CHÂTEAU ANGÉLUS St.-Emilion 2017 Score: 93-96 This is jazzed up a bit, with dark anise and black tea aromatics leading off, followed by juicy blackberry, boysenberry and bramble notes. Has some flashy spice on the finish and some expensive-feeling toast, but everything is in lockstep as this moves along.—J.M.
CHÂTEAU BEAU-SÉJOUR BÉCOT St.-Emilion 2017 Score: 93-96 Shows a lovely, engaging feel, offering succulent blackberry and cherry compote notes. Delightfully pure, with light echoes of bramble, chalk and anise flittering through the finish. Silky and refined, this has length to burn.—J.M.
CHÂTEAU BEAUSÉJOUR DUFFAU-LAGAROSSE St.-Emilion 2017 Score: 93-96 Intense, with juicy layers of fig, boysenberry and blackberry compote coursing through. Bramble and spice notes fire up on the finish, which kicks in with an extra bolt of energy at the end. A showy wine that pulls it off.—J.M.
CHÂTEAU CANON St.-Emilion 2017 Score: 93-96 A very pretty, slightly high-pitched version, featuring sleek cherry, cassis and damson plum fruit racing through, picking up light savory and mineral notes. The minerality blooms through the finish, with a floral gilding adding a sparkly effect on the long, unencumbered finish.—J.M.
CLOS FOURTET St.-Emilion 2017 Score: 93-96 Intense, with blackberry, cassis and boysenberry puree notes racing through, inlaid with subtle anise and black tea details. Offers a gorgeous feel, with a long, fine-grained chalky spine buried on the finish. A beauty.—J.M.
CHÂTEAU DUCRU-BEAUCAILLOU St.-Julien 2017 Score: 93-96 This has a warm and inviting feel, with mocha, Christmas pudding and blackberry and plum compote aromas and flavors flowing through atop fleshy, velvety structure. There’s a graphite edge along with some alluring spice accents, and this stays polished and lengthy in the end.—J.M.
CHÂTEAU LA FLEUR-PÉTRUS Pomerol 2017 Score: 93-96 Fleshy and solid in feel, delivering warm plum and blackberry confiture notes inlaid with ample tobacco and licorice hints. There's a strong graphite streak through the finish, with admirable grip for the vintage.—J.M.
CHÂTEAU LÉOVILLE BARTON St.-Julien 2017 Score: 93-96 This manages to pack in some serious plum, blackberry and black currant compote flavors, along with layers of melted black licorice and tar on the finish. This has a density that sets it apart from the pack in the vintage, with a lovely roasted apple wood note on the finish.—J.M.
CHÂTEAU LÉOVILLE LAS CASES St.-Julien 2017 Score: 93-96 This has the vintage’s fresh acidity, which does a wonderful job of driving the core of blueberry, black currant and blackberry fruit along. Light anise and graphite accents lend typicity, with a sleek mineral edge on the finish. Rock solid.—J.M.
LA MONDOTTE St.-Emilion 2017 Score: 93-96 Solidly built, with a ganache frame that marries well with the core of fig and plum compote flavors. Tobacco and chalky minerality line the finish, revealing an echo of savory at the very end. Starts big and gains refinement as it moves along.—J.M.
CHÂTEAU PAVIE St.-Emilion 2017 Score: 93-96 Dark and admirably ripe, with layers of fig and blackberry compote liberally infused with tobacco, licorice snap and fruitcake flavors. Shows some heft through the finish, but there’s enough energy to keep this moving along. A long, subtle echo of chalk is alluring.—J.M.
CHÂTEAU TROTANOY Pomerol 2017 Score: 93-96 Ripe and focused, with sleek tobacco and mineral edges alongside the core of cassis and bitter cherry fruit. There's a nice tug of earth throughout too, and this has serious length, with ample reserves.—J.M.
CHÂTEAU VALANDRAUD St.-Emilion 2017 Score: 93-96 Gorgeous blackberry, boysenberry and raspberry compote flavors flow out from the core, enveloping the apple wood, anise and black tea frame as they move. Offers a gorgeous feel, ample depth, lovely polish and fine underlying acidity throughout. A terrific effort.—J.M.
CHÂTEAU BÉLAIR-MONANGE St.-Emilion 2017 Score: 92-95 Ripe and fresh, featuring delightful plum and raspberry fruit pushing outward, while light savory, mineral and red licorice notes add range through the finish. Sneakily long, with the minerality showing some stamina.— J.M.
CHÂTEAU CLINET Pomerol 2017 Score: 92-95 Alluring, offering fleshy layers of fig, boysenberry and plum compote notes lined with anise and roasted apple wood accents, this is nicely integrated already, with fresh acidity embedded throughout.—J.M.
CHÂTEAU L'ÉGLISE CLINET Pomerol 2017 Score: 92-95 A nice core of gently steeped plum and boysenberry fruit is liberally infused with anise accents. A light bramble edge carries the finish. This has good underlying energy, with some fruit in reserve.—J.M.
CHÂTEAU FIGEAC St.-Emilion 2017 Score: 92-95 Bright and fresh, offering lovely cassis and black cherry notes sitting atop a sleek iron spine. Floral and savory details run throughout. Shows a refined structure. Sneakily long, with persistent fruit.—J.M.
CHÂTEAU LARCIS DUCASSE St.-Emilion 2017 Score: 92-95 Lovely blackberry and boysenberry puree flavors glide through, with suave toast, a pretty graphite note and a finely polished feel overall.—J.M.
CHÂTEAU LATOUR À POMEROL Pomerol 2017 Score: 92-95 Solidly built, with tobacco, savory and licorice notes equally matched by blackberry and raspberry compote flavors. Shows good energy through the finish, where a warm gravel accent kicks in.—J.M.
CHÂTEAU LÉOVILLE POYFERRÉ St.-Julien 2017 Score: 92-95 Warm, displaying a slightly rounded feel for the vintage, this sports plum, cassis and blackberry compote flavors. A mouthwatering anise edge shows on the polished finish, with a well-buried graphite spine.—J.M.
CHÂTEAU LYNCH BAGES Pauillac 2017 Score: 92-95 There’s really good flesh here for the vintage, with cassis, plum and blackberry compote flavors that are a step ahead of the pack in concentration. Light charcoal and iron notes score the finish, which is racy and fresh. Textbook Pauillac.—J.M.
CHÂTEAU PALMER Margaux 2017 Score: 92-95 This is solidly ripe, with juicy energy adding extra lift to the mix of plum, cherry and blackberry fruit. A super- fresh iron streak checks in, along with mouthwatering bay and savory notes. This stands out from the pack.—J.M.
CHÂTEAU PAVIE MACQUIN St.-Emilion 2017 Score: 92-95 Deliciously engaging, with a pure, aromatic display of boysenberry and blackberry fruit running through, picking up light bramble and anise accents along the way. Fresh and nicely defined, showing plenty of crackle on the finish.—J.M.
CHÂTEAU PICHON BARON Pauillac 2017 Score: 92-95 This is nice, with dark plum and blackberry compote flavors that have a fleshy edge, while light bay, tobacco and savory notes add range, combining with the vintage’s fresh acidity and bright mineral edge.— J.M.
CHÂTEAU PICHON LONGUEVILLE LALANDE Pauillac 2017 Score: 92-95 Solid, with a rounded, enticing core of plum and black currant preserve flavors supported by savory and tobacco notes. Has sleek tannins and fresh acidity for ample length and a nice graphite edge at the end.— J.M.