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2021 Château La Louvière Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan) 93

Honeysuckle, orange tropical fruit, waxy lemons, grapefruit, green apples, and blazing acidity make this an instant treat to taste due to its racy quality and purity in its fruits. Drink from 2023-2033. 93-93 Pts

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2021 Château Cantelys Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan) 91

Crisp, vibrant, juicy, fresh, lemons and just squeezed grapefruit notes are all over the place here in the nose and in the lively, racy palate. This is a well-priced, white Bordeaux that really hits the spot. The wine blends 50% Sauvignon Blanc with 50% Semillon. Drink from 2023-2029. 91-91 91 Points

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2021 Château Fleur Cardinale  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 93

Deeply colored, lush, round, opulent, and concentrated for the vintage, you find spicy, floral, black cherries, touches of chocolate, licorice, espresso and a hint of spice. Silky in the mouth, fresh and fruity, the finish is soft, supple and polished. The blend is 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. All that extra Cabernet really makes a difference adding more freshness, complexity and individuality. I hope they continue using more Cabernet here in future vintages. The harvest took place October 1 - 12. This is the first vintage from 100% organic farming. Drink from 2023-2039. 92-94 93 Points

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2021 Château Quintus Le Dragon de Quintus  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

Forward, soft, juicy, fresh, plummy red fruits with kirsch and black raspberry notes in the finish. This is already, soft, polished, fresh and elegant in nature. Drink from 2023-2031. 89-91 90 Points

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2021 Château Fleur Cardinale Intuition  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 91

White peach, lemon chiffon, honeysuckle, and a touch of mango on the nose. Fresh, vibrant, sweet, tangy and peachy, enjoy this over the next few years to capture all the sweet fruits. The wine is produced from a blend of 50% Sauvignon Blanc, 25% Semillon and 25% Sauvignon Gris. Drink from 2022-2026. 90-92 91 Points

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2021 Château Quintus St Emilion de Quintus  (St. Émilion) 85

Light, fresh, bright and easy drinking, earthy, savory, red berry filled wine. 79% Merlot and 21% Cabernet Franc. Drink from 2023-2027. 84-86 85 Points

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2021 Château Fleur de Lisse  (St. Émilion) 84

Light, bright, red berry filled wine with a crisp, red currant and cranberry finish. Drink from 2023-2027. 83-85 84 Points

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2021 Château Rahoul  (Graves) 86

Light, savory, herbal accented red fruits finish with chalky tannins and a strong, olive and green leafy accent. Drink from 2023-2027. 85-87 86 Points

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2021 Château Fleur de Lisse  (St. Émilion) 85

Medium-bodied, bright, fresh, crisp, fresh, light, strawberry and red cherry oriented wine that will be best enjoyed over the next few years. Drink from 2023-2027. 84-86 85 Points

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2021 Château Rauzan-Ségla  (Margaux) 95

With a nice richness to the color, the wine opens with lilies, roses, coffee bean, Indian spice and black plums. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied, elegant, refined and silky. There is freshness and energy, along with a nice sweetness to the fruits. There is a touch of chalk at the backend of the finish. You will be able to enjoy this in its youth, which is not always the case here with this age-worthy Margaux. The wine was produced from blending 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Merlot, 13% ABV. The harvest took place September 20 to October 8. Drink from 2025-2050. 94-96 95 Points

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2021 Château Fleur La Mothe  (Médoc) 89

Lead pencil, flowers, bright red currants and herbs are found on the nose and in the medium-bodied, soft, supple palate. Quite successful for the vintage, this forward, fruity, pepper-edged, bright, red plum filled wine will be best in its youth. Drink from 2023-2030. 88-90 89 Points

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2021 Château Raymond-Lafon  (Sauternes) 92

With an intense floral bouquet, the wine quickly moves to its candied orange, pineapple, mango and apricot array of honeyed tropical fruits. Sweet, vibrant and fresh, this is not only perfect for a sweet treat but it is also one of those sweet wines that can be paired with savory and spicy courses as well. Drink from 2023-2042. 91-93 92 Points

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2021 Château Fonbadet  (Pauillac) 90

