July 2014

July 2014


En Primeur 2013

Bordeaux was faced with a myriad of weather problems in 2013. The net result was a very small harvest, resulting in even smaller quantities of top wines as producers needed to narrow their selections further to produce wines of a reasonable quality. The reds where lighter then usual with less color, tannin and extraction and will need to be drunk earlier. However given the care and the technology employed by the Chateau owners some good wines were made.

Small quantities versus the perceived quality of the vintage was the challenge this year. In other words while many chateaux perhaps should have lowered their price more then they did to match the quality, they could not afford to do so given the very limited volumes available. So the buyers purchasing the wine had to pay more attention to the wine selected, to ensure the quality price ratio was maintained and the wine has the potential to increase in value. Indeed Pieroth selection this year was much stricter and we in fact purchased less wine this year en primeur as a  result.

J.K. Whelehan

PESSAC LEOGNAN    

CHATEAU HAUT BRION Rouge 90pts

Merlot 50% Cabernet Sauvignon 45.5% Cabernet Franc 4.5%.

The wine is a deep dark black ruby purple color.  Sophisticated and complex nose, it is still somewhat closed with only subtle blackcurrant oak, spice and chocolate undertones.  Medium-bodied, it is vibrant on the palate with a firm solid structure.  On the palate it reveals additional notes of oak, vanilla and currant fruit backed by firm velvety tannins, with a long lingering finish. But definitely for this vintage, it appears to be the best wine from this stable.

 

CHATEAU HAUT BRION Blanc 91pts

  Semillon 34% Sauvignon 66%
  Good depth and intensity of color.  The wine is a deep lemon color with a slight green tinge. It has an attractive, fresh slightly musky nose.  Medium bodied, it is lively and persistent on the palate. Well structured, rich with a long lingering finish accompanied by sherbet nuances. 

CHATEAU PAPE CLEMENT Rouge 89+ pts

Cabernet Sauvignon 55% Merlot 45% Petit Verdot 3% Cabernet Franc 2%.

60% new oak.

Impressive depth of color, it is a deep dark opaque black ruby with a youthful purple hue. Rich complex oaky toasty nose supported by lots of forward berry fruit and cassis nuances. Medium body, it is full, round and supple with a core of fresh spicy fruit accompanied by firm slightly drying tannins. Medium to firm finish with attractive blackcurrant notes lingering on.

  CHATEAU PAPE CLEMENT Blanc 90pts
 

Sauvignon 60% Semillon 40%

Medium depth color, it has a fresh aromatic nose, slightly closed, though it still exhibits hints of peach, honey, lemon and spices nuances with floral overtones.  Medium body, it is concentrated, round fresh with impressive weight for the vintages, yet still elegant. Well balanced with additional citrus notes on a long lingering finish.

CHÂTEAU SMITH HAUT LAFITE Rouge 90pts

Cabernet Sauvignon 60% Merlot 35% Cabernet Franc & Petit Verdot 5%

Medium to dark black ruby with a youthful purple hue. It has a pronounced and aromatic nose of black currant, tobacco and toasty/smoky notes, which are reflected on the palate. Medium body, it has a solid core of smooth fruit revealing additional cherry and caramel nuances,  along with ripe tannins and a long persistent slightly dry finish.

  CHÂTEAU SMITH HAUT LAFITE Blanc 90pts
  Sauvignon Blanc 90% Sauvignon Gris 5% Semillon 5%
  Medium depth of color, it is a pale straw color with slight green tinge. It has an aromatic and fragrant nose with floral overtones. Medium bodied, it is fresh and vibrant, well structured with a solid core of citrus fruit along with oak undertones on a fresh and persistent finish.


CHATEAU LA MISSION HAUT BRION Rouge 88pts

Merlot 65% Cabernet Sauvignon 32% Cabernet Franc 3%

Medium to deep color, with an elegant and integrated nose, it is fruity with blackberry and spice nuances. Medium body, it is smooth with fresh fruit flavors accompanied by hint of plum and oak. All in all it is definitely on the lighter side and is fresh and elegant with medium to long finish.

 

CHATEAU LA MISSION HAUT BRION Blanc 90pts

Semillon 76% Sauvignon 24%

Good depth of color, it is a clear bright medium straw. It has a forward and aromatic nose, with floral undertones. As it opens, it reveals hints of citrus, vanilla, lime and honey. It is fresh, persistent and lively on the palate with an excellent acidity. Overall it is balanced, with a solid core of ripe mouth watering fruit. Elegant with good verve, this is a fresh powerful wine, with a long lingering finish, which should age elegantly

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SAINT EMILION   


CHAPELLE AUSONE Rouge 87+pts

Merlot 25% Cabernet Franc 60% Cabernet Sauvignon 60% 

Yield 22 hl/ha.

