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2013 July


Beaujolais Nouveau 2013
November 21st Nouveau Day!

 

Nouveau an Old Tradition. From time immemorial, people looked forward to drinking the fresh new wine with great anticipation. In fact during the Middle Ages it was typically sold two weeks after the harvest, by the landowners who were frequently lords, bishops, or abbots forerunners in a sense of the first wine merchants.

Age of Enlightment. Originally wine was drunk and relished as new or 'nouveau' wine as methods of preserving and protecting wine were very basic and many wines oxidized and quickly turned to vinegar. It was not until the end of the 19th century with Pasteur's and the application of the Scientific Revolution to the wine industry did things start to change.


Back to the fifties. Drinking Beaujolais Nouveau as we know it today was reinvented in 1951. However a French government degree prohibits the release of the wine before the 3rd Thursday of November of the year of vintage. Today this style of Beaujolais accounts for approximately 40% of the regions production with Japan as the most significant importer.

En Primeur 2012

A combination of wet weather and cold spells eventually resulted in one of the smallest crops in 20 years.  Best described as a classic year, Robert Parker wrote "at the top level, the 2012s are clearly superior to the 2011's. While noted English wine writer Stephen Spurrier of Decanter stated "2012 is no doubt better than the rainy 2002, the hard 2004, the edgy 2007, even probably the underrated 2008."

Read more at

http://www.decanter.com/bordeaux-2012/en-primeur-coverage/583811/bordeaux-2012-steven-spurrier-s-vintage-overview#iDX4RIHpiQHuEzcK.99 

Much work was needed in the vineyards in particular on the left bank in order to bring in healthy grapes.The wines in general will offer pleasant early drinking as winemakers aimed at lighter elegant wines and tried avoid over extracting and having harsh astringent wines as the grapes in lacked ripeness and structure of the 2003 /05/ 09/ and 2010. None the less there was still a number of astringent and tannic wines and careful selection was necessary.  
Without doubt this was a Merlot vintage being an early ripening variety and the wines of Pomerol as a result were spotlighted, while those of St Emilon were more variable. The success of Pomerol was followed closely by Pessac-Leognan for both red and whites in part due to the early harvesting of the grapes. Finally a disastrous year for the sweet whites with some notable chateaux declassifying the harvest.

PESSAC LEOGNAN    

 

CHATEAU DE FIEUZAL Blanc

pts. 91

Medium to deep lemon with a slight green tinge, on the nose it reveals subtle toast accents with slight citrus and nutty nuances.   Full body, the wine is soft and supple with a good acidity.  Well balanced, smooth it is vibrant well made and already imminently approachable with a lingering finish. JKW04/13

 

 

CHATEAU DE FIEUZAL Rouge

pts. 87

Bright, deep dark black ruby, revealing  a youthful purple hue on the edges. Forward, it exhibits polished, nose of berry fruit accompanied by hints of plum and tobacco. Medium bodied, it is round fruity exhibiting additional oak notes and backed by firm slightly dry tannins. Comes together well on lingering finish. JKW04/13

 



CHATEAU HAUT BERGEY Blanc

pts. 89

Good color medium to deep lemon with a slight green tinge. Forward  nose with  smoky oak and citrus fruit nuances with tropical and honey accents. Medium bodied, fresh, smooth  with good weight and intensity, it is well balanced with a lingering finish. JKW04/13

 

 


 

CHATEAU HAUT BRION Blanc

pts. 94

Semillon 45% Sauvignon Blanc 55%

Medium to deep straw color with a slight green tinge, it exhibits good depth and intensity of color.   It has an attractive, fresh slightly musky nose with peach and citrus nuances. Full body, it is lively and persistent on the palate. Well integrated, well balanced, it is smooth, round and fruity exhibiting a deft use of oak, which echoes on a long persistent finish. JKW04/13


 

CHATEAU HAUT BRION Rouge

pts. 92

Merlot 65.5%, Cabernet Sauvignon 32.5%, Cabernet Franc 2%

The wine shows an impressive deep dark opaque black ruby color with a youthful purple rim. Polished, integrated nose revealing oak and liquorice undertones. Full-bodied, it is firm yet still smooth though with some pronounced tannins, which are supported by a core of ripe fruit with mineral undertones. On the palate, it reveals hints of oak, ripe blackcurrant and plums. This is a firm tightly knit wine which is extremely youthful but should evolve nicely with time. JKW04/13


CHATEAU LA MISSION HAUT BRION Rouge

pts. 91

Merlot 62%, Cabernet Sauvignon 38%.

