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2016 Futures: Weekly Recap

This week was filled with more exciting futures releases! Several highly anticipated wines from Domaine Clarence Dillon became available on Tuesday including Haut-Brion and La Mission Haut-Brion. Both are acclaimed by critics and are favorites among our team. On Friday, the famed Cheval Blanc released its futures along with Pavie-Macquin, another top St. Emilion estate. These stunning right bank wines are not to be missed. Other highlights from this week include Grand-Puy-Lacoste, which recieved 96-97 points from James Suckling, and Malescot St-Exupéry, an excellent value at just $58.

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2016 Red Bordeaux Futures Released this Week
Wine
Rating
Case Price
Château Cheval Blanc (6 bottle case)
97-99 WA
$3,990
BUY
"...very pure, correct and quite penetrating bouquet with black cherries, blackcurrant, graphite and a touch of wild mint. It is bashful at first but opens with confidence with aeration (incidentally, I allowed my sample 40 minutes to open). The palate is medium-bodied with filigree tannin and a killer line of acidity that imparts so much freshness from the starting gun..." (97-99 points) Neal Martin, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate #230, April 2017
Château Giscours
96-97 JS
$756
BUY
"This is extremely long and linear with a powerful and refined texture of superfine tannins. Full-bodied, yet so tight and polished. The finish is very, very impressive. Snaps at the end. Better than the 2015?" (96-97 points) JamesSuckling.com, April 4, 2017
Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste
95-97 WA
$996
BUY
"...extraordinarily pure bouquet with blackberry, briary, touches of pencil shaving and cedar aromas--quintessential Grand-Puy-Lacoste, basically...The tannins are nowadays much finer and the acidity lends this tension and plenty of freshness. There is an effortless quality to this Pauillac with wonderful length and such finesse on the finish that you immediately want to go back and re-taste it..." (95-97 points) Neal Martin, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate #230, April 2017
Château Gruaud Larose
95-96 JS
$876
BUY
"Full-bodied, layered and juicy young wine. Very tannic yet ripe and intense. Powerful finish. This will be excellent. Better than the 2015." (95-96 points) JamesSuckling.com, April 4, 2017
Château Haut-Brion (6 bottle case)
100 JS
$3,270
BUY
"This is a monument for Haut-Brion and reminds me of the great 1998 but in a modern and bright style. Full-bodied, very tannic and superbly structured yet always agile and vivid. Its energy and dynamic nature grabs you by the shoulder and tells you it’s great. Staggeringly precise. It can’t get better than this, can it?" (100-100 points) JamesSuckling.com, April 4, 2017
Château Lagrange (St. Julien)
94-96 WA
$600
BUY
"...a very well defined bouquet with intense black cherry, red plum, touches of cedar and with continued aeration, a hint of blueberry. It certainly is one of the most expressive Lagrange that I have tasted (and I write that having tasted them all back to the early 1980s). The palate is extremely well balanced with tensile tannin, vibrant and animated with blackberry, crème de cassis, a hint of orange zest. This is a great Lagrange, one that almost 'zings' around the senses, barely able to contain the energy. A superior Lagrange to the 2015, this may well rank as the finest produced." (94-96 points) Neal Martin, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate #230, April 2017
Château Larcis Ducasse
94-97 AG
$876
BUY
"The 2016 Larcis Ducasse is a drop-dead gorgeous beauty. Silky, supple and gracious to the core, it possesses exceptional textural finesse and nuance from start to finish. Nothing is out place; instead, in 2016 Larcis impresses with its poise, depth and centeredness. Super-ripe dark cherry, plum, chocolate, spice and lavender infuse the creamy, resonant finish, and all the richness of this south-facing site comes through loud and clear. Quite simply, the 2016 is an exceptional Larcis. Don't miss it! Tasted four times." (94-97 points) Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com, April 2017
Château Malartic-Lagravière
94-96 WA
$696
BUY
"...a very composed and pure bouquet with blackberry, mint and just a touch of blueberry, the new oak neatly integrated and menthol developing with time. The palate is very well balanced with crisp acidity, fine structure and a keen line of acidity; this is a pixelated Pessac-Léognan that exudes style and panache..." (94-96 points) Neal Martin, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate #230, April 2017
Château Malescot St-Exupéry
98-99 JS
$696
BUY
"This is a superb wine. I didn’t think it could be better than the 2015 but indeed it is. Full, layered and sexy. It goes on for minutes with dense fruit, yet it’s also vivid and showcases sublime tannins and acidity balance. Great finish." (98-99 points) JamesSuckling.com, April 4, 2017
Château La Mission Haut-Brion (6 bottle case)
98-100 WA
$2,628
BUY
