cherry aromas and crystallised raspberry, quite an intense nose. The palate is sweetly red fruited on the attack, with a fresh, pure focus and a good drinkability.

 

C&B Score: 16.5+

Drinking date: 2028-39

Case of 6 bottles: £216 IB UK

St-Emilion

Château Pavie-Macquin 2023

£288.00

Case of 6

05/06/2024

Not tasted

Case of 6 bottles: £288 IB UK

Margaux

Château Giscours 2023

£246.00

Case of 6

17

04/06/2024

71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc. Black cherry and blueberry aromas lead into a medium-bodied, fresh palate of dark berries and mineral tension. Lithe acidity complements the fine, fruit-coated tannins. Cropped at 31hl/ha. Harvested between 5th September and 6th October. 50% new oak. 13.5% abv. 

C&B Score 17
Drinking dates: 2030-42

Case of 6 bottles: £246 IB UK
Case of 3 magnums: £256 IB UK

St-Emilion

Château Saintayme 2023

£121.00

Case of 12

16.5

04/06/2024

100% Merlot. Brightly red-berried, with a lush, pure palate whose tannins are grippy and quite potent at this early stage. Harvested between 27th September and 4th October. 30% new oak. 14.6% abv. 

C&B Score: 16.5+

Drinking dates: 2028-38

Case of 12 bottles: £121 IB UK

Cotes de Castillon

Château Montlandrie 2023

£83.00

Case of 6

17

04/06/2024

75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Darker and more serious than the preceding Durantou wines, Montlandrie is a 2022 of intent, whose polished black cherry fruit is framed by firm, chalky tannins. 14.5% abv. 

C&B Score: 17+

Drinking dates: 2030-41+

Case of 6 bottles: £83 IB UK

Pomerol

La Petite Église 2023

£204.00

Case of 6

04/06/2024

Not tasted

Case of 6 bottles: £204 IB UK

Pauillac

Château Pichon Baron 2023

£617.00

Case of 6

18

04/06/2024

80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot. Pure blackberry fruit with a wild strawberry lift. The palate opens immediate and accessible, revealing a mid-palate of rich red and black berry fruit, which despite its considerable weight is very finely rendered. The tannins are a real standout, being deftly fruit-coated and ushering the fruit through to a long finish. Cropped at 37hl/ha. 70% new oak. 13.2% abv. 

C&B Score: 18

Drinking dates: 2032-47

Case of 6 bottles: £617 IB UK
Case of 3 magnums: £627 IB UK

Pomerol

Château l'Eglise-Clinet 2023

£627.00

Case of 3

04/06/2024

Not tasted

Case of 3 bottles: £627 IB UK

Pauillac

Les Griffons de Pichon Baron 2023

£173.00

Case of 6

17 - 17.5

04/06/2024

57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot. Darkly perfumed berry fruit, with violet and cedar aromas. The medium-bodied palate is refined, putting on weight on the mid-palate, which is juicy and elegant. Impressive. 50% new oak. 13.2% abv.

C&B Score: 17-17.5

Drinking dates: 2029-41

Case of 6 bottles: £173 IB UK

St-Emilion

Château Pavie 2023

£1,392.00

Case of 6

04/06/2024

Not tasted 

Case of 6 bottles: £1392 IB UK

Pomerol

Château La Chenade 2023

£75.00

Case of 6

04/06/2024

Not tasted


Case of 6 bottles: £75 IB UK

Pomerol

Château les Cruzelles 2023

£97.00

Case of 6

04/06/2024

Not tasted

Case of 6 bottles: £97 IB UK

Margaux

Château Palmer 2023

£1,440.00

Case of 6

18

03/06/2024

50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 46% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot. Inky dark cherry and berry aromas with fabulous purity. Bitter chocolate and rocky minerality. The full-bodied palate is beautifully pure, the deep cassis refreshed by a high line of acidity framed by a lot of fine, grippy tannin. This represents two-thirds of the estate’s production. Cropped at 32hl/ha. 50% new oak. 14% abv.  

 

C&B Score: 18

Drinking dates: 2034-49

Case of 6 bottles: £1,440 IB UK
Case of 3 magnums: £1,450 IB UK

Margaux

Alter Ego de Palmer 2023

£355.00

Case of 6

17.5

03/06/2024

53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot. Cassis and bitter cherry aromas, dark fruited despite the high level of Merlot. The tannins are firm and fleshily fruit-coated. Alter Ego represents one-third of the production in 2023. 30% new oak. 14% abv.  

