Jasper Morris, Inside Burgundy, 91 points. Bottled end November, which is the usual time. Fresh ruby purple, and the fruit also is fresher on the nose, very attractive. I can still perceive the sunshine on the skins but this is very juicy succulent and will give great pleasure. Tasted: February 2022. The Greeks called the holly “agria” (wild plant). The Romans latinised this into agrifolium, aquifolium. This plot may have been given this name because it was covered by thorny plants before it was planted with vines. Located next to the famous Clos des Mouches, in the middle of the slope, Les Aigrots faces east. The stony soil of...
Albert Morot Beaune 1er Cru Les Bressandes 2019 [BH 91]
Burghound 91 points. Organic. "A plethora of floral elements, especially violet, combines with notes of spiced plum and cherry. The medium weight flavors are not as concentrated but they're finer thanks to the fine-grained tannins shaping the bitter cherry pit-inflected finish that is both dusty and refreshing finish. This needs better depth, but the development potential appears promising." AM April 2021 With an area of 1, 27 ha, this plot located in the middle of the hillside looks to the Southeast. Its soil has a good balance between limestone, silt and clay. A name derives from a former owner a canon of the 13th...
Albert Morot Beaune 1er Cru Les Bressandes 2020 [BH 90-93]
Burghound 90-93 points. Jasper Morris, Inside Burgundy, 90-92 points. A pink-purple tinge to the colour at the edges. Darker purple in the middle. Quite a sumptuous bouquet of super ripe fruit. Three tanks, one of which has been vinified with whole bunches. Dense succulent dark fruit but nothing cooked. Firm tannins right at the back, but easily enough fruit to cover them. In the sunny style of 2020 yet in balance - but you will need to wait. Tasted: February 2022. With an area of 1, 27 ha, this plot located in the middle of the hillside looks to the Southeast. Its soil has a good balance between limestone, silt and clay. A name...
Albert Morot Beaune 1er Cru Les Cent Vignes 2019 [BH 90]
Burghound 90 points. Organic. "Here the nose is mildly reduced though I suspect that it will pass quickly. Otherwise there is fine freshness and verve to the more refined middle weight flavors that also possess good underlying tension while exhibiting good length on the textured finish where the only nit is a hint of warmth. This too could use more depth but it's already attractive." AM April 2021 Burghound This 1.27-hectare vineyard (3 acres) is located at the bottom of the slope. It enjoys a soil composed mainly of clay and loams. Pottery fragments found in this vineyard show that this was a farming settlement in Gallo-Roman...
Albert Morot Beaune 1er Cru Les Marconnets 2019 [BH 92]
Burghound 92 points. Organic. "A cool and airy blend is composed by notes of poached plum, black cherry, raspberry and an interesting hint of clove. The beautifully textured middle weight flavors possess a caressing and sappy mouthfeel that also contrasts with the dusty, youthfully austere and markedly firm finale. This too is very promising though it's a wine that's going to need at least 5 to 7 years of cellaring first." AM April 2021 Burghound This plot of 67 acres is located at the top of the hill and looks to the southeast. It enjoys a limestone soil mixed with silt, sand and clay. This climat extends on both Beaune...
Albert Morot Beaune 1er Cru Les Marconnets 2020 [BH 90-93]
Burghound 90-93 points. "Discreet touches of wood and menthol can be found on the ripe aromas of poached plum, warm earth and black raspberry. The lilting but very punchy medium-bodied flavors possess fine mid-palate density thanks to the abundance of mouth coating sap that also serves to buffer the very firm, and firmly austere, finale where a hint of warmth appears. This is also quite good, but patience absolutely required." This plot of 67 acres is located at the top of the hill and looks to the southeast. It enjoys a limestone soil mixed with silt, sand and clay. This climat extends on both Beaune and Savigny communes. This...