The wine displays an impressive deep dark  black ruby color. Attractive nose, it is fragrant almost floral with tobacco undertones. Rich, medium to full-bodied with concentrated flavors and lots of oak, is has a firm solid, tight structure with a high acidity. Elegant, fresh, round  with a long lingering finish revealing additional chocolate and black currant nuances but will need patience to enjoy. JKW04/13


 

CHATEAU PAPE CLEMENT Rouge

pts. 90

Merlot 46%, Cabernet Sauvignon 51%,  Petit Verdot 2% Cabernet Franc 1%

Impressive depth of color, deep dark ruby with a youthful purple hue. Forward nose  with lots of black currant fruit accompanied by reserved toasted oak notes with liquorice undertones. Medium to full-body, a multilayered wine, it has a firm slightly spicy character on the palate, supported by a firm tannin structure.   Medium to long firm finish. JKW04/13

 

 

CHÂTEAU SMITH HAUT LAFITE Blanc

pts. 89

Medium depth of color, it is a pale straw with slight green tinge. It has an aromatic and fragrant nose with ripe citrus and tropical fruit nuances. Medium to full-bodied, well structured with good weight and concentration along with oak accents and a long persistent finish. JKW04/13

 


 

CHÂTEAU SMITH HAUT LAFITE Rouge

pts. 89

Clear bright medium to dark black ruby red with a youthful purple edge. It has a pronounced nose of caramel, liquorice and toast which is reflected on the palate along with additional plum notes. Medium body, it has a solid core of fruit revealing smoky, cherry, toasty nuances with a long finish. JKW04/13

 


 

LE CLARENCE DE HAUT BRION Rouge

pts. 89

Medium dark black ruby, it exhibits a polished, berry nose with floral accents accompanied by hints of currant, toast and oak with subtle liquorice and coffee undertones. Medium, velvety, fresh, round and fruity with good weight and concentration complimented by a firm fresh finish. JKW04/13

 


SAINT EMILION   

CHATEAU AUSONE Rouge

pts. 90

Merlot 45%,  Cabernet Franc  55%

Deep dark black ruby with a youthful purple hue. Good concentration of integrated fruit and toasted oak with spice and raspberry accents on the nose. Medium body with a fresh acidity, it has a solid core of fresh fruit with attractive mineral accents. Well balanced and integrated, it is fresh with a firm finish, seems a little lighter and concentrated versus other years. JKW04/13

 

CHATEAU CHEVAL BLANC  Rouge

pts. 90

Merlot 54%, Cabernet Franc 46%

Deep dark black ruby with a youthful purple hue. Complex integrated nose with attractive berry fruit with floral nuances. Medium to full-bodied, it is smooth and  supple with a solid core of ripe  fruit, a pleasant texture and firm integrated tannin structure. A little lighter than one might expect given the chateau but already imminently enjoyable and approachable. JKW04/13



CHATEAU FIGEAC Rouge

pts. 89

Medium to dark black ruby, it displays a firm consistent rim structure. It exhibits an attractive nose of black currant fruit and oak with coconut accents.  It exhibits good weight and concentration, especially given the year, it is smooth and elegant with a firm  structure.  Overall it is a firm well balanced wine with a long lingering finish. JKW04/13

 

 


CHATEAU MONBOUSQUET  Blanc

pts. 90

Sauvignon Blanc 66%  Sauvignon Gris 36%

Pale light color it has an aromatic and perfumed nose with floral and citrus overtones.  On the palate smooth and fresh with good concentration of smooth mouth coating fruit.  Nicely balanced well structured with a long lingering finish. JKW04/13

 

 

CHATEAU MONBOUSQUET Rouge

pts. 90

Merlot 60%, Cabernet Sauvignon 10%,  Cabernet Franc 30%

Impressive depth of color, the wine is deep dark opaque black ruby.   Aromatic integrated nose of black currant dried fruit vanilla and oak.   Full, powerful with a solid core of mouth coating fruit backed by firm tannins on a long lingering finish. JKW04/13