C&B Score: 17.5

Drinking dates: 2030-41

Case of 6 bottles: £355 IB UK

St-Julien

Château Branaire-Ducru 2023

£193.00

Case of 6

17.5

03/06/2024

61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5.5% Cabernet Franc and 3.5% Petit Verdot. Dark cedary aromas leading into a carapaced palate of elegant cassis and blackberry. This is timid and compressed at present but has impressive length and the tannins are fine. Promises well. Cropped at 53hl/ha. 13.1% abv. 

C&B Score: 17.5+

Drinking dates: 2030-40

Case of 6 bottles: £193 IB UK
Case of 3 magnums: £203 IB UK

St-Estephe

Château Phélan Ségur 2023

£186.00

Case of 6

17.5

03/06/2024

60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot. Dark, shiny berry fruit aromas with a raspberry-fruited lift and pretty rose petals. The palate is cool and poised, the refined stony-mineral and blackberry flavours framed by fine tannins. Very elegant, with a newfound purity and immediacy. There is great innovation in place at Phélan Ségur, thanks to longstanding winemaker Fabrice Bacquey. Cropped at 52hl/ha. Harvested between 18th September and 11th October. 55% new oak. 13.5% abv. 

C&B Score: 17.5+

Drinking dates: 2028-42

Case of 6 bottles: £186 IB UK
Case of 3 magnums: £196 IB UK

Pomerol

Château Rouget 2023

£198.00

Case of 6

17.5 - 18

03/06/2024

85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc. A very attractive nose of bright raspberry and cranberry. The palate is fleshy and buoyant, a degree of whole-bunch fermentation making for an ample, aerien style. Rouget is something of an outlier stylistically but I love this daring approach which shows this special Pomerol terroir to great effect. Cropped at 30hl/ha. 14% abv. 30% new oak

C&B Score: 17.5-18

Drinking dates: 2029-42

Case of 6 bottles: £198 IB UK
Case of 3 magnums: £208 IB UK

Pauillac

La Réserve de la Comtesse 2023

£201.00

Case of 6

17

03/06/2024

60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Franc. The second wine of Pichon-Lalande, which was renamed from the 2017 vintage. Cassis and fresh mint, with fleshy layered dark berry fruit on the mid-palate.  


C&B Score: 17+

Drinking dates: 2029-2042

Case of 6 bottles: £201 IB UK
Case of 3 magnums: £211 IB UK

Pauillac

Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 2023

£660.00

Case of 6

17.5

03/06/2024

80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc. Aromatic dark berry fruit, with liquorice and dark rocky minerality. The palate is assertive, with a high level of textured grippy tannins and dark fruits. A characterful Pichon-Lalande which will benefit from patience to allow the tannins to resolve. Cropped at 41hl/ha. 60% new oak. 13% abv. 

C&B Score: 17-18

Drinking dates: 2030-47

Case of 6 bottles: £660 IB UK
Case of 3 magnums: £670 IB UK

St-Estephe

Château de Pez 2023

£282.00

Case of 6

17

03/06/2024

61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc. Bright dark berry fruit with sweet spices, framed by firm grippy tannins. Good St-Estephe character. 53hl/ha. 50% new oak. 13.5% abv. 

C&B Score: 17

Drinking dates: 2029-41

Case of 6 bottles: £282 IB UK
Case of 3 magnums: £292 IB UK

St-Emilion

Château Bélair-Monange 2023

£590.00

Case of 6

18

31/05/2024

We tasted the 2023 Bélair-Monange at the top of the gleaming new winery by Herzog and de Meuron, with views stretching to the horizon. This great property (‘CBM’ to its friends) has seen some 15 years of steady investment which has returned it to the very top tier in Saint-Émilion. Insinuatingly fine blackberry and peony aromas, with cedary spices and a sweet-fruited richness. The palate is nervy and crunchily detailed, limestone tension to the fore. Crystalline fruit purity allows the chalky minerality to shine, supported by firm, fruitcoated tannins.