Production 4,500btls

The wine is dark black ruby with a youthful purple edge. Seductive and delicate, it is almost floral, with integrated berry fruit and toast notes accompanied by blackcurrant overtones. Medium to full body, it is smooth, well balanced with a fresh acidity and a solid core of ripe fruit with attractive mineral nuances.  Well integrated, it has a long elegant vibrant finish. 

 

CHATEAU AUSONE Rouge 90+ pts

Merlot 45% Cabernet Franc 55%

Yield 22hl/ha.

Production 9,000btls

Good depth of color, it is a deep dark black ruby color with a youthful purple rim. It has a sophisticated and polished nose. Integrated with a focus on berry fruit with hints of toast, vanilla, caramel and coffee. Medium-body, elegant with a solid core of fresh fruit backed by firm rich tannins. Well crafted, it is remarkably approachable versus other years and has a long lingering almost sweet finish with the ability to age.

CHATEAU ANGELS  Rouge 90+pts

Merlot 62% Cabernet Franc 38% 

Medium depth of color, it is a deep dark black ruby color with a youthful purple hue. Attractive sophisticated nose, it shows notes of berry fruit, oak and tobacco. Medium-bodied bodied, it is harmonious and smooth with a fine acidity. Well structured, it has a solid core of ripe fruit and tannins along with attractive mineral and black currant nuances. Well balanced, stylish, it is seductive with a solid and persistent finish, which should round out nicely over the next decade.   


CHATEAU BEAU SEJOUR BECOT Rouge 90 pts

Cabernet Sauvignon  4% Merlot  75% Cabernet Franc  21%

The wine displays an impressive depth of color. Integrated nose, it reveals hints of berry fruit wrapped in toast/oak accompanied by sweet currant and liquorice undertones. Medium bodied, it has good acidity and fruit with more oak notes along with a fresh, firm, lingering finish.


CHATEAU CANON Rouge 89 pts

Merlot 35% Cabernet Franc 65%

Medium to deep color, the wine displays a youthful purple rim structure. Perfumed and elegant nose, fruity with hints of raspberries, vanilla and spice. Medium to full bodied, it is balanced and elegant yet with good weight and concentration. Over all it is smooth ripe fruit and supported by firm tannins. Well structured, it all comes together nicely on a long rich, fresh finish. One of the best yet it should age well.

CHATEAU CHEVAL BLANC  Rouge 90pts

Merlot 47% Cabernet Franc 53%

Yield 18hl/ha.

The wine is medium to deep color typical of the vintage; it is a vibrant deep ruby with a youthful purple hue on the rim. Complex, integrated nose, it reveals attractive berry fruit and subtle raspberry nuances. Medium-bodied, it is smooth, supple and elegant with a good concentration of fresh currant fruit on a long lingering finish. Well integrated, elegant though still with a firm tannin structure giving ageing potential.


CHATEAU FIGEAC Rouge 92pts

Cabernet Sauvignon 50% Merlot 30% Cabernet Franc 20%

Yield 36hl/ha.

The wine is a deep dense dark opaque black ruby color. Forward spicy, toasty, oaky nose with hints of plum, chocolate and coffee. Medium body, it has a core of persistent fresh ripe fruit, which makes it easy to appreciate. On the palate, it is firm, round with supple tannins and a fresh acidity. Well-balanced, well structure, this is an elegant wine with a long persistent finish. Probably is one of the best wines of the vintage.

 

CHATEAU MONBOUSQUET Rouge 89pts

 

Merlot  60% Cabernet Franc 30% Cabernet Sauvignon 10% 

Yield: 29hl/ha

Oak : 60% new 40% one year old.

Good depth of color, it is a deep dark opaque black ruby color with a firm rim structure. Pronounced rich nose of currant fruit wrapped in toasty oak accompanied by raspberry and plum nuances. Medium bodied, it is smooth, firm with nicely integrated tannins and a vibrant medium to long finish. Well crafted for the vintage.

 
 
 

 

CHATEAU PAVIE Rouge 91 pts

  Cabernet Sauvignon 10% Merlot 65% Cabernet Franc 25%
  Yield 26hl/ha.
  Oak : 80% new 20% one year old.
  Good depth of color, the wine is a deep dark ruby with slight purplish hue on the rim. The wine has a slightly smoky berry nose revealing chocolate and coffee undertones as it opens. Full-bodied the wine is well-structured, harmonious, firm and solid with a good concentration of rich fruit. Balanced, it is built to age.

CHATEAU PAVIE MACQUIN Rouge 90pts

  Deep dark ruby with a youthful purple hue. Integrated currant nose with oak, raspberry and spice nuances. Medium body, it is well balanced, it has firm structure, fruity with pronounced oak notes accompanied by black currant undertones. Full bodied, fresh it has a good concentration with a long persistent finish.