Albert Morot Beaune 1er Cru Les Teurons 2019 [BH 93]
Burghound 93 points. Organic. Located in the middle of the slope with a south-easterly exposure, the soil of this one-hectare plot (2.5 acres) is mainly limestone, enjoying a good balance of loams, sands and clay. Its name, “Les Teurons” (or “Les Theurons”), may be derived from Turno, meaning a small rise of land – a landscape feature that does exist at this location. These deeply-coloured wines are often full-bodied and powerful. Well balanced, they reveal great richness. They are the perfect accompaniment for Eggs Meurette, meat in sauce, game birds or hard pressed cheeses (Cîteaux, Saint Nectaire,...
Albert Morot Beaune 1er Cru Les Teurons 2020 [JM 92]
Jasper Morris, Inside Burgundy, 92 points. From the upper part of the vineyard, bottled in November. Medium deep crimson purple. Whether the earlier bottling has calmed it down or not, this wine is less exotically seductive than some of the others. It is still sufficiently sumptuous to give pleasure but there is a little enjoyable restraint also, with some well-integrated tannins to finish. Good length. Tasted: February 2022
Albert Morot Beaune 1er Cru Les Toussaints 2018 [WE 93]
Wine Enthusiast 93 points. Only the merest hint of tar and black cherry can be made out on the shy nose of this wine. Black cherry appears on the juicy, ripe but fresh palate, leaving the tar as a mere footnote and emphasizing juicy freshness and robust tannins. The nish has a little heat but speaks of the rounded, full-bodied generosity of 2018. - A.K. Published 12/1/2020. Facing south-west, this plot of 77 ares (2 acres) has a soil combining loam, clay and limestone. This vineyard, “protected by all the saints”, produces rich wines with a nose of red fruits and good complexity in the mouth. It can be served with “jambon...
Albert Morot Beaune 1er Cru Les Toussaints 2020 [BH 89-92]
Burghound 89-92 points. Facing south-west, this plot of 77 ares (2 acres) has a soil combining loam, clay and limestone. This vineyard, “protected by all the saints”, produces rich wines with a nose of red fruits and good complexity in the mouth. It can be served with “jambon persillé”, red meats or goat’s cheese.
Albert Morot Beaune Dessus Marconnets 2019 [BH 89]
Burghound 89 points. Organic. This 10 acres is located at the top of the slope, just above Marconnets’ vines. A village appellation which does not have to take a back seat to the 1st crus’ neighborhood : You will be enchanted by its richness and distinction !
Antonin Guyon Aloxe Corton 1er Cru Les Fournieres 2016 [BH 90-93]
Burghound 90-93. "A cool, ripe and unusually elegant nose blends notes of pure essence of red cherry with those of dark raspberry and a hint of forest floor. The more typical character of a fine Fournières emerges on the palate however as the robust and powerful big-bodied flavors possess plenty of muscle on the very firmly constituted finish where a hint of warmth can be found. This is a very impressive showing and one that is highly recommended if you have the patience to cellar it." April 2017 ALOXE-CORTON 1ER CRU LES FOURNIERES SITUATION ALOXE-CORTON is one of the villages of the North of the Côte de Beaune. It...
Antonin Guyon Pernand -V Vergelesses1er Cru 2015 [BH 89-92]
Burghound 89-92. "A deft touch of wood sets off brooding and deeply pitched aromas of dark currant, violet and a hint of humus. There is excellent power and concentration to the sleek, intense and stony flavors that evidence obvious muscle that really comes up on the palate coating finish. This robust effort manages to stop short of displaying any overt rusticity but at least some patience will be required." BH April 2017 PERNAND-VERGELESSES 1ER CRU LES VERGELESSES SITUATION PERNAND-VERGELESSES is located between the municipalities of Aloxe-Corton and Savigny-lès-Beaune. This Premier Cru is one of the best, very close to the...
Antonin Guyon Pernand Vergelesses 2015 [BH 89-92]
"A deft touch of wood sets off brooding and deeply pitched aromas of dark currant, violet and a hint of humus. There is excellent power and concentration to the sleek, intense and stony flavors that evidence obvious muscle that really comes up on the palate coating finish. This robust effort manages to stop short of displaying any overt rusticity but at least some patience will be required." Alan Meadows, Burghound, April 2017 #DEC
Bosquet des Papes A La Gloire de mon Grand Pere 2018 [WA 94]
Jeb Dunnuck 93-95 points. Wine Advocate 94 points. Deeper, earthier and spicier than the other bottlings, the 2018 Châteauneuf du Pape A la Gloire de Mon Grand-Père is essentially all old-vine Grenache from the La Gardiole lieu dit. Dustings of cinnamon, allspice and clove accent black cherries and loam on the nose, while the full-bodied palate is rich and velvety, ending long and softly dusty. It should be the longest-lived of the magnificent trio of 2018 reds produced at Bosquet des Papes. JC Sep 2020.
