The vineyards of Chateau Arnauton dominate the entire appellation on the southern slope of le tertre de Montahut. Benefitting from a unique clay and limestone soil, the wines of Chateau Arnauton are full bodied, elegant and have a subtle complexity achieved through ageing in French oak barrels for 12 months.
This wine is mature and elegant with velvety dark plum aromas and flavours with a hint of coffee and dark chocolate. It has the subtle complexity and elegance that is appropriate for a mature wine.
Chateau Camensac are one of the less well-known Classified Growths. It is a Fifth Growth in Haut Medoc, just north-east of St-Julien 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.
This wine has a beautiful purple red color. Its fragrance is complex, combining fruit notes with some aromatic freshness. His mouth, fleshy and velvety, giving way to a long and fruity finish.
This wine has a colour of a beautiful dark red. Its fragrance is intense, with notes of red fruits, complemented by a melted toasted. Its mouth is both dense and velvety, giving way to a long and fruity finish.
An elegant purple tinted wine with a powerful nose of red and black fruits and subtle cedar and tobacco notes. On the palate it is spicy with lots of juicy fruit, good acidity and fine tannins.
Chateau Talbot, we trust, needs minimal introduction: a Bordeaux Quatrième Cru chateau (and a veritable institution) in Medoc’s St-Julien AOC. Their grand vin, or first wine, is a Bordeaux superstar: thing is, you’ll seldom find it at less than £50 a bottle … and then you need to cellar it for ten years. This, the Connetable, on the other hand, is the chateau’s second wine and this, the 2007, has been cellaring nicely; supple body, soft tannins: check. This is a big but complex wine, as you might expect from its heritage. It does all that you would expect of a big, Left Bank red – cedar, vanilla, tobacco boxes – yes, all of that – atop the cassis of the Cab Sauv and the plums of the Merlot.
The second wine from St Julian producer Chateau Talbot. This is an accessible wine and drinking well now. It has notes of black fruit, agricultural, farmyard hints and touches of vanilla with finely grained tannins.