 

LE PETIT CHEVAL Rouge 86pts

  79% Merlot 21% Cabernet Franc
  Yield 18hl/ha.
  Medium depth of color, the wine is a deep black ruby.  Rich nose of berry fruit with blackcurrant, spice and mineral accents. Medium bodied, it is smooth, round and elegant with a good concentration of fresh rich ripe fruit. It has a pronounced Cabernet Franc character. It is elegant and eminently approachable and for early drinking with a firm finish. 
 

CHÂTEAU TROPLONG MONDOT  Rouge 90pts

Impressive depth of color, it is an opaque black ruby color with a youthful purple rim. Attractive forward fruity nose with floral notes accompanied by subtle coffee, toast, oak and raspberry nuances. Full with a solid core of rich concentrated fruit, impressive for the vintage, accompanied by vanilla overtones and a long lingering finish.

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POMEROL   

 

CHATEAU LA CABANNE  Rouge 88+ pts

Merlot 92% Cabernet Franc 8%

Yield 32hl/ha.

The wine is a clear bright medium to deep vibrant color. Forward, fragrant nose, it reveals attractive berry fruit accompanied by oak nuances. Medium body, the wine is fresh, firm and balanced with a smooth elegant finish.

 

CHATEAU LA CROIX DE GAY  Rouge 85pts

Merlot 95% Cabernet Franc 5%

Yield 32hl/ha

Medium depth of color, it has an attractive dark black ruby color. Slightly, closed nose with oak overtones and fragrant berry accents. On the palate, it has a medium body, is balanced with good extraction revealing hints of oak showing fine tannins on a medium finish.

  CHATEAU L' EGLISE CLINET Rouge 87pts

Merlot 90% Cabernet Franc 10%

Yield 34 hl/ha.

Vin de presse 3%

New barrels : 70%

Impressive for the vintage, and always consistent, it is a medium ruby color, the wine has a youthful nose, aromatic and perfumed with raspberry and coffee nuances accompanied by floral overtones. Medium body, on the palate it has a solid core of smooth ripe fruit. Firm but it is already approachable with an elegant smooth and polished finish.

 

CHATEAU CLINET Rouge 88pts

Cabernet Sauvignon 9% Merlot 90% Cabernet Franc 1%
Yield 33hl/ha.

Consistent. Impressive depth of color, it is a medium to deep black ruby with a youthful purple hue.  Concentrated and focused on the nose revealing attractive currant fruit accompanied by spice accents.  Medium body, it is solid with good weight and concentration. Silky, it reveals good depth and intensity though perhaps a slightly dry tannic finish with hints of toast.

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LALANDE DE POMEROL
 
 

LA FLEUR DE BOUARD Rouge 88pts

Impressive depth of color, the wine is a deep dense dark black ruby color with purple highlights. Youthful berry nose with hints of mineral against a background of sweet currant fruit accompanied by toast, vanilla and cassis accents. Smooth, fruity, fresh with good weight and extraction, it is firm, velvety with a long lingering finish.

 

LE PLUS - LA FLEUR DE BOUARD Rouge 90pts

Good depth of color, it is a medium to deep dark black ruby color with purple highlights. It has a fragrant aromatic berry nose with lots of attractive vanilla, toast, spice and oak nuances. Full bodied, it reveals impressive weight and concentration of ripe fruit and tannins along with additional dried fruit and toast accents. Overall smooth, well balanced with a long firm lingering finish.

 

VIEUX CHATEAU CERTAN Rouge 90pts

Merlot 92% Cabernet Franc 8%

Yield 22hl/ha.

Medium depth of color, it is a dark ruby with a purple hue on the rim. A seductive nose with hints of sweet currant fruit accompanied by floral overtones. Medium to full-bodied, it is well balanced, firm, with a rich ripe core of fruit. Supple, smooth and integrated, it all comes together on a long firm finish.

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MOULIS   


 

CHATEAU CHASSE SPLEEN Rouge 87pts

Cabernet Sauvignon 50% Merlot 44% Petit Verdot 6%

Yield 56hl/ha.

Medium depth of color, it has a forward nose with hints of blackcurrant. Light-to-medium body, it has a solid core of attractive currant fruit. It is fresh with a good acidity, is relatively smooth and vibrant, reflective of the vintage. Well balanced, it reveals a nice complexity, it should be good over the short term.

 

CHATEAU POUJEAUX Rouge 85+pts

Cabernet Sauvignon 57% Merlot 38% Petit Verdot 5%

Good color, it is a medium to dark ruby color with a youthful purple hue. It has a complex and sweet perfumed nose of ripe fruit reminiscent of blackcurrants, accompanied by oak, vanilla and spice overtones. Medium body, it is well balanced with firm integrated tannins, which is supported by a solid core of rich fruit, well crafted for the vintage the wine comes together nicely on a relatively long finish.
 