Bosquet des Papes A La Gloire de mon Grand Pere 2019 [WS 96]
Jeb Dunnuck Almost all Grenache (there are splashes of Cinsault and Clairette), the 2019 Châteauneuf Du Pape A La Gloire De Mon Grand-Père was 50% destemmed and brought up in a mix of foudres and demi-muids. It has a riper, sexy bouquet of kirsch liqueur, black raspberries, toasted spices, dried flowers, and sweet Provençal garrigue to go with a full-bodied, beautifully textured, seamless style on the palate. It still has a classic feel, yet there’s certainly more fruit and opulence here compared to the more concentrated, masculine style of the Chante Le Merle cuvée. This beauty is going to drink nicely right...
Bosquet des Papes Al La Gloire de mon Grand Pere 2017 [WA 94]
WA 94 Because of its rich tannic structure, I expect the 2017 Châteauneuf du Pape A la Gloire de Mon Grand-Père to be among the longer-lived wines from this estate. It's loaded with concentrated notes of plums, raspberries and cherries, all delivered on a full-bodied, velvety palate and ending with chewy tannins and salted licorice.JC Aug 2019.
Bosquet des Papes CDP La Folie 2019 [WA 94-96]
Wine Advocate 94-96. A blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Mourvèdre from a one-hectare parcel in the Mont Redon lieu-dit, the 2019 Chateauneuf du Pape la Folie was still in barrel at the time of my visit. Produced only in exceptional vintages (2007, 2015, 2016), it offers up notes of cedar, vanilla and mint alongside ripe black cherries. It's not new oak, but it must still be relatively young, and the result is a big, rich, rather New World-styled wine guaranteed to please open-minded hedonists and horrify stodgy traditionalists. Velvety, plush and long on the finish, there's no denying the quality here, although whether you will...
Bosquet des Papes CDP Chante Le Merle V Vignes 2019 [WS 95]
Jeb Dunnuck 94-96 points. Moving to the old vine cuvée, which is a blend of 85% Grenache and 15% Mourvèdre, the 2019 Châteauneuf Du Pape Chante Le Merle Vieilles Vignes reveals a deeper ruby/purple color as well as a richer, slightly more powerful bouquet of blackcurrants, jammy black cherries, roasted garrigue, black licorice, and assorted background notes of spicy meatiness. It’s full-bodied and has a beautiful mid-palate, building tannins, and a great finish. This is another classic yet ripe, pure, and beautifully balanced wine from this estate that will benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age and keep for 15+ years...
Bosquet des Papes CDP Chante Le Merle V Vignes 2020 [WA 93-95]
Wine Advocate 93-95 points. From 80-year-old vines, mainly in Mont Redon, the 2020 Chateauneuf du Pape Chante le Merle Vieilles Vignes was made using only whole bunches. As a result, it's spicy, stemmy and herbal at first, with peppery, minty notes adding nuance to the deep fruit flavors of black cherries and blackberries. Full-bodied, rich and salty-stemmy on the long finish, this is a terrific-looking effort. JC May 2022.
Bosquet des Papes CDP Cuvee Tradition Rouge 2019 [WS 94]
Wine Spectator 94 points. This has a core of warmed plum sauce and cherry compote notes laced liberally with singed sandalwood, red tea and tobacco leaf flavours. Accents of perfumed fruit, singed chestnut, shies leaf and the lightly dusty structure mark the old school finish. JM. Wine Advocate. More concentrated and slightly darker-fruited than the 2020, the 2019 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvée Tradition boasts scents of clove and allspice alongside ripe cherries. It's full-bodied and richly tannic but also mouthwatering and long. It's a sturdy CdP that can be drunk young with grilled beef or lamb or aged and then paired with...