CHATEAU PAVIE Rouge 

pts. 93

Impressive color, it is deep dark opaque black ruby with a youthful purple rim. Concentrated and focused nose of berry fruit, it displays hints of currant, cedar, spice, dried fruit and plums. Full body it is rich, ripe and firm with a core of ripe fruit, a balanced acidity and a firm finish. As always good weight and concentration with a long fresh finish. JKW04/13

 

 


CHATEAU PAVIE MACQUIN Rouge

pts. 91

Merlot 60%, Cabernet Sauvignon 15%,  Cabernet Franc 25%

Medium to deep dark ruby with a purple hue. Sophisticated ripe berry nose, fragrant  revealing hints of chocolate, oak, vanilla and black currants. Well balanced, the wine has firm structure, with pronounced oak notes accompanied by cassis undertones. Full body, fresh it has a good concentration, firm ripe tannins and a rounded finish.  Built to age. JKW04/13

 

 

LE PETIT CHEVAL Rouge

pts. 87

Merlot 25%,  Cabernet Franc 75%

Medium depth of color. Elegant perfumed nose of berry fruit with liquorice and mineral accents with cassis undertones. Medium bodied, it is smooth fresh with a good concentration of vibrant fruit.  Firm, integrated it has a smooth round elegant finish.   Over all it is relatively light yet elegant with a lingering finish. JKW04/13

 

 

CHÂTEAU TROPLONG MONDOT  Rouge

pts. 94

It exhibits a good depth of color, medium to deep dark opaque black ruby with a firm rim structure. Attractive forward fruity nose with floral overtones accompanied by pronounced oak, toast and coffee notes. Full bodied, powerful  with a good core of rich ripe fruit, which counter balances the tannins.   Over all impressive with toasted oak overtones and a long lingering finish. JKW04/13

 


POMEROL   

 

CHATEAU LA CABANNE  Rouge

pts. 88

Good depth of color it is a to deep dark ruby with a purple hue. Forward, fragrant nose, it displays an attractive notes of berry fruit with toast and spice accents. Medium body it is round, smooth with distinctive oak accents, it is elegantly balanced, with a relatively long round finish. JKW04/13


CHATEAU LA CROIX DE GAY  Rouge

pts. 87

Medium depth and intensity, it has an attractive dark ruby color. Forward clean nose with oak with and raspberry undertones . On the palate it is medium to full with a good concentration of supple fruit and tannins with coffee nuances. JKW04/13

 

CHATEAU L' EGLISE CLINET Rouge

pts. 96

Merlot 90%, Cabernet Franc 10%

Impressive depth of color, the wine is a deep dark black ruby with youthful purple rim. Attractive hints of blackcurrant, caramel, toast and oak on the nose.  Full bodied, it is powerful, smooth and concentrated  with a solid core of rich mouth coating fruit a firm tannic structure and a long lingering finish.  Built to age. JKW0413

 

CHATEAU CLINET Rouge

pts. 90

Good depth of color, the wine is well balanced with good weight and concentration.  Full-bodied it is powerful round with solid core of rich ripe fruit and good length. JKW04/13

 

 

 


MOULIS   

 

CHATEAU CHASSE SPLEEN Rouge

pts. 88

Medium depth of color, dark, vibrant, it has a forward nose with hints of berry fruit with raspberry nuances with slight earthy accents.  Medium body, it is relatively smooth with a good concentration and intensity for the vintage. Well balanced smooth, elegant and fruity. JKW04/13

 

 

 

 

CHÂTEAU MAUCAILLOU  Rouge

pts. 88

Good depth of color it is deep dark black ruby. It exhibits notes of pencil lead, cedar and oak against a background of solid fruit. Medium body, it is fresh with a good acidity, firm tannins that are well integrated given the vintage only making their presence noted on the finish. JKW04/13

 

 

 

CHATEAU POUJEAUX Rouge

pts. 88

Medium depth of color, it is deep dark black ruby. It has a forward nose of fruit reminiscent of black currant with distinctive oak and vanilla accents. Medium bodied the firm integrated tannins are supported by a solid core of fruit, while it all comes together on a relatively long very firm  finish. JKW04/13