CHÂTEAU MAUCAILLOU  Rouge 85pts

Cabernet Sauvignon 58% Merlot 35% Cabernet Franc 7%

Yield 44hl/ha.

The wine is a medium to deep dark ruby. Fragrant aromatic nose with hints of blackcurrants and oak.Medium bodied, it is soft, round, fresh and fruity. This is a robust, well balanced wine with good weight and concentration accompanied by firm tannins.

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LISTRAC MEDOC

  CHATEAU CLARKE   Rouge 85pts

The wine is a clear bright medium ruby color with a youthful hint of purple on the rim. Closed initially with a currant nose it develops with a little time in the glass. Medium body, it is has a core of firm fresh fruits.  Pleasant, forward fruity good for the vintage.

 

HAUT MEDOC   

CHATEAU CAMENSAC  Rouge 86.5 pts

Medium to deep ruby color with an elegant, ripe, spicy berry nose with attractive and currant and vanilla nuances. On the palate, it is smooth, racy, well balanced wine with a firm structure. A charming wine though on the lighter side, it is good for the vintage with a firm finish.

 

CHATEAU CANTEMERLE Rouge 86.5 pts

 

Cabernet Sauvignon 55% Merlot 30% Petit Verdot 10% Cabernet Franc 5%

 

Yield 54hl/ha

  Medium depth of color, it is a deep ruby, with a youthful purple rim. Reserved and youthful on the nose it has cherry and currant undertones accompanied by floral nuance. Medium body it is light, fresh and elegant on the palate with a good balance and a clean lingering finish.

CHATEAU LA TOUR CARNET Rouge 87pts

Cabernet Sauvignon 40% Merlot 55% Cabernet Franc 3% Petit Verdot 2%

Yield 33hl/ha

Reliable from vintage to vintage, the wine has an impressive black ruby color with a youthful purple hue accompanied by a firm rim structure. Forward nose, it reveals lots of oak, plum, spice and vanilla with toasty overtones. Full-body, it exhibits a rich sweet opulent style with lots of oak complimented by soft ripe fruit and a dry clean finish.

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MARGAUX   

ALTER EGO DE PALMER Rouge 87pts

Merlot 46% Cabernet Sauvignon 46% Petit Verdot 8%

Yields were 25 hl/ha

Medium depth of color, it is a bright deep dark black rubywith a purple hue. Focused nose, it reveals blackcurrant and spice nuances accompanied by oak overtones. Medium body, it has a solid core of smooth vibrant spicy fruit backed by firm tannins. It is fresh, well balanced, and elegant with a pleasant lingering, medium to firm finish.

BLASON D'ISSAN Rouge 85pts

Merlot 57% Cabernet Sauvignon 43%

Yield 28hl/ha. (norm 49hl/ha)

Harvest : Merlot Oct 1st –Oct 6th Cabernet Sauvignon Oct 7th –  Oct 12th 

35% new oak. 

Medium depth of color it is ruby with youthful purple rim. Open nose with hints of vanilla and spice.  Light to medium body, it is fresh, smooth with a nice core of fruit augmented by hints of oak and vanilla. All in all smooth balanced pleasant early drinking.

 

CHÂTEAU BRANE CANTENAC Rouge 85pts  

Medium depth of color, it is a bright deep dark black rubywith a purple hue. Focused nose, it reveals blackcurrant and spice nuances accompanied by oak overtones. Medium body, it has a solid core of smooth vibrant spicy fruit backed by firm tannins. It is fresh, well balanced, and elegant with a pleasant lingering, medium to firm finish.

CHATEAU DESMIRAIL Rouge 86pts

The wine is a medium dark ruby red with hintsof purple on the rim. Fragrant nose offering attractive currant and strawberry nuances Light, elegant, smooth and well balanced, though it would be nice to see more weight and concentration it does have some depth. Short to medium finish.

 

CHÂTEAU DU TERTRE Rouge 87.5pts

Good depth of color, the wine is a deep dark almost black ruby red. On the nose it exhibits hints of oak, blackcurrant and plum along with floral nuances. Medium body, good weight the aromas are reflected on the palate and are complimented by firm slightly chewy tannins on a long finish. 

 

CHATEAU D'ISSAN Rouge 89pts 

Merlot 26% Cabernet Sauvignon 74% 

Yield 28hl/ha. (norm 49hl/ha)

Harvest : Merlot Oct 1st –Oct 6th Cabernet Sauvignon Oct 7th – Oct 12th

50% new oak.

Good depth of color, medium to deep dark ruby.  It shows distinctive oak overtones along with hints of spice, blackcurrant and vanilla accompanied by floral nuances.  Medium body, it is elegant with a balanced acidity supported by a solid core of fruit.  On the lighter side, yet is impressive for the vintage.
 