"...clean and precise, quite understated bouquet with fine mineralité, cold stone aromas infusing the black fruit. This has incredible precision, perhaps even more pixelated than the "gaff over the road" Haut-Brion. The palate is medium-bodied with supple and lithe tannin. I appreciate the line of acidity here, the smoothness and harmony that takes your breath away. Every atom is infused with life-affirming freshness. It is a wine bridled with incredible focus and delineation..." (98-100 points) Neal Martin, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate #230, April 2017
Château Pavie-Macquin
96-99 AG
$960
BUY
"A wine of total finesse, the 2016 Pavie Macquin is also one of the most riveting wines of the vintage. Silky and supple on the palate, with no hard edges and exceptional balance, it takes over all the senses and never lets up. The flavors are bright, precise and beautifully nuanced. Above all else, Pavie Macquin is a wine of elegance, and that is exactly what comes through in the 2016. The wine plays in the dimensions of bright, floral-infused, red-toned fruits, silky tannins and length more than pure power or breadth. The 2016 is a stunningly beautiful bottle of wine and one of the finest reds of the year - it's as simple as that..." (96-99 points) Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com, April 2017
Château Rauzan-Ségla
95-97 WA
$996
BUY
"...very powerful and intense bouquet with layers of blackberry, kirsch, cedar and a touch of mint. The palate is medium-bodied with plenty of fruit concentration: layers of ripe blackberry and boysenberry, segueing into what feels like a very spicy and peppery second half that seems to calm down and attain more nuance with aeration in the glass..." (95-97 points) Neal Martin, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate #230, April 2017
La Chapelle de La Mission Haut-Brion [2nd wine of Ch. La Mission Haut-Brion] (6 bottle case)
92-93 JS
$540
BUY
"Minerals and blueberries with plenty of blackcurrant character. Medium body and silky tannins. Pretty second wine of La Mission." (92-93 points) JamesSuckling.com, April 4, 2017
Le Clarence de Haut-Brion [2nd wine of Ch. Haut-Brion] (6 bottle case)
94-95 JS
$816
BUY
"This is powerful and intense with lots of minerals, crushed stones and dark fruit. Dense and linear. Minerally and very energetic." (94-95 points) JamesSuckling.com, April 4, 2017
Domaine de Chevalier Rouge
96-97 JS
$888
BUY
"A dense and tight DC with mineral, crushed stone, and cement and black currant. Full, tight and racy. Gorgeous. Leafs and tobacco undertones. Very tannic. Tight So structured. Complex." (96-97 points) JamesSuckling.com, April 4, 2017
Marquis de Calon [2nd wine of Ch. Calon-Ségur]
92-93 JS
$348
BUY
"Dark berry, tar and stone character. Medium to full body, firm and silky tannins and a flavorful finish. Balance and intensity. Very pretty density. Pretty fruit. Second wine of Calon." (92-93 points) JamesSuckling.com, April 4, 2017
Le Petit Mouton de Mouton Rothschild [2nd wine of Ch. Mouton Rothschild] (6 bottle case)
95-96 JS
$1,056
BUY
"This is a very powerful Petit Mouton with so much rich fruit and power. Full-bodied, tannic yet polished and long. Muscular for the second wine of Mouton." (95-96 points) JamesSuckling.com, April 4, 2017
Réserve de la Comtesse [2nd wine of Ch. Pichon-Longueville, Lalande]
93-94 JS
$528
BUY
"A dense and powerful second wine from PL with layers of fruit and ripe, silky tannins. Shows tension and verve as well as polish. Excellent." (93-94 points) JamesSuckling.com, April 4, 2017
2016 White Bordeaux Futures Released this Week
Château Haut-Brion Blanc (6 bottle case)
96-97 JS
$4,668
BUY
"Layered with a round and rich texture and body. Full and flavorful. Lots of dried-apple and pineapple character. Very long finish. Exotic and ripe. We will see which is better." (96-97 points) JamesSuckling.com, April 4, 2017
Château Malartic-Lagravière Blanc
93-94 JS
$696
BUY
"A dense and layered white with lots of cooked-pear and apple character. Full and intense. Lots going on here. Wait and see." (93-94 points) JamesSuckling.com, April 4, 2017
Château La Mission Haut Brion Blanc (6 bottle case)
98-99 JS
$3,738
BUY
"This is dense like a Montrachet yet so minerally with crushed-stone undertones. Full-bodied, layered and powerful. A great glass of white wine. First time they used a majority of sauvignon blanc." (98-99 points) JamesSuckling.com, April 4, 2017
Aile d'Argent [White wine of Ch. Mouton Rothschild] (6 bottle case)
93-94 JS
$432
BUY
"A fresh and fruity white with sliced-pear and apple character. Undertones of pineapple. Full-bodied, savory and round-textured wine. Delicious." (93-94 points) JamesSuckling.com, April 4, 2017
La Clarté de Haut-Brion [2nd white wine of Haut-Brion and La Mission Haut-Brion] (6 bottle case)
93-94 JS
$492
BUY
"Very salty and fruity with lots of dried pineapple and lemon rind. Medium-to full-bodied, dense and long. White pepper, too." (93-94 points) JamesSuckling.com, April 4, 2017
Domaine de Chevalier Blanc
96-97 JS
$1,140
BUY
"A white with sliced apple, pear and lemon character. Medium to full body, layered and so long. Tight and exciting. So salty and minerally. Structured. Phenolic intensity and all wound up. What a white!" (96-97 points) JamesSuckling.com, April 4, 2017
WA: Robert Parker's Wine Advocate • AG: Vinous.com • JS: James Suckling • JR: Jancis Robinson