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Château d'Yquem 2018 and 2019

2018 was a tumultuous vintage at Château Yquem. Tropical conditions early in the growing season were followed by a huge hailstorm on the 15th July, an event that caused considerable damage to the ...

New release – Ex-Château Latour 2009

Robert Parker is in no doubt that this “thundering concoction” will outlive us all. It is true, this gargantuan Latour is one of the most profound wines we have ever tasted, a monumental embodiment ...

Montlandrie with Maranello flair

Denis Durantou of Chateau L’Eglise Clinet fame was one of the first big names to see the potential in Castillon. He purchased this 11 hectare site high up on the limestone and clay plateau above the ...

The Beech Boys

Following in the footsteps of Le Pin and L’If, Jacques Thienpont’s latest project in Castillon has been named L’Hêtre (the Beech). Jacques was struck by the great potential of this estate, perched at ...

2019 Bordeaux Round Up

2019 is a remarkable vintage, released under extraordinary conditions. For years we’ve been told that sending cask samples was impossible, but when needs must it turns out barrel samples travel ...

La Fleur Petrus, Hosanna, Belair Monange and more

Jean-Pierre Moueix is almost singlehandedly responsible for putting Pomerol on the map. It’s hard to believe that this now revered commune was virtually unknown before he started buying up vineyards ...

Bordeaux 2019: Château Tertre-Rôteboeuf, Château Roc de Cambes and Domaine de Cambes

Our first glimpse of the 2019 vintage was back in January with our dear friend, François Mitjavile. He had already explained that his 2019s were even more enigmatic than normal. Whilst the technical ...

Bordeaux 2019: Vieux Château Certan, Château Canon and Château Rauzan Segla

You may well ask, how can you endorse three wines you’ve never tasted? This isn’t the J&B way, however, in the cases of VCC, Canon and Rauzan Segla, we don’t just have reasons to be confident, we ...

Bordeaux 2019: Leoville Las Cases, Haut Bailly, Pavie Macquin and Larcis Ducasse

Last Friday was a busy day on the Place with plenty of big-name releases. None larger than Leoville Las Cases (£873/6). Jean-Hubert Delon’s imperious ‘Super Second’ occupies a phenomenal terroir ...

Bordeaux 2019: Château Pichon Comtesse, Château Smith Haut Lafitte and Château Troplong Mondot

When we tasted vat samples with Nicolas Glumineau back in January, we knew the 2019 Pichon Comtesse was going to be a bit special. It’s fair to say that the final blend is even greater than the sum ...

Bordeaux 2019: Château Ducru Beaucaillou

Bruno Borie has every reason to be delighted with his 2019s. The whole range is superb, but plaudits must go to his flagship Ducru Beaucaillou. There have been times when we’ve felt the grand vin has ...

Bordeaux 2019: Château Brane Cantenac

Henri Lurton’s home chateau, Brane Cantenac is on tremendous form. We think it’s one of the most underrated wines from the Medoc, regularly rubbing shoulders with the likes of Rauzan Segla and Palmer ...

Bordeaux 2019: Château Pichon Longueville

If there's one Château we consistently under-rate, it's Pichon Longueville. We regularly have to eat our words as in bottle tastings outperform our initial assessments. This year is probably going to ...

Bordeaux 2019: Château Léoville Barton

We have long been champions of the Barton wines. A more quintessentially British claret is hard to find in all of Bordeaux. But where this may have equated to a structured firmness in years gone by, ...

Bordeaux 2019: Château Montrose and Château Grand Puy Lacoste

Today we have two wines which on the face of it couldn’t be much more different. But oh how we love them both! Xavier Borie is the epitome of the Bordelais gentleman. He’s a member of the ...

Bordeaux 2019: Château Talbot

Chateau Talbot has always had a reputation for producing good, honest St Julien. Since the arrival of our friend, Jean-Michel Laporte (formally of La Conseillante), there appears to be more polish ...