CHATEAU DURFORT VIVENS Rouge 85pts

The wine is a medium to deep ruby color. Reserved nose, it exhibits attractive plum undertones. Light to medium body, it is well balanced has a solid core of fresh fruit with vanilla overtones. It is lively with a firm tannic finish.

 

CHATEAU GISCOURS  Rouge 88pts

Clear bright medium to deep dark ruby with a firm rim structure. It has a perfumed nose with hints of black currant, cherries and toast. Medium body, it is fresh with ripe tannins and lots of oak on long finish.

 

CHATEAU KIRWAN Rouge 89pts

Medium to deep dark black ruby with a youthful purple hue. Perfumed nose integrted with attractive toasted oak nuances with raspberry and spice overtones. Medium body, it is fresh, fruity and well balanced, a harmonious wine with lots of berry fruit framed in oak. Powerful yet integrated making it approachable.

 

CHÂTEAU MALESCOT SAINT EXUPERY Rouge 89pts

  Cabernet Sauvignon 62% Merlot 30% Cabernet Franc 5% Petit Verdot 3%
  Classic, it exhibits a medium depth of color, a deep dark black ruby with purple overtones and a firm rim structure.  Complex and integrated nose displaying attractive notes of oak with currant fruit. Light to medium body, it is well structured, with a solid core of ripe fruit. The wine is smooth, supple and lively on the palate with a firm lingering finish. A balanced and harmonious wine, it is a success given the vintage.


CHATEAU MARGAUX Rouge 90+pts

Cabernet Sauvignon 94% Cabernet Franc 5% Petit Verdot 1%

The wine is a medium to deep dark black ruby color. Delicate nose, which reveals attractive currant fruit wrapped in oak with vanilla and floral nuances.  Medium body, it is smooth, silky with good extraction though lacking some of the richness compared with other years. Well balanced, it is fresh firm with a lingering finish. Youthful, it is an elegant, earlier drinking style.

 

CHATEAU PALMER Rouge 90pts

  Merlot 49% Cabernet Sauvignon 51% 
  Medium to deep color, it is a dark black ruby red color with a youthful purple rim. Initially closed at first, it exhibits a complex and sophisticated nose with hints of plum, charcoal, tobacco and spice nuances with attractive toasty overtones as it opens.   Medium to full-bodied, it is smooth, elegant, with a solid core of rich fruit.  Well balanced, integrated, it is firm and compact with further hints of red fruit, cherries and toast. Well constructed, it has a lively acidity, lots of fresh fruit flavors on a solid finish.

CHATEAU RAUZAN-SEGLA  Rouge 89pts

Medium to deep dark ruby, with a youthful purple hue.  It has fragrant and sophisticated nose with currant raspberry nuances accompanied by subtle floral nuances.  Medium bodied, it is soft, round and fruity with good weight and concentration.  Well balanced, it is firm yet elegant with a good acidity and a medium to long smooth finish
 

PAVILLON ROUGE DE CHATEAU MARGAUX Rouge 89pts

  Cabernet Sauvignon 84% Merlot 10% Petit Verdot 4% Cabernet Franc 2%
  Medium depth of color, the wine is a bright vibrant ruby/purple. It has fragrant nose, with oak and vanilla overtones accompanied by spice accents and floral nuances as it opens in the glass. Medium body, on the palate it is soft and seductive with good depth and intensity.  It is round, smooth and fruity revealing further vanilla tinged flavors, which are supported by an integrated tannin structure.  Fresh with a good acidity, it has persistent and complex finish.
  PAVILLON ROUGE DE CHATEAU MARGAUX  Blanc 91 pts
  Sauvignon Blanc 
 

Medium to deep color, it has a seductive and elegant nose. It is fresh, forward with wonderful hints of citrus and grapefruit intertwined with oak. On the palate, it displays impressive weight and concentration given the vintage, while revealing additional hints of oak. This is a harmonious wine, superbly balanced with a round soft lingering finish.

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SAINT JULIEN 


CHATEAU BEYCHEVELLE Rouge 89pts

Cabernet Sauvignon 55% Merlot 36% Petit Verdot 9%

Good depth of color, the wine is a clear bright medium to deep ruby color. Clean focused berry nose with attractive oak and currant nuances. Light to medium-body, it is well balanced, smooth, round and elegant with good weight and concentration supported by soft fine tannins and a fresh acidity. Good length and a medium finish, well crafted, the wine will make for pleasant drinking medium term.

 

CHÂTEAU BRANAIRE DUCRU Rouge 88pts

Cabernet Sauvignon 68% Merlot 25% Petit Verdot 5% Cabernet Franc 2%

Good depth of color, it is a clear bright deep dark ruby color with youthful purple hue. Nicely focused nose, showing hints of currants accompanied by floral nuances. Medium-body, it is fresh smooth and harmonious on the palate with firm tannins and good length and should develop nicely. 