 

 

MEDOC
 

CHÂTEAU LA TOUR DE BY   Rouge

pts. 86

Medium depth of color, it is a bright deep  black ruby color with a youthful purple hue on the rim. Intense nose exhibiting hints of oak, spice, chocolate, herb and cherry fruit. Medium bodied, it is round and smooth with a core of fresh ripe fleshy fruit supported by firm tannins and a firm finish. JKW04/13

 


HAUT MEDOC   

CHATEAU CAMENSAC  Rouge 

 

CHATEAU CANTEMERLE Rouge

pts. 89

Medium depth of color with a youthful purple hue. Delicate and fragrant berry nose with raspberry and cassis nuances.  Medium body, it is fresh elegant and well balanced with a medium finish. JKW04/13

CHATEAU LA TOUR CARNET Rouge

pts. 87

Deep dark black ruby, it has a complex fragrant oaky nose.  Medium bodied, it is a firm tannic wine that will need time. JKW04/13

CHATEAU LA LAGUNE  Rouge

pts. 90

Medium to deep dark ruby, focused nose with hints of black currant and toasty oak with slight herbal and vanilla accents.  Medium-bodied, it is well balanced fresh with a core of sweet ripe fruit and integrated tannins and a solid finish. JKW04/13

MARGAUX   

ALTER EGO DE PALMER Rouge

pts. 90

Merlot 51%, Cabernet Sauvignon 40%, Petit  Verdot 9%

Medium to deep ruby.  The wine had a good depth of color and an aromatic nose with blackcurrant, spice and toast nuances accompanied by a hints of oak.  Medium body, it has solid core of fruit. Remarkably supple and approachable, this is a well balanced wine with balanced acidity and a firm finish.  JKW04/13

 

 

BLASON D'ISSAN Rouge

pts. 86

Merlot 40%, Cabernet Sauvignon 60%

Medium ruby with slight purple hue. Closed with hints of oak along with floral nuances. Fresh balanced with a solid core of berry fruit augmented by additional hints of oak and vanilla. Medium body this is a harmonious balanced and fruity wine  and reflective of the vintage. JKW04/13

 

CHÂTEAU BRANE CANTENAC Rouge

pts. 90

Medium to deep dark ruby with a purple hue. It displays a delicate nose almost floral with hints of berry fruit with black currant overtones.   Medium body, it is fresh, soft and supple. It has a good concentration of plum like fruit and is consistent through to a long fresh finish. The wine is elegant and balanced. JKW04/13

 

 

CHATEAU DESMIRAIL Rouge

pts. 88

Medium depth of color.  Hint of herbaceous with liquorice undertones.  Medium body well balanced eith a firm fresh finish reflective of the vintage. Short to medium finish. JKW04/18

 

 

 

 

CHÂTEAU DU TERTRE Rouge

pts. 89

Deep ruby red. Hints of oak and fruit on the nose with liquorice undertones. Medium body, it has good weight and focused fruit on the palate supported by firm integrated velvety tannins. Well balanced with a rounded acidity and a firm finish with lots of fruit. Pleasant early drinking. JKW04/18

 

 

CHATEAU D'ISSAN Rouge

pts. 88

Merlot 33%, Cabernet Sauvignon 67%

Good depth of color it is a deep dark black ruby. Slightly closed on the nose with floral nuances accompanied by attractive berry, currant, herb and toasty accents.  Medium body, classic, it is smooth elegant with a good acidity, soft firm ripe integrated tannins and medium length. Overall good weight and structure, with a firm tannic finish it is well done for the vintage. JKW04/13

 

CHATEAU GISCOURS  Rouge 

pts. 89

Medium to deep dark ruby. Simple fruity nose, revealing currant fruit accompanied by toasty oak overtones along with liquorice undertones. Medium body, nice fruit with cherry undertones on the palate, well balanced with a relatively good concentration of fruit which lingers pleasantly on solid finish.  JKW04/13

 

 

 

