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A second growth in Margaux with 75 hecatres of vineyards planted with predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot but with some Cabernet Franc and Carmenere as well. The grapes are fermented in a variety of oak vats, concrete tanks and stainless steel vats with separate parcels being vinified separately. The wine is then aged in French oak with a n average of 80% of it being new oak. It has classic notes of cassis, blackcurrant and tobacco with cedar and truffle notes. It is a soft, medium bodied win with elegant tannins.
Chateau Camensac are one of the less well known classified growths. It is a fifth growth in Haut Medoc, just north east of St Julian and in the past Michel Rolland consulted there. They only have plantings of cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with the average vine age being 35 years old. They ferment in stainless steel vats then age the wine in a mixture of new and old oak barrels for 17-20 months. Medium bodied with a round mouth feel and gentle tannins. There are flavours of black fruit, earthy characteristics and slightly agricultural notes. A wine to enjoy now with roast meats.
Deep red colour, with purple hues. A nose of red fruit, cocoa and roasted aromas, followed by crisp mentholated touches. Hints of violet then appear, followed by blackcurrant and fruit of the forest. Full and smooth initially. The tannins are dense and lend good structure to the wine, which is full-bodied and opulent, although it is still somewhat subdued, which promises outstanding potential.
Beautiful ruby red colour fringed with mauve tints. A wine with a very good intensity of colour. Heady and clean with black fruit flavours dominating. On the palate, the wine is plump and concentrated with a great deal of softness. This signals a balance between concentration and elegance. The finsih is lenghy and its freshness prolonged.
The wine has a fine, deep, intense colour. The complex bouquet displays notes of cocoa and vanilla, more subtle hints of smoke and tobacco-leaf and a fleeting suggestion of blackberry and humus. From the attack, it develops highly complex aromas around well-integrated tannins. The finely balanced structure combines wild berry fruit flavours (blackberry, bilberry) to give great richness on the palate, lengthening into a dense, substantial, highly expressive finish.
Chateau d’Angludet is a seriously elegant Margaux without the price tag. The chateau sits surrounded by Cru Classé neighbours but is itself classed a Cru Bourgeois, meaning that this, their first wine, comes in at around half the price of its neighbours, yet at a very comparable quality. A classic mix of Cabernet Sauvignon (the majority), Merlot and Petit Verdot, this ready-to-drink Left Bank specimen has all the subtle, unique and classic Margaux flavours and is quite brilliant with big meats and cheeses. Or lay it down: this one will continue to improve for easily another ten years.
A rich and concentrated beautifully balanced wine that will drink relatively young but last well into the next decade. The color is very rich, dark red. The aroma is fuller and slightly perfumed. On the palate the wine has cooked berry flavours - almost jam. The wine has a firm and strong back bone that delivers a stunning finish.
Beautiful dense, deep purple silky colour. The nose offers very ripe fruit with slight hints of menthol finishing with roasted notes (toast, hazelnuts). The attack is supple with good length carried by pleasant, well-integrated tannin leading onto a smooth finish.
A deep, intense red colour. Lovely, jammy prune and blackcurrant aromas. Elegant, silky and precise on the palate, with dense, harmonious tannins. A smooth finish for this particularly attractive vintage.
Roughly 50/%0 Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with just a dash of Petit Verdot, the grapes for this wine were hand harvested then traditionally vinified in concrete and wooden vats. It was aged for 12montsh in oak with 25% aged in new barrels. Notes of blackberry, cherry and herbs with a mushrooms, forest floor character with good acidity and firm tannins.
The intense ruby colour of this wine leads the taster to predict a rich and powerful substance. Very expressive on the nose, the wine shows lovely notes of blueberries, blackcurrant, violet, followed by mineral hints and notes of grilled bread. On the palate, as predicted by the appearance, the wine is powerful, with a great elegance. It is perfectly balanced, medium bodied with velvet tannins and a long length, leaving a sensation of accomplished pleasure after tasting.