CHÂTEAU DUCRU-BEAUCAILLOU Rouge 91pts

Cabernet Sauvignon 90% Merlot 10% 

Impressive depth of color the wine is a deep dark black ruby with a youthful purple rim.  Focused and elegant nose with lots of, toast, oak and vanilla notes reflected against a background of fresh berry fruit. Medium body, it is well balanced with smooth tannins, a lively acidity and a long lingering finish with hints of chocolate, coffee and vanilla echoing on. Though it is still young, it is elegant with potential to age. Impressive for the vintage with a long lingering slightly spicy finish

 

CHATEAU GRUAUD-LAROSE Rouge 87pys

Cabernet Sauvignon 77% Merlot 21% Cabernet Franc 2%

The wine is a clear bright ruby purple. Pronounced nose it reveals blackcurrant and oak nuances accompanied by hints of spice. Medium body, it has a solid core of fruit, a lively acidity and firm tannins. Fresh nicely focused wine, the aromas are reflected on a long lingering finish.

 

CHATEAU LEOVILLE BARTON Rouge 90pts

Cabernet Sauvignon 85% Merlot 15% 

It is a deep dark vibrant black ruby color. Perfumed and elegant nose revealing lots of oak against a background of currant fruit accompanied by floral nuances. Medium-body, with a firm structure yet has a sufficient core of fruit to provide for the long term, should develop nicely with age. As always it is consistent even in average vintages 

 
 

 

 

CHATEAU LEOVILLE LAS CASES Rouge 90pts

Cabernet Sauvignon 74% Merlot 12% Cabernet Franc 14%

Good depth of color, wine is a deep medium dark black ruby color with a vibrant purple rim. Pronounced nose revealing smoky toasty oak nuances.  As it opens it reveals additional tobacco and mineral nuances. Medium body, the wine has a solid core of ripe soft integrated fruit and wood while the aromas are reflected on the palate, backed by an integrated tannin system. Well balanced, elegant with a long smooth finish.
 

CHATEAU TALBOT Rouge 86+pts

Cabernet Sauvignon 80% Merlot 16% Petit Verdot 4%

Good depth of color, it is a bright deep dark ruby purple. It is fragrant and aromatic on the nose exhibiting hints of berry fruit accompanied by floral nuances. On the palate, it is medium bodied, well balanced with a solid core of fruit revealing plum undertones backed by firm tannins. But despite that it is already quite smooth well balanced and approachable with a fresh finish.


CLOS DU MARQUIS Rouge 86+ pts

Merlot 18% Cabernet Sauvignon 73% Cabernet Franc 9% 

Medium depth of color, it is a deep dark black ruby with a youthful purple the rim.  Slightly closed nose with hints of currants accompanied by vanilla and spice undertones. Medium body, it is smooth light and elegant, a well-balanced wine revealing a solid core of juicy ripe fruit and oak. Well crafted, with a velvety texture, it is further complimented by a medium finish.


LA CROIX DE BEAUCAILLOU Rouge 86.5pts

Cabernet Sauvignon 52% Merlot 45% Petit Verdot 4%

Good depth of color, the wine is a deep dark black ruby color with a purple hue on the edges.  It is still tight and closed on the nose, needing time to open to reveal blackberry, vanilla and floral nuances.  Medium body, it reveals a solid core of fresh fruit and supple tannins while revealing a deft use oak.  All in all smooth, it is supple and fresh with a long firm persistent finish.

 

CHÂTEAU LAGRANGE  Rouge 88pts

Cabernet Sauvignon 75% Merlot 21% Petit Verdot 4%

The wine is a clear bright dark ruby.  It has a reserved nose, fruity with hints of oak, currant and spices. Medium body, it is fresh, firm with a solid core of fruit. It has good power and weight with hints of oak and vanilla on a lingering finish.

 

CHÂTEAU LALANDE-BORIE Rouge 90pts

Cabernet Sauvignon 70% Merlot 26% Cabernet-Franc 4%

The wine displays an intense deep dark ruby color, with a youthful purple rim. Rich complex nose, it reveals aromas of raspberry and currant fruit wrapped in vanilla with floral undertones. Medium body, it is firm, fresh balanced with a good concentration of fruit and a long smooth finish with perhaps a touch of herbaceousness. Charming with lots of class.


PETIT LION DE LEOVILLE LAS CASES Rouge 87pts

Cabernet Sauvignon 46% Merlot 53% Cabernet Franc 1%

Medium black ruby color, the wine has a forward fruity nose with hints of blackcurrant, tobacco and oak.  Medium body, it is fresh and elegant with nicely integrated tannins making it easy to approach while young.