CHÂTEAU MALESCOT SAINT EXUPERY Rouge 

pts. 89

Classical, it exhibits a medium to dark ruby color  with a firm rim structure. Sophisticated and integrated nose slightly floral displaying attractive notes of oak and currant fruit. Medium bodied, it is well structured, elegant and compact on the palate with a long very  firm finish.  JKW04/13

 

 


CHATEAU MARGAUX Rouge 

pts. 91

Merlot 10%, Cabernet Sauvignon 87%, Cabernet Franc  2%

Impressive color it is a deep dark black ruby with a solid rim structure. Seductive nose, slightly floral revealing attractive berry fruits wrapped in oak with raspberry and coffee nuances. Medium to full body, it is powerful exhibiting good weight and concentration with a solid core of ripe fruit. Soft, supple and fresh, it is well balanced, with firm integrated tannins. Though youthful, it is elegant, and imminently approachable with lots of oak and fruit with toast accents on the finish. JKW04/13

 

CHATEAU PALMER Rouge

pts. 93

Merlot 48%, Cabernet Sauvignon 46%, Petit  Verdot 6%

Impressive depth of color it is a dark opaque black ruby red with a youthful purple rim, it exhibits a complex nose, forward revealing hints of  blackcurrant currant fruit against a background of toasty berry fruit.   Medium to full bodied, it smooth firm and velvety with a solid core of rich spicy fruit. It is nicely integrated with hints of red fruit, cherries and toast. Well constructed it has a lively acidity, and lots of fresh fruit flavors.  An elegant wine, it is well balanced with a medium to long firm finish will need time to round out the tannins on the finish. JKW04/13

 

CHATEAU RAUZAN-SEGLA  Rouge

pts. 92

Impressive depth color, the wine exhibits a youthful purple hue. It has an integrated and complex nose, forward  with floral overtones accompanied by attractive oak, pepper and cherry nuances. Full body, well balanced though firm  with impressive length accompanied by subtle chocolate and vanilla nuances.  Will take time to round out and be appreciated. JKW0413

 

 

 

PAVILLON ROUGE DE CHATEAU MARGAUX Rouge

pts. 89

The wine is a bright vibrant deep dark ruby color. It has a forward fruity nose with oak, cedar and vanilla nuances. Medium body, it has good depth and intensity, is soft, opulent and fruity with a firm tannin structure. Fresh with a balanced acidity, it is classic, elegant wine with a long firm fruity finish. JKW04/13

 

 

SAINT JULIEN   

 

CHATEAU DUCRU BEAUCAILLOU Rouge

pts. 90

Merlot 91%, Cabernet Sauvignon 1%

Good color, it is  medium to deep dark black ruby with a youthful purple hue . Forward nose with subtle floral nuances accompanied by hints of casiss, oak and vanilla accents.  Medium body, with firm tannins and a  lively acidity, revealing good weight and concentration and a long fairly firm finish. JKW04/13

 

 

CHATEAU BEYCHEVELLE Rouge

Medium to deep color, medium body with a core of fresh sweet ripe berry fruit, with  firm slight dry finish.  Despite its power and depth it is still elegant. JKW04/13

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHATEAU GRUAUD-LAROSE Rouge

pts. 89

Good color, with youthful purple highlights. Focused nose, it has lots of oak nuances against a background of currant and berry notes. Supple with a solid core of fruit and a lively acidity and a long firm finish. JKW04/13

 

 

 


 

CHÂTEAU LAGRANGE Rouge

pts. 88

The wine is a clear medium bright dark ruby. It exhibits a forward berry  nose with currant and spice accents. Medium body, it is  firm with pleasant oak overtones, elegantly balanced though it is still youthful and needs time to integrate. It has good power and weight with additional  hints of plum and vanilla  on a firm tannic finish. JKW04/13

 


CHATEAU LEOVILLE BARTON Rouge

pts. 89

Medium depth of color.  Complex and sophisticated nose l with lots of oak against a background of berry fruit with slight herbaceous edges.  Medium to full bodied, exhibiting good weight and concentration,  it is soft with a solid core of juicy fruit with currant and cherry flavours wrapped in toasty oak along with a hint of spice.  JKW0413

 

 

 

 

 