Currants and espresso, with tobacco leaf, spice and leafy herbs open the perfume. The wine is soft, round, sweet forward and filled with ripe, red fruits with a touch of oak adding roundness in the finish. The wine blends 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 20% Merlot. Drink from 2024-2039. 89-91 90 Points

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2021 Château Ripeau  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 92

With a deep, hue the wine open with black cherries, flowers, plums, chocolate and licorice. On the palate, the wine is plush and polished, with supple, soft tannins and a cocoa, dark chocolate and plum finish. This should age quite nicely. Drink from 2024-2040. 91-93 92 Points

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2021 Château Fonplégade  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 93

Initially you notice flowers and crushed rocks before moving on to the black raspberries, licorice, cherries and background note of orange blossom and a healthy dose of oak. On the medium-bodied palate, the wine is soft, pure and fresh, with a sweetness to the fruits, silkiness to the tannins and a touch of chocolate-mint, sea salt and espresso in the endnote. Made from a blend of 88% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Franc, 13.5% ABV, pH 3.6. The harvest took place September 30-October 14. Drink from 2023-2039. 92-94 93 Points

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2021 Château Rochebelle  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 91

Medium-bodied, on the red fruit side with additional layers of dark red berries, you also find a lot of minerality characteristics here with its salinity that shows up on the palate and in the finish. Give it a year or two in the cellar and it could score even higher after finishing its aging. Drink from 2024-2038. 90-92 91 Points

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2021 Château Fonroque  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 89

Finesse styled, medium-bodied, bright, crisp red berry oriented wine with sweetness and purity to the red fruits, as well as softness in its texture. The only drawback here is its lack of length. Perhaps with a bit of aging, the wine will gain more on the backend. Drink from 2024-2036. 88-90 89 Points

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2021 Château Rocheyron  (St. Émilion) 94

Silky, fresh, refined, soft and polished, there is an elegance to the layers of sweet, plums, followed by truffle, coffee bean and dark chocolate with a touch of flowers, mint and spice on the backend. The wine is fresh, long and complex. The wine blends 60% Merlot with 40% Cabernet Franc. Drink from 2024-2040. 93-95 94 Points

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2021 Château Fontenil  (Fronsac) 92

Salty, mineral-edged plums, soft, round tannins and a blast of spicy cherries along with a touch of refreshing mint-leaf on the mid-palate that you also find nuances of in the finish. You can enjoy this on release for its fruit and freshness. Drink from 2023-2032. 91-93 92 Points

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2021 Château Rol Valentin  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

Cherries, licorice, smoke and espresso in the nose and on the palate. The wine is round, soft and polished, with loads of ripe, sweet, juicy, dark plums, chocolate, licorice and espresso in the elegant, fresh finish. Drink from 2023-2037. 89-91 90 Points

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2021 Château Franc La Rose  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 86

Medium-bodied, bright, fresh, crisp, juicy red fruits with a nice floral accent are found in this ready-to-go, early-drinking charmer. Drink from 2023-2028. 8587 86 Points

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2021 Château Rollan de By  (Médoc) 86

Round, forward, currant and espresso filled wine with an early-drinking, forward, fruity, oaky character. Drink from 2023-2028. 85-87 86 Points

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2021 Château Franc-Mayne  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 91

Flowers and black cherries come through on the nose. Soft, round and polished, with a nice sweetness to the fruits on the medium-bodied palate, and in the soft, creamy finish leaving you with a solid wave of cherries and dark chocolate. Things are definitely on the upswing here. Drink from 2024-2040. 90-92 91 Points

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2021 Château Rouget  (Pomerol) 92

Flowers, licorice, thyme, cinnamon and cherries on the nose and mid-palate. The wine is soft, fresh, round, sweet and fruity, with a bright, supple-textured, juicy, red and black plummy finish. The wine blends 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. Drink from 2023-2038. 91-93 92 Points

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2021 Château Gaby  (Canon-Fronsac) 88

Round and plummy, with a strong dose of espresso, chocolate and flowers on the nose. This is perfect for early drinking for all those ripe red berries and chocolate on the palate. Drink from 2023-2030. 87-89 88 Points

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