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PAUILLAC   


 

CHATEAU CLERC MILON Rouge 87pts

  Cabernet Sauvignon 58% Merlot 27% Cabernet Franc 12% Petit Verdot 2% Carmenere 1%
  Medium to deep dark black ruby with violet hues. The wine has aromatic and perfumed nose, which is rich, forward slightly sweet, revealing raspberry, currant, toast and vanilla undertones. Medium body, it has a solid core of fruit wrapped in oak, which echoes on a persistent finish. Well balanced with a good structure, though perhaps the finish is a little short. Classic Pauillac
 

CHÂTEAU HAUT BAGES LIBERAL Rouge 86+ pts

Medium depth of color, aromatic it exhibits hints of berry fruit and spice. Medium body, it is well balanced, vibrant with a firm slightly tannic finish though should harmonize with time.

CHÂTEAU DUHART MILON ROTHSCHILD Rouge 87pts

Cabernet Sauvignon 80% Merlot 20% 

Medium depth of color, it is a deep dark opaque black ruby. It has a forward and perfumed nose of berry fruit accompanied by pronounced cherry, cedar and tobacco nuances. Medium body, it is round and fresh with a firm integrated structure accompanied by a pronounced yet balanced acidity and a medium finish.

  CHÂTEAU LAFITE ROTHSCHILD Rouge 90pts
  Cabernet Sauvignon 98% Merlot 2%
  The wine is a deep dark black ruby. Classic nose, concentrated exhibiting hints of vanilla, oak, currant, raspberry, tobacco and pencil lead accompanied by floral nuances. Medium body, it has a solid core of fresh juicy fruit with black currant undertones. It is elegant with a firm integrated structure and a pronounced yet balanced acidity. It all comes together on a long harmonious and lingering finish. Classic Pauillac. 
  LE PETIT MOUTON DE MOUTON ROTHSCHILD Rouge 89pts
  Cabernet Sauvignon 93% Merlot 7% 
  Good color. It is a medium to deep intense ruby with a youthful purple rim. Aromatic nose with hints of blackberry, oak, vanilla, chocolate, spice and toast. Medium body, it is silky with good weight and concentration lifted by a vibrant acidity. Fresh, balanced and elegant, it is still youthful and has a firm tannin structure along with a medium to firm finish.

CHATEAU LYNCH-BAGES Rouge 89pts

Cabernet Sauvignon 72% Merlot 20% Cabernet Franc 6% Petit Verdot 2%  

Good depth of color. It is a deep dark black ruby color with a youthful purple rim. Fragrant showing smoky/toasty overtones accompanied by vanilla, blackcurrants, pepper with floral nuances. Medium body, it is fresh, deceptively soft and fruity but still with some formidable tannins and a persistent finish. 


BLANC DE LYNCH-BAGES Blanc 89pts

Sauvignon 54% Semillon 20% Muscadelle 18%

Medium depth of color, it has an aromatic and fragrant nose showing citrus and apricot nuances accompanied by floral overtones. Medium body, it is smooth, vibrant and fruity, impeccably balanced with nicely integrated oak and a long and persistent finish.


LES FORTS DE LATOUR Rouge 89pts

Cabernet Sauvignon 66.5% Merlot 31.5%  

The wine is a deep dark black ruby with a youthful purple hue and a firm rim structure. Complex nose with hints of cedar accompanied by subtle raspberry, spice and oak undertones. Medium bodied, the wine is rich, round, fresh and elegant with a firm yet integrated structure. Well balanced with a medium finish.  


CHÂTEAU GRAND PUY DUCASSE Rouge 86 pts

The wine has a medium to deep dark bright ruby color with a hint of purple on the rim. Aromatic nose, it reveals forward oak, cassis and vanilla aromas. Medium body though on the lighter side, on the palate it reveals a lot of oak and a fresh vibrant acidity. It is smooth with velvety tannins and a solid finish and should get better with age.

  CHÂTEAU MOUTON ROTHSCHILD Rouge 90pts
  Cabernet Sauvignon 89% Merlot 7% Cabernet Franc 4%
  Good depth of color, the wine is a deep dark ruby with a youthful purple rim. Seductive and perfumed nose, it reveals hints of raspberries, blackberry, toast, cassis with oak overtones accompanied by subtle floral and spice nuances. Full bodied, it is supple and polished with distinctive wood overtones, a solid core of rich ripe fruit, velvety tannins and a long harmonious finish with hints of chocolate and toast echoing on. Elegant powerful it is a classic Pauillac.
  CHÂTEAU PICHON BARON LONGUEVILLE Rouge 88pts
  Cabernet Sauvignon 82% Merlot 18%
  Good depth of color, it is an intense black ruby color with a youthful purple rim structure. Focused elegant nose of berry fruit, cherries and oak. Medium body, it is soft, smooth and charming with good weight and concentration for the vintage. Well balanced with a firm structure and rich ripe integrated tannins. Soft, spicy harmonious finish.
 