CHATEAU LEOVILLE LAS CASES Rouge

pts. 87

Merlot 15%, Cabernet Sauvignon 74%, Cabernet Franc 11%

Deep dark black ruby with youthful hints of purple on the rim.   Slightly closed with currant overtones  revealing tobacco and mineral nuances.  Medium body, the wine is elegant with a solid core of integrated ripe fruit and wood which carries through to the finish.  Well balanced, with a long lingering revealing additional vanilla highlights. JKW04/13

 

 

CHÂTEAU LEOVILLE POYFERRE Rouge

pts. 89

Impressive depth of color it is deep dark black ruby.  Attractive fruity nose with hints of raspberry, toast and oak. Medium to full-bodied  with respectable core of berry fruit highlighted by fresh acidity and supported by firm tannins on the finish. Good intensity of fruit with toast and oak notes on a long finish. JKW04/13

 


 

CHATEAU TALBOT Rouge

pts. 89

Good depth of color it is a medium to dark black ruby with a firm youthful rim structure.  Well balanced with a solid core of fruit showing black currant and liquorice  undertones, supported by firm tannins on the finish. Smooth well balanced and approachable though will need time to round out. JKW04/13

 

 

 

CLOS DU MARQUIS Rouge

pts. 88

Merlot 6%, Cabernet Sauvignon 92%, Cabernet Franc 2%

Medium color, it is a deep dark black ruby with a purple hue on the rim. Forward nose almost  with lots of vanilla and oak projected on a background of fresh berry fruit. Medium bodied with a solid concentration of juicy ripe fruit and nicely integrated tannins. Well crafted it is further complimented by a long lingering finish. JKW04/13


 

LA CROIX DE BEAUCAILLOU Rouge

pts. 87

Merlot 38%, Cabernet Sauvignon 60%,  Petit Verdot 2%

Dark black ruby with a youthful purple hue. Forward berry nose with attractive cassis nuances.   Medium body it is smooth supple well structured with a attractive core of juicy fruit.  Good length and weight with a firm structure. JKW04/13


 

PETIT LION DE LEOVILLE LAS CASES  Rouge

pts. 86

Merlot 44%, Cabernet Sauvignon 48%, Cabernet Franc  8%

Medium depth of color with a youthful purple hue.  Slightly spicy herbaceous nose with currant and vanilla undertones.  Medium-bodied, revealing good weight and concentration along with nice length and relatively integrated tannins. JKW04/13

 

PAUILLAC   

 

CHATEAU CLERC MILON Rouge 

pts. 90

Merlot 29%, Cabernet Sauvignon 60%, Cabernet Franc 9%, Petit Verdot 1% Carmenere 1%

Medium to deep dark ruby with purple overtones. Intense forward nose, sophisticated and polished notes of currant fruit, still youthful with wood, blackberry pepper, herb and spice overtones. Medium body it is smooth and has a solid core of cherry fruit wrapped in oak. The aromas are reflected on the palate along with additional floral nuances. Well balanced though perhaps the finish is a little tannic, time will tell. JKW04/13


 

CHÂTEAU DUHART MILON ROTHSCHILD Rouge 

pts. 90

Merlot 38%, Cabernet Sauvignon 62%

Medium depth of color, it is a deep dark opaque black ruby with a youthful purple rim.  Slightly closed, nose of black currant fruit with oak, herb and tobacco nuances. Medium-bodied, it exhibits good weight and intensity, with a solid core of ripe fruit and relatively integrated tannins given the vintage. Round with a balanced acidity it is firm and well structured revealing additional chocolate nuances on a lingering finish. JKW04/13


 

CHÂTEAU GRAND PUY DUCASSE Rouge 

pts. 86

Medium to deep black ruby with a firm rim structure. Attractive nose, with forward toast and oak notes accompanied by attractive berry nuances along with hints of mint and blackcurrant. On the palate it is a little on the lighter side, perhaps a little over extracted, showing in the finish but nonetheless balanced and very approachable promising early drinking.  JKW04/13

 


 

CHATEAU HAUT BAGES LIBERAL Rouge

pts. 89

Medium to deep color and rim structure, it exhibits an attractive nose with  hints of berry along with a touch of cedar, plum and spice. Medium body with firm slightly drying tannins on the finish. JKW04/13

 

 

 


 