Ch de Fonbel St Emilion Grand Cru 2019 [JR 16]
St Emilion JAMES LAWTHER MW - JANCIS ROBINSON 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Carmenère. Barrel sample.Fresh fruit aroma and flavour with a savoury edge. Palate lively, juicy, with light, chalky tannins. Simple but appetising. Score: 16/20. This estate has a long history that dates back to the time when the ancient Romans were active in Saint-Émilion and cultivated grapes for wine. However, the modern era for the Château de Fonbel began in 1971, when Alain Vauthier bought the estate. It also has the 1er Grand Cru Classé A Château Ausone , Château Moulin Saint Georges but also the Grand Cru...
Ch L'Evangile 2019 (Ex-OWC 6) [Dec 98-100]
Pomerol Decanter 98-100 points. From the very first moment your nose approaches the glass you know something special is happening. Seductive, rich, mouth-filling to the point that you really understand what that means. Just pops out of your mouth, with evident density of luscious blackberry and brambled raspberry fruit but also vertical climb through the palate. Violet notes marry with baked earth, grilled liquorice, tension and seduction. Highest level of Cabernet Franc in the blend in recent history, and first time that they have used all of the Cabernet Franc available in the vineyard - also first time to have this touch of Cabernet...
Chateau Barde Haut 2020 [JD 94-96]
94-96 Points, Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com: “Coming from a gorgeous vineyard on the eastern, cooler side of Saint-Emilion, and 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, the 2020 Château Barde-Haut has a bright, juicy, yet powerful bouquet of ripe blue fruits, scorched earth, tobacco, and cedary herbs. It has a kiss of background oak (it’s aging in 60% new barrels), medium to full-bodied richness, a ripe, textured mouthfeel, and serious underlying structure that comes out with time in the glass. It should have some upfront appeal, yet smart money is on giving bottles at least 4-5 years of bottle age, and it will keep for 2-3...
Chateau Bellefont -Belcier 2020 [JS 96-97]
96-97 Points, James Suckling, jamessuckling.com: “A very sophisticated, layered red with dark-plum, chocolate and walnut character. It’s full and flavorful with a cashmere-like texture. Flavorful at the end.” 4/21 93-95 Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous: "The 2020 Bellefont-Belcier is a dark, brooding beauty. Intense red-toned fruit graphite, leather, cedar and incense give the 2020 layers of aromatic dimension. More than anything else I am impressed by how well the potent tannins are integrated. Bellefont-Belcier is still a powerful wine, but not the behemoth of years past. Sweet floral notes and red toned fruit perk up...
Chateau Bellefont-Belcier 2019 [JS 95]
St Emilion Very attractive plum and cherry aromas with hints of flowers and wet earth, following through to a medium to full body with linear, polished tannins and a juicy finish. Juicy fruit to finish with some minerality and forest-flower undertones. A little tight, but very pure at the end. Drink after 2025. - James Suckling 95 points. The 2019 Bellefont-Belcier was very impressive from barrel, and I have no reason to change that view in bottle. This is beautifully defined on the nose, which features vivacious red fruit laced with graphite and crushed stone. The palate is medium-bodied with finely chiseled tannins, fine tension and an...
Chateau Bellegrave 2019 Paullac [JS 93]
James Suckling 93 points. "This is a big wine with lots of blackberry and blueberry character and hints of walnuts. It’s medium-bodied with a juicy finish. Balanced." JS. Wine Advocate 90 points The 2019 Bellegrave (Pauillac) is showing nicely in bottle, offering up aromas of cassis and plums mingled with hints of pencil shavings and vanilla pod. Medium to full-bodied, velvety and seamless, it's elegantly layered, with powdery tannins, succulent acids and a lingering finish. This is a fine effort for this 8.30-hectare family-owned château. #Assem
Chateau Berliquet 2020 [WA 94-96]
Wine Advocate 94-96 Points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2020 Berliquet is composed of 69% Merlot and 31% Cabernet Franc, weighing in at 14.5% alcohol. It is aging in French oak barrels, 50% new. Deep purple-black colored, it trots casually out of the glass with effortlessly flamboyant scents of stewed black cherries, warm plums and baked blackberries, plus hints of chocolate mint, violets and licorice with a touch of fertile loam. The medium to full-bodied palate is very tightly wound with layers of ripe black fruits and earthy accents, framed by finely grained tannins and tons of freshness, finishing...