Bordeaux 2019: Château Haut Brion and Château La Mission Haut Brion

NB: Haut Brion and Mission Haut Brion are only available tied 1:1 with other wines. Please see details below. Details of the tie further down. The Haut Brion stable is a rich pool of excellence ...

Bordeaux 2019: Château Lynch-Bages

We’re not sure whether Jean-Charles is referring to the 1963 song by Bobby Vinton or the film written and directed by the aptly named David Lynch (no relation). In either case, it’s a rather ...

Bordeaux 2019: The Peloton

The pace is relentless. If we continue at this speed, we’ll reach the finishing line well before the end of June. After a morning dominated by Lynch Bages, we have had another cluster of releases. ...

Bordeaux 2019: Mouton Magic

We are delighted to release the wines from Baron Philippe de Rothschild. Exactly a week ago, we were tasting samples in the serene and rather surreal surroundings of Waddesdon Manor. It was a stately ...

Bordeaux 2019: Brilliant Beychevelle

Alas, we have not been able to taste the 2019 Château Beychevelle, but given recent form, it’s almost a cert that we’d like it. Romain Ducolomb and Philippe Blanc have developed into quite a ...

Bordeaux 2019: Château Cheval Blanc

Cheval Blanc has released its 2019 with a staggering 30% price decrease. At £2250/6, this is the most attractively priced new Cheval Blanc on the market in many years. Pierre-Olivier Clouet ...

Bordeaux 2019: Château Lafite Rothschild, Duhart Milon and L’Evangile

If we thought the stars had aligned for the new team at Lafite with their exceptional 2018, this year it feels like they’ve crafted something from the very cosmos itself. We’re going out on a limb ...

Bordeaux 2019: The Guinaudeau wines: Lafleur, Pensées, Les Perrieres, Champs Libres and Grand Villages

We are delighted to announce the release of the entire 2019 portfolio from the Guinaudeau family. In this year’s vintage report, Jacques Guinaudeau remarked: “Just a few years ago, we would have ...

Bordeaux 2019: Château Batailley and Domaine de Chevalier

The Castéja family’s Château Batailley has always been a byword for good, honest, well-priced claret. Since the 2015 vintage, the team here has upped the ante with the introduction of a second wine, ...

Bordeaux 2019: “A vinous masterpiece in the making”

Dominique Arangoïts and his team have found a winning formula at Cos d’Estournel. Since 2016, the new expression of Cos has been dialled down, focussing on precision and purity. Critics, merchants ...

Bordeaux 2019: Château Palmer

Following the runaway success of Pontet Canet last week, the other major exponent of biodynamic farming in the Medoc, Chateau Palmer, has decided to join the early running. And like their ...

Château Pontet Canet, 5ème Cru Classé, Pauillac, 2019

The first major release of the 2019 en primeur campaign took everyone by surprise this morning. Popular 5th Growth Pauillac, Pontet Canet, released at £366 per six bottles in bond. We haven’t ...

Two firsts: Chateau Latour 2012, Les Forts de Latour 2014

At the very height of its prowess, Chateau Latour took the bold decision to leave the en primeur system. Ever since, we’ve debated whether this was a courageous new dawn or foolhardy arrogance. It’s ...

Hitting the sweet spot

The Lacoste Borie 2015 was something of a revelation to the J&B team. Prior to the 2015, we hadn’t really been very enthusiastic about Bruno Borie’s property in the western corner of St Julien. But, ...

Pauillacasha!

Lying on the west-side of the D2, Pichon Longueville is one of the most iconic and best performing châteaux in the Medoc. We admit that we favour the other Pichon when tasting en primeur, but after ...

A class Acte – Live at 5pm BST, Tuesday 5th May.

***If you missed our LIVE masterclasses, you can catch-up here.*** Our next Justerini & Brooks Masters' Series will be hosted by the loquacious and captivating Omri Ram from Chateau Lafleur. Each ...

The best value Classified Growth Claret available on our list

This year, the Easter weekend may be a more sombre affair than normal, but with butchers and wine-merchants still delivering British lamb and Classed Growth Claret, the traditional Easter Sunday meal ...