C&B Score: 18 +

Drinking dates: 2030-2050

£590/CASE OF 6 BOTTLES, IN BOND UK
£600/CASE OF 3 MAGNUMS, IN BOND UK


St-Emilion

Clos Saint-Martin 2023

£495.00

Case of 12

17.5

31/05/2024

This jewel of a property is the smallest Grand Cru Classé in Saint-Émilion, at just 1.3 hectares. It is owned by our good friend Sophie Fourcade and is beautifully sited between Saint-Émilion first growths Beauséjour and Beau-Séjour Bécot. Intense, bright raspberry, red cherry and redcurrant aromas. The full-bodied palate is startlingly bright, the intense raspberry fruit enriched by dark berries and bitter chocolate. There is a nice crunch to the mid-palate, aided by fine, ferrous, fruit-coated tannins and fresh acidity. Very elegant. Aged half in amphora, half in barrel. 

Corney & Barrow Score 17.5+
Recommended drinking from 2030 - 2042

£495/CASE OF 6 BOTTLES, IN BOND UK
£505/CASE OF 3 MAGNUMS, IN BOND UK

Pomerol

Château Lagrange 2023

£270.00

Case of 12

17

31/05/2024

100% Merlot and perfectly married to its heavy clay soils, this nine-hectare vineyard was acquired by the Moueix 
family in 1953. It has long been a C&B favourite. The 2023 is a wine of pure raspberry and rose aromas, with a bluehued aromatic prettiness to the medium-bodied palate, which is framed by assertive tannins and lifted by a fresh line of acidity. Picked 7th to 19th September. This will age for 16-18 months in French oak barrels (30% new).

Corney & Barrow Score 17
Recommended drinking from 2027 – 2033+

£270/CASE OF 12 BOTTLES, IN BOND UK
£280/CASE OF 6 MAGNUMS, IN BOND UK

Pomerol

Château Plince 2023

£240.00

Case of 12

17

31/05/2024

An old favourite of ours and rather grandly sited between Châteaux Nenin and La Pointe, Château Plince is an 8.66 hectare vineyard. A lush red-berried, cedary nose, with herby spices and coffee beans. The palate is very pure, with an admirable poise between fruit and oak, then a nice crunch to the finish. Picked 13th to 20th September. This will age for 12-18 months in French oak barrels (a third new, a third one year old and a third two years old). 

C&B Score 17
Drinking dates: 2027 - 2033

£240/CASE OF 12 BOTTLES, IN BOND UK
£120/CASE OF 6 BOTTLES, IN BOND UK
£250/CASE OF 6 MAGNUMS, IN BOND UK

Pomerol

Château La Grave 2023

£440.00

Case of 12

17.5

31/05/2024

With perhaps the finest light gravel soil in Pomerol, this historic vineyard was acquired by Christian Moueix in 1971. Intriguingly, that same gravelly thread passes through Cheval Blanc and Figeac. A rather lovely nose of violets, coffee beans and elegant cedary spices – in my notes, I jotted “step up here”, referring to the tangible increase in quality at this point in the tasting. The palate is racy and refined, with violet and rose petal top-notes, over a classy core of raspberry fruit, framed by fine, fruitcoated tannins. Fresh and accomplished, very good.  


C&B Score: 17.5
Drinking dates: 2028-2038

 

£440/CASE OF 12 BOTTLES, IN BOND UK
£220/CASE OF 6 BOTTLES, IN BOND UK
£450/CASE OF 6 MAGNUMS, IN BOND UK
£225/CASE OF 3 MAGNUMS, IN BOND UK
£195/CASE OF 1 DOUBLE MAGNUM, IN BOND UK

Pomerol

Château Certan de May 2023

£430.00

Case of 6

17

31/05/2024

Certan de May, which neighbours Vieux Château Certan, was gifted by the Kings of France to the Scottish de May family in the 16th century. A relatively high percentage of Cabernet (25% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon) confers a darker-fruited quality, elegantly interpreted by consultant oenologist, the legendary Jean-Claude Berrouet. Aromas of silky, cedary fruit and dried herbs lead into a darkly-berried palate of bitter cherry, blood orange and liquorice, lifted by zesty acidity and framed 
by sinewy tannins.