Chateau Branaire Ducru 2020 [AG 94-96]
94-96 Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous: "The 2020 Branaire-Ducru is utterly magnificent. A wine of extraordinary depth and dimension, the 2020 possesses tremendous intensity right out of the gate. Inky dark fruit, chocolate, new leather, licorice, cloves and lavender build as into the explosive, palate-staining finish. I don't think I have ever tasted a Branaire quite like this. " 06/21. 95 Points, James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com: "Plenty of blackberry, blueberry, lead pencil and violet aromas here that follow through to a full body, with ultra-fine tannins that run the length of the wine. So integrated and polished....
Chateau Brane Cantenac 2020 [JS 98]
Blackberries, plums, currants, tobacco and violets on the nose. Bitter chocolate and mocha, too. It’s refined and focused, with a medium to full body and firm, tightly-knit tannins. Very long, laser-focused and polished. Very classy. Best of the trilogy. Try after 2027. - James Suckling 98 points. #20
Chateau Carbonnieux 2019 [JS 94]
Graves JS94 Rated 94 by James Suckling Black fruit, dried sage, charred bark, lavender, graphite and oyster shell on the nose. It’s full-bodied with firm, tightly wound tannins. Focused. Excellent tannin framing. Best yet. 65% cabernet sauvignon, 25% merlot, 5% cabernet franc and 5% petit verdot. Try in 2026. JD94 Rated 94 by Jeb Dunnuck The 2019 Château Carbonnieux sports a deep purple/ruby hue to go with a brilliant nose of red and black currants, spring flowers, spicy oak, and hints of tobacco. It's beautiful on the palate as well and is medium to full-bodied, has a seamless, elegant texture, ripe tannins, and a great...
Chateau Carlmagnus 2019 [WA 90-92]
Fronsac Wine Advocate 90-92 points. The deep garnet-purple colored 2019 Carlmagnus bursts from the glass with ripe black and blue fruit notions of plums preserves, blueberry compote and blackberry pie with hints of hoisin, licorice and clove oil plus a touch of dark chocolate. The full-bodied, rich, seductive palate is laden with spicy black fruits and a beautifully velvety texture, finishing with a peppery lift. LPB Jun 2020. #end19
Chateau Charmail 2019 [VM 92]
Medoc Vinous Media 92 points. The 2019 Charmail has an understated bouquet that unfolds with aeration, revealing pretty red berry fruit, rose petal and crushed stone. I admire the focus here. The palate is rounded, sweet and nicely poised, with nice grip. A little oak toward the finish suggests this will age with style. Very fine. Wine Advocate 90-92 points. Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2019 Charmail rolls out of the glass with notions of plum preserves, baked cherries and fruitcake plus hints of spice box, gingerbread and pencil shavings. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has bags of spicy black fruit preserves on offer with a...
Chateau Charmail 2020 [JS 91-92] Haut-Medoc
Very attractive red with blackberry and blackcurrant aromas and flavors. Medium to full body. Creamy tannins. Pretty purity to this. 91-92 points James Suckling jamessuckling.com May 2021. #20
Chateau Clement Pichon 2020 [VV 92] Haut-Medoc
"On the nose, fruity, elegant and offers a nice ripe/sparkling fruit, gourmandize, good definition and fine concentration. It reveals notes of fleshy/ripe black currant, bursting boysenberry and more lightly violet combined with hints of morello cherry, fleshy blue berry, licorice stick as well as subtle touches of cardamom, graphite and a subtle waft of tea. On the palate, fruity, balanced and offers a mineral/fine acid framework, juiciness, elegance as well as gourmandize, richness, concentration, energy, sweetness and density/blackness. The wine expresses pulpy/juicy blackberry, ripe dark berry and more lightly violet notes with...