CHATEAU PICHON COMTESSE LALANDE Rouge 90pts

Cabernet Sauvignon 100%  

Deep dark black ruby with a youthful purple hue on the edges. Attractive and integrated nose of blackcurrant fruit wrapped in oak with plum, and blackberry overtones. Medium body, velvety, it has a strong oak character but complimented by a solid core of currant fruit, which echoes on a long lingering finish. Firm yet ripe, exhibiting integrated tannins, which lend structure and are supported by a balanced acidity giving a remarkably elegant cabernet which should age nicely.

  RESERVE DE LA COMTESSE Rouge 88pts
  Cabernet Sauvignon 76% Merlot 6% Cabernet Franc 8% Petit Verdot 10%
  Medium depth of color, it is a black ruby with a purple rim. Fragrant ripe berry nose it reveals hints of raspberry, tea and oak.  Medium body, it is well balanced with a solid core of fruit which echoes on a long elegant finish.

CHÂTEAU PONTET CANET Rouge 90pts

Cabernet Sauvignon 65% Merlot 30% Cabernet Franc 4% Petit Verdot 1%

Medium depth of color, it is a deep dark black ruby with a youthful purple hue. Forward nose, it reveals hints of oak and blackcurrant accompanied by smoky/floral undertones. Medium body, it is balanced, with good depth and weight, which is further complimented by solid velvety tannins. It has a solid core of fruit wrapped in oak, which lingers on a long fresh finish. Somewhat Burgundian in style!


LES CARRUADES DE LAFITE Rouge 88pts

Cabernet Sauvignon 64% Merlot 29% Cabernet Franc 4% Petit Verdot 3%

The wine is a medium deep dark black ruby with a youthful purple rim. It has a fragrant nose of currant fruit accompanied by cedar and chocolate nuance wrapped in oaks and revealing floral overtones. Medium body, it is balanced, elegant and fresh with a solid core of fresh juicy fruit wrapped in oak. This is another classic well-balanced wine.

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CHATEAU CALON SEGUR Rouge 88pts

  Cabernet Sauvignon 92% Merlot 6% Petit Verdot 2%
  The wine is a clear bright medium to deep ruby color. It has a fresh forward berry nose with hints of oak, plum, vanilla and black currant accompanied by a touch of spice. Medium-bodied, it is smooth, round and delicately balanced on the palate. A sophisticated and polished wine, it has a good texture, a core of vibrant ripe fruit and soft tannins.
 

CHATEAU COS D'ESTOURNEL  Rouge 93pts

  Cabernet Sauvignon 78% Merlot 20% Cabernet Franc 2%
  Impressive color, the wine is a deep dark opaque black ruby color with a youthful purple rim. It has an attractive nose of ripe blackcurrant fruit accompanied by toasty, oak and mixed spice nuances. Medium bodied, it has firm tannins, a solid core of ripe berry fruit which is accompanied by attractive toasty nuances. Powerful but balanced, it is always smooth, polished and well balanced wine with a long lingering finish.
  CHATEAU COS D'ESTOURNEL Blanc 90pts
  Sauvignon 76% Semillon 24%
  Clear bright pale lemon yellow. It has an attractive nose of citrus fruit accompanied by floral nuances. Medium bodied, it is fresh vibrant and fruit focused with a touch of minerality. Well crafted, impeccably balanced, it is a smooth, elegant wine with a long lingering finish. Well done!

 

CHATEAU PHELAN SEGUR  Rouge 86pts

  Cabernet Sauvignon 40% Merlot 60%.
  Good depth of color, the wine is a deep black ruby color with a firm rim structure. Forward nose of fresh currant fruit with subtle floral nuances. Medium bodied, it is smooth with a solid core of vibrant fruit. All in all, it is well balanced with moderate weight and concentration, firm slightly dry tannins and a medium to long finish.
 

LA DAME DE MONTROSE  Rouge 84pts

  Cabernet Sauvignon 18% Merlot 69% Cabernet Franc 13%
  The wine has a dark ruby red color with a youthful purple rim. Slightly floral nose, it reveals hints of cassis and pepper with herbal undertones. Medium bodied, it is smooth, supple and fresh with a core of vibrant currant fruit and a medium finish.
  CHÂTEAU MONTROSE ROUGE 87.5pts
  Cabernet Sauvignon 68% Merlot 29% Petit Verdot 3%
  Medium dark black ruby red with a youthful purple hue on the edges. Forward nose with attractive berry overtones accompanied by subtle cassis, tobacco and spice notes on the nose. Full-bodied, it is rich, fruity with a pronounced tannin structure and acidity.  Solid but will need time.

CHÂTEAU LAFON-ROCHET Rouge 87pts

Cabernet Sauvignon 70% Merlot 30% 

Medium depth of color. Intense sweet ripe berry nose of blackberry, plum and cedar. Medium body, it is fresh with good weight,  concentration and length. 

 

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Beaujolais Nouveau 2014
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.