Corney & Barrow Score 17
Drinking dates: 2030–2042

£430/CASE OF 6 BOTTLES, IN BOND UK
£440/CASE OF 3 MAGNUMS, IN BOND UK

Pomerol

Château Hosanna 2023

£560.00

Case of 6

18

31/05/2024

The wine whose name says it all. Hosanna, just 4.5 hectares in size, is most perfectly located. Petrus to the east, La Fleur-Pétrus to the west, Vieux Château Certan to the south and Lafleur to the north… that’s prime Pomerol real estate. A wonderfully extrovert nose – that quintessential pure dark berry richness and soaring violet perfume, with bitter chocolate. How can you notlove this? The palate is pure and racy, with a crunch to the fruit lending definition, supported by fine, plushly fruit-coated tannins. Lifted and exciting, with lingering salty minerality.

C&B Score: 18+

Drinking from 2032 –2050

£560/CASE OF 6 BOTTLES, IN BOND UK
£570/CASE OF 3 MAGNUMS, IN BOND UK
£420/CASE OF 1 DOUBLE MAGNUM, IN BOND UK

Pomerol

Château La Fleur-Pétrus 2023

£750.00

Case of 6

18.5

31/05/2024

This was the first of the great Pomerol properties to be bought by Jean-Pierre Moueix in 1950 and through its beautiful deep-bedded gravel and clay soils, this predominantly Merlot estate combines a density and silkiness that is touched by a tiny and unique twist of Petit Verdot (2% of this blend in 2020). Opaque ruby colour. The nose is beautifully perfumed, with spice, leather, plummy red fruit and a touch of mint. The palate is both densely structured and eerily fresh, flawlessly extracted, with supple, succulent flavours, sweet, medium concentration and beautiful length. This also shades the 2019.

C&B Score 18.5
Drinking dates: 2030-2050

£750/CASE OF 6 BOTTLES, IN BOND UK
£760/CASE OF 3 MAGNUMS, IN BOND UK
£545 / CASE OF 1 DOUBLE MAGNUM

Pomerol

Château Bourgneuf 2023

£450.00

Case of 12

18

31/05/2024

Neighbouring Trotanoy and with some of that fabled property’s dense clay soils, there is always a brooding density to this wine in youth. Violets and darkly-fruited, cedary aromas – a weighty, almost ponderous nose of real substance, with fresh mint lift, which stays on the right side of indulgence. The ferrous, nervy palate has great energy, the firm tannins framing the shiny dark fruit without over-imposing. It may be facile to say that there are hints of Trotanoy here, but the vines come right up to the Trotanoy buildings, so I’ll say it anyway.

 

Corney & Barrow Score 18
Recommended drinking from 2030 - 2040

£450/CASE OF 12 BOTTLES, IN BOND UK
£225/CASE OF 6 BOTTLES, IN BOND UK
£460/CASE OF 6 MAGNUMS, IN BOND UK
£235/CASE OF 3 MAGNUMS, IN BOND UK

Pomerol

Château Latour à Pomerol 2023

£390.00

Case of 12

18

31/05/2024

This fabled property was acquired by Madame Loubat in 1917 – she was famously the owner of Petrus and that thread of family connection between Moueix and Loubat continued through to 1962, when the Moueix family began farming the property. It remains, surprisingly, under the radar. Once again, it is 100% Merlot and made from two tiny plots (a third clay/loam, two-thirds deep gravel/clay). A nose of rich raspberry fruit with serene poise. The palate is crunchy and precise, the pure red berry fruit framed by particularly elegant, fruit-coated tannins. Lots of tightly wound potential here. Very classy, 
not at all showy – very Moueix.


Corney & Barrow Score 18
Recommended drinking from 2032 - 2045

£390/CASE OF 6 BOTTLES, IN BOND UK
£400/CASE OF 3 MAGNUMS, IN BOND UK
£305/CASE OF 1 DOUBLE MAGNUM, IN BOND UK

Pomerol

Château Lafleur-Gazin 2023

£310.00

Case of 12

17

31/05/2024

This curious name comes from the château’s location, on the northern edge of the plateau of Pomerol, between Châteaux Gazin and La Fleur-Pétrus. Lafleur-Gazin has been produced by Ets. Jean-Pierre Moueix since 1976. Aromas of orange rind and exotic spices. The palate offers toasty raspberry fruit – an intense attack – followed by a cedary raspberry-fruited mid-palate of medium body and upbeat momentum. Coffee bean and violets on the finish. Delicious, in an unadormed way. This will spend 
16-18 months in French oak barrels (30-40% new). 