Chateau Clinet 2020 [WA 96-98] Pomerol
Wine Advocate 96-98 points. The 2020 Clinet (a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon) has an opaque purple-black color, needing a little coaxing to unleash bold, powerful notes of plum preserves, blueberry compote and black raspberries, followed by suggestions of cracked black pepper, menthol, cedar chest and rose oil with a hint of licorice. The big, rich, full-bodied palate is a powerhouse, bursting with impactful black and blue fruit preserves flavors, supported by ripe, rounded tannins and seamless freshness, finishing very long and fantastically perfumed. Falstaff 95 points. Deep ruby, opaque core, purple reflections...
Chateau Cos d'Estournel 2017 [WA 98+]
Wine Advocate 98+ points. Composed of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc, yields for the grand vin in 2017 were 43 hectoliters per hectare, and it was aged in 60% new oak. It came in at an alcohol of 13% and an IPT of 68. Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2017 Cos d'Estournel needs a little coaxing to unfurl, revealing beautiful expressions of preserved plums, boysenberries, blackcurrant pastilles and wild blueberries with hints of Indian spices, menthol, lilacs and mossy tree bark plus a compelling suggestion of iron ore. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has a solid backbone of firm, grainy tannins...
Chateau Croizet Bages 2019 [JS 93] Pauillac
Paulliac James Suckling 93 points. Blackcurrants, spices and blueberries with some lead pencil on the nose. Medium body with fine tannins that are polished and pretty. Nice finish. Not the most structured 2019, but very attractive and well crafted. Drink after 2025. #end19 #LAST
Château D'Issan 2018 3 Litre (JS 96)
96 points. jamessuckling.com, March 2021 Aromas of blackberry, plum, cocoa, iodine, clove and graphite. It’s medium-to full-bodied with firm, silky tannins. Tightly wound and mineral at the moment, with dusty gravel and graphite notes, yet with focus and precision. Such balance and harmony for the vintage. Try from 2025.
Chateau d'Issan 2020 [D 96] Margaux
96 points, Decanter. "This is a sinewy, powerful and forward-moving wine with a sense of momentum. Moreish, with the elegance and plump damson fruits that Issan delivers so well, but more muscular than some years with the impact of both Petit Verdot and Malbec that are in the blend for the first time in this vintage. These add layers of spice and the overall architecture is clear. Peony and violet notes add a kick upwards on the finish, this has a delicacy even though it is intense. Less Cabernet in the blend in 2020 than in 2019, as is often the case in the Médoc due to low yields. This new blend in Issan will be seen going...
Chateau de Malleret 2020 [WA 90-92] Haut Medoc
"Dark ruby, opaque core, purple reflections, discreet ochre brightening on rim. Dark wild berry fruit with a hint of nougat, ripe cherries, inviting bouquet. Juicy, fine cherry fruit, good freshness, vivid tannins, dark chocolate on the finish, certain ageing potential.." - 91/100, Falstaff. Wine Advocate 90-92. A blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot, the 2020 De Malleret is aging for 12 months in French oak barrels, one-third new. Deep purple-black colored, it offers an impressively pure nose of crushed blackcurrants, fresh blackberries and black cherries, plus hints of dried Provence herbs, dark...
Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou La Croix Beaucaillou 2020 [Dec 95] St Julien
So much purity and definition, this is a beautiful wine with clarity of flavour. Touches of grilled almond and rosemary, mocha, smoke and coffee bean, there is so much freshness, with juice rushing in between the muscles and a mint leaf finish. 3.78pH, 60% new oak. Yields were 25-30hl/ha. In a year where second wines in the Médoc have sometimes suffered from over-concentration, La Croix de Beaucaillou is a standout success. - Jane Anson, Decanter. 95 points. This is really serious. It’s full-bodied, tight and linear with fantastic length. Racy, so fine and intense. Very fine tannins. One of the best Croix Ducru. 53% cabernet...