CHÂTEAU LAFITE ROTHSCHILD Rouge

pts. 92

Merlot 8.5%, Cabernet Sauvignon 91%, Petit Verdot 0.5%

The wine is a deep dark black ruby with a firm rim structure. Classic nose, with hints of vanilla, oak, black currant and coffee. Medium body, it is supple with a solid core of ripe luscious fruit and is impeccably balanced.  Elegant, it has a firm integrated structure of firm velvety tannins. It all comes together nicely on a long firm finish. JKW04/13


 

CHATEAU LYNCH-BAGES Rouge 

pts. 89

Merlot 26%, Cabernet Sauvignon 71%, Cabernet Franc 2%, Petit Verdot 1%

Impressive depth of color. Deep dark opaque black ruby with a firm rim structure. Fragrant nose with floral nuances accompanied by hints of toasty oak against a background of currant fruit and spices. Medium body, fresh it is deceptively soft and fruity but still with some formidable tannins which show on the finish. Built for the long-term. JKW04/13


 

CHATEAU LATOUR Rouge 

pts. 91

Merlot 9.6%, Cabernet Sauvignon 90.2%, Petit Verdot 0.2%

Impressive deep opaque black ruby-purple with a firm rim structure. Forward smoky, toasty nose with floral nuances accompanied by hints of vanilla and violet against a background of currant fruit.  Medium body, it reveals a solid core of fresh elegant fruit and a solid tannin structure and a long lingering finish. As always polished and well balanced for the vintage. JKW04/13


 

CHÂTEAU MOUTON ROTHSCHILD Rouge 

pts. 94

Merlot 8%, Cabernet Sauvignon 90%, Cabernet Franc 2%

Impressive depth of color, it is a deep dark opaque black ruby with a youthful purple hue.  It has powerful distinctive oak overtones accompanied by subtle black currant, spice and liquorice accents. Full bodied, it is supple and polished with distinctive wood overtones, a solid core of rich ripe fruit, firm velvety tannins on a long harmonious finish. JKW04/13



CHÂTEAU PICHON BARON LONGUEVILLE Rouge 

pts. 90

Great depth of color, it is an opaque black ruby with a firm rim structure, forward complex nose fruity with oak, cedar and cassis accents. Medium to full body, it is smooth, elegant charming with good weight and concentration for the vintage. Solid firm spicy finish with additional  hints of mineral and blackcurrant with slight herbaceous accents. JKW04/13

 


CHATEAU PICHON COMTESSE LALANDE Rouge 

pts. 91

Merlot 28%, Cabernet Sauvignon 59%, Cabernet Franc 8%, Petit Verdot 5%

Deep color, impressive with a firm rim structure. Complex and integrated nose with floral, spice and black currant overtones.  Full body, the wine is opulent and elegant with a solid core of ripe mouth coating fruit supported by firm tannins and a balanced acidity. Additional toast and oak accents on the palate but all in all well integrated. It all comes together on a long lingering finish.  All in all well crafted for the vintage. JKW04/13


 

CHÂTEAU PONTET CANET Rouge

pts. 96

Impressive depth of color, it displays a deep dark opaque vibrant black ruby color with a youthful purple hue.  It has a rich concentrated nose of black currant, vanilla and oak.  Medium body, it is balanced, with a solid core of fruit wrapped in oak, which lingers on a long soft finish. Well crafted. JKW04/13

 

 


 

LE PETIT MOUTON DE MOUTON ROTHSCHILD Rouge

pts. 91

Merlot 19%, Cabernet Sauvignon 79%, Cabernet Franc 2%

Good color. It is medium to deep dark ruby. It has an attractive berry nose with subtle floral nuances along with liquorice and blackberry notes. Though it has a firm structure, it is elegant, well balanced, smooth and polished with a solid core of juicy ripe fruit and a lingering finish. JKW04/13


 

LES CARRUADES DE LAFITE Rouge

pts. 89

Merlot 42%, Cabernet Sauvignon 53%, Cabernet Franc 3%, Petit Verdot 2%

The wine is a medium to deep dark black ruby with a youthful purple hue. Intense forward nose of black currant fruit with vanilla and chocolate nuances. Medium body, it is balanced, elegant with a solid core of fruit wrapped in oak. Well balanced tannins are better integrated then most


