Pessac Leognan 18
If the budget doesn’t stretch to Haut Brion, grab this its very close in quality at a fifth the price.
“A little closed, slowly unfurling to reveal fragrant earth, crushed rocks, iron ore and tobacco notions over a core of crushed red and black currants plus kirsch, red roses and Ceylon tea. Full-bodied and wonderfully vivacious, it offers a solid line of firm and fine-grained tannins and amazing freshness, finishing very long and mineral laced. “ 96-98/100 RP Wine Advocate 95-98/100 Wine Spectator