Chateau Ferriere 2020 [JS 95-96] Margaux
James Suckling Full-bodied with layers of bark, black tea and intense blackberry and earth. Iodine, too. It’s powerful, chewy and focused. 68% cabernet, 27% merlot, 3% petite verdot and 2% cabernet franc. From biodynamically grown grapes. Demeter certification. Barrel Sample: 95-96. V96 Vinous The 2020 Ferrière is a powerhouse. Gravel, scorched earth, licorice, cloves, lavender and inky dark fruit saturate the palate. A virile, potent wine, Ferrière shows the more virile side of Margaux off to great effect. Readers will find a wine of tremendous gravitas. Aging is 40% in new oak, 40% in one year barrels and 20% in...
Chateau Feytit-Clinet 2020 [VM 95-97] Pomerol
95-97 Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous: "The 2020 Feytit-Clinet is one of the most compelling wines in Pomerol, or all of Bordeaux, for that matter. Blackberry jam, crème de cassis, chocolate, espresso, lavender, licorice and gravel race across the palate. Explosive and powerful to the core, the 2020 is endowed with tons of pedigree. The tannins are incisive, as they so often are, but also impeccably balanced. What a wine! Tasted two times." 06/21 #20
Chateau Fleur Cardinale 2020 [JS 96] St-Emilion
96 Points, James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com: "Attractive aromas of blueberries and mulberries with graphite, dark licorice and crushed stones. Dark chocolate, too. Full-bodied. Impressive quality to the tannin structure that starts gently and glossy and continues to build, gaining power throughout the palate. Deep and dense with a velvety dark-fruited core. Really long, tense and persistent. 77% merlot, 18% cabernet franc and 5% cabernet sauvignon. Try after 2026." 12/22. #20
Chateau Fontenil 2020 [WA 92-94+] Fronsac
James Suckling A reserved, focused Fontenil with blackberry, dark-walnut, dark-chocolate and mushroom character. The tannins are tight and poised, lending serious tension and framework to the wine. Serious. Barrel Sample: 93-94. RP94Robert Parker's Wine Advocate Opaque purple-black in color, the 2020 Fontenil needs a little swirling and coaxing to release opulent scents of plum preserves, blueberry compote and chocolate-covered cherries, plus suggestions of candied violets, ground cloves and fertile loam. The full-bodied palate is rich with generous black and blue preserves layers, supported by beautifully plush tannins and fantastic...
Chateau Giscours 2019 [JS 97]
Margaux #4 James Suckling's 10 Best Value 2019 Bordeaux A ripe and layered red with lots of currant and chocolate character, as well as some walnut and cocoa powder. It’s full and layered with round tannins and a juicy and plush texture. Plenty going on here. Give it three to four years to come together. A blend of 65% cabernet sauvignon and 35% merlot. Try after 2024. - James Suckling. 97 points. Wine Advocate 95 points. The 2019 Giscours has turned out very well in bottle, wafting from the glass with aromas of sweet berries, cherries, burning embers, lilac and violets framed by a discreet patina of new oak. Full-bodied, layered...
Chateau Gloria 2019 [Dec 94]
Decanter Notes 94 Points, Jane Anson, Decanter: "Another winning velvety texture out of St Julien. You can trace the warmth and generosity of the vintage in the concentration and the ripeness of these blackberry and raspberry fruits but it is so seductive and carefully balanced with a core of freshness and a ton of crushed stone, black chocolate and baked earth adding layers and interest. This should be good value and is a definite buy. So much character and personality, right up there with the best vintages of this property. 40% new oak, 5% Petit Verdot completes the blend." 5/20. Neal Martin Notes 93-95 Points, Neal Martin,...
Chateau Gloria 2020 [WA 92-94] St-Julien
92-94 Points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Opaque purple-black colored, the 2020 Gloria comes soaring out of the glass with notes of blackcurrant cordial, preserved plums and blueberry compote, followed by suggestions of powdered cinnamon, cedar chest and menthol, plus a waft of graphite. The medium to full-bodied palate is completely coated with juicy black fruits, framed by grainy tannins and just enough freshness, finishing long and spicy. The blend is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 11% Petit Verdot, aging for approximately 14 months in French oak barrels, 40% new. The alcohol is...
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