 

LES FORTS DE LATOUR Rouge 

pts. 91

Merlot 22%, Cabernet Sauvignon 76.1%,  Petit Verdot 2%

Impressive depth of color, it is medium to deep black ruby with a youthful purple hue and a firm rim structure. On the nose it reveals floral nuances with hints of vanilla and black currant along with subtle toast notes. Medium body the wine has a solid structure, yet it is still fresh, elegant and balanced with firm tannins and a persistent finish. JKW04/13


 

TOURELLES DE LONGUEVILLE Rouge

pts. 86

Medium depth of color, it is vibrant youthful ruby color with a youthful purple rim.  Clean focused and aromatic nose with  berry overtones accompanied by black currant, vanilla and chocolate nuances.  On the palate it is smooth round and fruity, well balanced with good weight and concentration along with integrated tannins. JKW04/13



SAINT ESTEPHE   


CHATEAU CALON SEGUR Rouge 

pts. 89

Clear bright medium to deep dark ruby. It has a forward ripe berry nose with lovely smoky currant overtones with a hint of spice. Medium  to full-bodied, it is firm  well balanced revealing a solid core of fruit , firm ripe tannins and a long lingering finish. JKW04/13

 

 


 

CHATEAU COS D'ESTOURNEL  Rouge

pts. 91

Merlot 22%, Cabernet Sauvignon 75%, Cabernet Franc 2%, Petit Verdot 1%

Impressive deep dark opaque black ruby with a youthful purple rim.  Complex integrated nose, slightly closed  with black currant and oak accents.  Full bodied, It is still relatively smooth, supple though firm well structured with a solid core of currant fruit and a long firm lingering finish. JKW04/13


 

CHÂTEAU MONTROSE  Rouge

pts. 92

Merlot 37%, Cabernet Sauvignon 57%, Cabernet Franc 5%, Petit Verdot 1%

Medium to deep dark ruby red with a youthful purple hue on the rim.  Integrated aroma with attractive chocolate and cherry overtones accompanied by subtle tobacco, spice and mint nuances on the nose. Medium bodied, with a firm tannin structure and a balanced acidity. It has a solid core of refined berry fruit wrapped in wood, with a firm slight tannic finish reflective of its youth. JKW0413


 

CHATEAU PHELAN SEGUR  Rouge

pts. 87

Medium to deep black ruby, forward with slight spice, currant, liquorice and mineral notes accompanied by floral nuances. Medium body, it has a solid core of fruit and though slightly tannic, it still has good fruit to match and should develop nicely with aging. JKW04/13

 

DAME DE MONTROSE  Rouge 

pts. 88

Merlot 76%, Cabernet Sauvignon 24%

Deep dark black ruby  with a purple hue on the edges. Fragrant with hints of oak, chocolate and black currant with herbal. Medium body, it is firm with a solid core of fruit, well balanced with a rounded acidity, ripe tannins and an elegant firm finish. JKW04/13

 



CHATEAU TOUR DE PEZ Rouge 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


BORDEAUX BLANC   

 

BLANC DE LYNCH BAGES  Blanc

pts. 90

The wine has a deep lemon color with a fragrant aromatic nose with tropical overtones as it opens in the glass reminiscent of pineapple. Medium body, it is round, ripe with a solid core of mouth watering fruit.  Impressive depth and weight with a long lingering finish. JKW04/13

 


 

PAVILLON BLANC DE CHATEAU MARGAUX  Blanc 

pts. 90

Clear bright deep lemon color.  Forward nose with subtle smoky overtones accompanied by floral and citrus nuances.  Good weight and concentration on the palate, yet elegant, fresh with impressive length, revealing additional  tropical nuances on a long lingering finish. JKW04/13

 

 

 

COTES DE CASTILLION


 

 

CLOS LES LUNELLES Rouge

pts. 89

Merlot 80%, Cabernet Sauvignon 10%, Cabernet Franc 10%

Impressive depth of color it is a deep  dark opaque black ruby with a youthful purple rim.  Smooth rich and concentrated with a solid core of currant fruit with liquorices undertones.   Good weight and concentration with a long firm finish.  Built to age. JKW04/13