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High Scoring Bordeaux Wines


High Scoring Bordeaux Wines – Bordeaux (“Bore-doe”) refers to a wine from Bordeaux, France.

Over 90% of Bordeaux wines are red wines made with Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Here are a variety of wines that received a high ratings, indicating their exceptional quality.

These highly acclaimed wines have achieved impressive scores from significant wine-producing regions.

They’re like the foundation of any worthwhile wine collection.

These bottles prove to be better investments than slightly lower scoring wines for very little if any price difference and substantially fewer of them are available in the market.


High Scoring Bordeaux Wines – Chateau Angelus 2020
Saint-Emilion Grand Cru France

97 Points

Prior to the 2022 vintage, this wine was classed as Premier Grand Cru Classe A.

Classified as Premier Grand Cru Classe B from 1996 to 2012.

Expert tasting note: “Deep, dark ruby red color .

The wine is opaque & holds its color to a purple/red rim.

Aromas are of over-mature dark black fruits & fresh cassis with clean cedary oak and coffee notes.

There is taught, concentrated black-cherry fruit on the mid palate, this becomes clatter and more chocolatey by the finish.

The structure is well integrated with plentiful blackcurrant fruit sitting behind it.

The acidity is soft and the alcohol a touch warming.

The finish is long and harmonious.


Chateau Belair Monange 2022
Saint-Emilion Grand Cru France

97 Points

First Growth B. Premier Grand Cru Classe B. Name changed from Belair to Belair-Monange from 2008 vintage.

Critic tasting note: Spell-binding in every sense of the word, you can sense this is special from the initial sniff with its showy bouquet of white and purple flowers, black, red, and blue fruits, crushed rocks, espresso, and licorice.

On the palate, the wine is concentrated and intense, finishing with a majestic combination of black plums, black cherries, chocolate, sea salt, and velvet-laced tannins.

The final end note appears close to the 60-second mark. This will age and effortlessly evolve for the next 3 decades with ease.

Drink from 2027-2060.


High Scoring Bordeaux Wines – 2019 Chateau Cos d’Estournel
Saint-Estephe France

97 Points

Second Growth. Deuxieme Grand Cru Classe in 1855.

Expert tasting note: The wine has a deep, dark, almost opaque ruby-red color.

Aromas are of ripe, raisined, dark fruit, with earthy touches.

There is a lovely freshness that lifts the palate.

The fruit has a ripe, black-cherry nature & is a touch earthy & toasty.

Alcohol is balanced.

The tannins are fine grained & the structure is rounded & smooth, giving a little mouth-watering grip to the juicy dark-cherry fruit on the finish.


2020 Chateau Leoville – Las Cases ‘Grand Vin de Leoville’
Saint-Julien France

97 Points

Second Growth. Deuxieme Grand Cru Classe in 1855. Also known as ‘Grand Vin de Leoville du Marquis de Las Cases’

Critic tasting note: “Dark garnet in color, the wine pops with aromas of tobacco leaf, cigar box, cedar, herbs, black currants, coffee and spice.

Refined, fresh, polished and firm, the fruit is vibrant, long and intense.

The tannins are ripe almost creamy in texture.

The finish is long, regal and compelling, leaving you with layer, of black currants and cassis.

Give this at least 12-15 years before popping a cork and enjoy it for the next 3 decades after that.

The wine is a blend of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc, 13.68% ABV, 3.80 pH.

The harvest took place from September 12 – September 27, making this the earliest vintage since 1989. 96-98 Pts”

The tannins are fine grained & the structure is rounded & smooth, giving a little mouth-watering grip to the juicy dark-cherry fruit on the finish.


High Scoring Bordeaux Wines – Chateau Haut-Bailly 2020
Pessac-Leognan France

96 Points

Classified Red Wine. Cru Classe de Graves in 1959.

Critic tasting note: “Initially, you find a display of flowers before moving on to all of its cigar wrapper, spice, blackberry, currant, black cherry, smoke and hints of forest leaf.

Deeply concentrated, vibrant and refined, the palate is packed with multiple-layers of perfectly, ripe, red fruits, a fabulous sense of purity, silky, soft, polished tannins and ample lift in the finish, providing the backdrop to age, evolve for decades. D

rink from 2027-2060.”

Chateau-L'Eglise-Clinet-2019-Pomero- France

Chateau L’Eglise – Clinet 2019
Pomerol France

97 Points

This wine was formerly known as Clos l’Eglise Clinet.

Critic tasting note: “With a serious depth of color, this hedonistic thrill ride opens with an aromatic display of truffle, flowers, dark chocolate, herbs, black cherries and plum.

Plush, opulent, rich and with the texture of silk and velvet, the wine coats your palate with layers of fresh, sensuous, perfectly ripe fruits, chocolate and truffle.

This full-bodied wine is only going to get better with age. If you can wait a decade, this will be even better.

The wine blends 90% Merlot with 10% Cabernet Franc”


High Scoring Bordeaux Wines – Chateau L’Evangile 2020
Red – Savory and Classic

95 Points

Critic tasting note: “A powerful expression of Merlot, this wine has a dense structure, with serious tannins and concentration.

Spicy flavors and dark chocolate are set against the black fruits and final acidity.

Drink from 2027.”


High Scoring Bordeaux Wines – Chateau Montrose 2022
Saint-Estephe France

97 Points

Red – Savory and Classic

Expert tasting note: “The deep, dark, purple-red color loses no intensity to a purple rim and stains the glass when swirled.

The restrained nose shows meaty, ripe black-fruit.

The wine has a powerful structure with plentiful, fine-grained tannins giving peppery spice to an incredibly dense mid-palate.

Balanced but warming alcohol enhances the cedary oak spices that interact harmoniously with jammy black-fruit.

The wine finishes with mouth-watering freshness & graphite notes.”

High Scoring Bordeaux Wines

Red Bordeaux Primary Flavors: Black Currant, Plum, Graphite, Cedar, Violet

Red wines from Bordeaux are medium- to full-bodied with aromas of black currant, plums, and earthy notes of wet gravel or pencil lead. When you taste the wines, they burst with mineral and fruit notes that lead into prickly, savory, mouth-drying tannins.

The tannins are often high enough that wines will age for several decades.

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