Corney & Barrow Score 17
Recommended drinking from 2027 - 2033+

£310/CASE OF 12 BOTTLES, IN BOND UK

St-Emilion

Tertre Roteboeuf 2023

£770.00

Case of 6

18

31/05/2024

80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. Spicy and exotic aromas of deep, dark berry fruit and violets, with tobacco leaf and dried herbs. The palate is sweetly fruited and supple, voluptuous even. This is a rich, deep, extrovert Tertre Roteboeuf, which revels in that hallmark Mitjavile degraded blackberry and blueberry fruit. Coffee beans and bitter chocolate linger on the finish. This was picked a little later than sister property Roc de Cambes, at the beginning of October. 


Corney & Barrow Score 18+ 
Recommended drinking from 2030 - 2045

£770/case of 6 bottles, in Bond UK
£780/case of 3 magnums, in Bond UK
£560/case of 1 double magnum, in Bond UK

Cotes de Castillon

L'Aurage Castillon-Côtes de Bordeaux 2023

£325.00

Case of 12

17.5

31/05/2024

L’Aurage 2023 is 97% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc, mirroring the vineyard plantings. Spicy dark-fruited aromas with violets, coffee beans, white chocolate and a cedary, raisiny richness lead into a palate of plum, purple fruits and lush blackcurrant. The pliant mid-palate skips through to a fresh finish. The young vines were picked from 28th September, followed by a pause of a few days, before the older vines came in over a four-day period. 


Corney & Barrow Score 17.5+
Recommended drinking from 2026 - 2033

£325/case of 12 bottles, in Bond UK
£345/case of 6 bottles, in Bond UK
£140/case of 1 double magnum, in Bond UK

Bourg

Roc de Cambes 2023

£260.00

Case of 6

17 - 18

31/05/2024

80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. Dark-berried aromas of plum and bitter cherry, with liquorice, blue flowers and exotic spices. The palate is lush and fresh, the sweet, decadent blackberry fruit framed by supple tannins, with a sustained freshness to the long finish. Picked over a few days at the end of September. 


Corney & Barrow Score 17.5 - 18
Recommended drinking from 2028 - 2040

£260/case of 6 bottles, in Bond UK
£270/case of 3 magnums, in Bond UK
£225/case of 1 double magnum, in Bond UK

St-Emilion

Château Peymouton 2023

£144.00

Case of 12

17

31/05/2024

We originally offered this in the 2021 vintage as a substitute for Barrail du Blanc and it was so good again in 2022 that we just had to buy it. Well, there is no Barrail du Blanc in 2023 either so we are rather glad it’s still here. Part of the Château Laroque estate and immediate neighbour to Peter Sisseck’s brilliant Château Rocheyron, Peymouton sits on clay-limestone soils. In 2023, it offers dark berry fruit with a fresh mint lift, framed by clipped, refined tannins. The finish is nicely tapered and gently 
herbaceous.

Corney & Barrow Score 17+

Recommended drinking from 2027 - 2032

£144/CASE OF 12 BOTTLES, IN BOND UK

£72/CASE OF 6 BOTTLES, IN BOND UK

£154/CASE OF 6 MAGNUMS, IN BOND UK

£82/CASE OF 1 DOUBLE MAGNUM, IN BOND UK

Bourg

Domaine de Cambes, Bordeaux AOC 2023

£185.00

Case of 6

17 - 17.5

31/05/2024

80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Malbec. Domaine de Cambes 2023 is brightly, joyfully red-berried, with plum, raisin, and sweet spice aromas. The palate offers supple and melded raspberry fruit, the tannins displaying no rough edges whatsoever. A fabulous earlier drinker made in the image of Roc de Cambes. 


Corney & Barrow Score 17 - 17.5 
Recommended drinking from 2026 - 2036

£185/case of 6 bottles, in Bond UK
£195/case of 3 magnums, in Bond UK

 

St-Emilion

Château Laroque 2023

£120.00

Case of 6

16.5

24/05/2024

99% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc. Aromas of dried herbs, leading into a palate of lifted raspberry fruit on which assertive, drying tannins predominate at present.

C&B Score: 16.5

Drinking dates: 2030-40

Case of 6 bottles: £120 IB UK
Case of 3 magnums: £130 IB UK

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