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Chateau Bernadotte, Cru Bourgeois, Haut-Medoc 2010 (1x75cl)

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Awarded 90 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their January 2019 edition panel tasting review of Haut-Medoc Bordeaux 2010 (see blue link below). 

Chateau Bernadotte Cru Bourgeois 2010 - January 2019 Decanter review

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"Strong new-wood aromas lead to a palate that is layered with firm tannins, a polished toast character and a sufficient ripe blackberry flavour to balance. This 2010 bottling shows that this is a chateau to watch. 92 points." Wine Enthusiast

It has also received strong reviews from Wine Spectator (90 points) and James Suckling (90 points).

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Formerly known as Chateau Fournas, this estate was renamed Bernadotte in 1997 after a past owner, Marshal Bernadotte, who was the Sovereign Prince under the rule of Napoleon I.  Madame de Lencquesaing, owner of Chateau Pichon Lalande at the time, acquired Chateau Bernadotte in 1997 and proceeded to renovate every aspect of the estate.  

The breakdown of the grapes used in Chateau Bernadotte (in 2010) was as follows: 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Their vines are on average 25 years old. 

Vinification takes place in stainless steel, temperature controlled tanks. Malolactic fermentation is then allowed to take place in tank before the wine is aged for 12-18 months in French oak barrels (30% new wood).

This wine will be drinking well between 2018 and 2025.

ABV = 14.0%.

£24.95

Chateau Chasse-Spleen, Moulis 2015 (1x75cl)

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Awarded 88 points and Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) (see link below).

Chateau Chasse-Spleen, Moulis 2015 - Decanter review

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"This delivers a stylish impression from the get-go with a really nicely focused dark berry nose and hints of fresh pastry. The palate has a smooth array of bright blackberry and plum fruits with smoothly cut tannins that layer up nice and even. Classy. Best from 2022. 94 points". James Suckling, james.suckling.com, February 2018.

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"The pure red-fruit flavors of this wine shoot through the firm tannins to give freshness while allowing plenty of space for the development of the tannins. It is a wine that shows both the fruit and the structure of the vintage. 92-94 points". Wine Enthusiast, April 2016. 

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Château  Chasse-Spleen was originally one piece of a much larger estate in Haut-Médoc called Chateau Grand-Poujeaux.  There was a split in 1822, and what was once Grand-Poujeaux became 4 smaller estates: Chateau Gressier-Grand-Poujeaux, Chateau Poujeaux-Theil, Chateau Maucaillou, and Chateau Chasse-Spleen.

The origins of the name “Chasse-Spleen” are foggy, but often attributed to Lord Byron who visited the estate in 1821. Byron was so moved during his stay that he was quoted as exclaiming, “Quel remede pour chasser le spleen!” or (loosely): “What better remedy to dispel melancholy!”

Chateau Chasse Spleen was owned by the Castaing family until the start of World War I when it was purchased by a German wine merchants. It was later confiscated as enemy property during the war and sold at an auction in 1922 to the Lahary family.

In 1976, the estate was bought by the Merlaut family, owners of Chateau Gruaud Larose, Chateau Ferriere, Chateau Citran, and Chateau Haut Bages Liberal, as well as a successful négociant business. Under the management of patriarch Jacques Merlaut and his daughter, Bernadotte Villars, several changes were made: the production area was increased from 40 to 80 hectares, large portions of the vines were replanted to increase vine density, and the wine making facilities were modernized.

Jacques’ daughter Bernadette later assumed control of Chateau Chasse Spleen, and with consultation from Emile Peynaud, the quality of the wines produced went up considerably.  Bernadette and her husband sadly passed away in 1992 after a mountaineering accident, and management of the estate was passed on to her daughter, Claire Villars.

Chasse-Spleen was a Cru Bourgeois until 2003, when the Chateau elected to leave the classification for political reasons. 

The Chateau's vineyards feature a mix of varieties thus: 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, and 7% Petit Verdot

Average Age of the Vines: 30 years old.

Plantation Density: 8,000-10,000 vines per hectare.

Vinification: Vinified in a combination of stainless steel tanks and wooden vats. Malolactic fermentation takes place in vat.

Aging: In French oak barrels (40% new) for 12-15 months before bottling.

Cellaring Potential: 8-15 years.

Annual Production: About 40,000 cases.

For more detail on this this, the 2015, see the blue link below for the excellent fiche technique/technical note from the winemakers themselves.

Chateau Chasse-Spleen, Moulis 2015 - fiche technique

Cabernet Sauvignon 50%, Merlot 42%, Petit Verdot 5%, Cabernet Franc 3%.

This is a wine with finesse and medium body. Red and black fruits in good balance fruits dominate the nose, along with the aromas of vanilla and toastiness from the oak barrels. On the palate, there are also flavours of cocoa/chocolate. The wine has a beautiful intensity and fine length.

The 2015 vintage is delicious now for lovers of more untamed wines, but will be even better after a few years in the cellar. 

ABV = 13.5%.

£37.25

Chateau Clerc Milon, 5eme CC, Pauillac, 2015 (1x75cl)

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Awarded 96 points and Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in November 2018 (see link below).

Chateau Clerc Milon, 5eme CC, Pauillac, 2015 - Nov 2018 Decanter review

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"Extremely floral with blackberry and blueberry character plus hints of violets. Full-bodied yet always in check and reserve with fine tannins and bright acidity that goes on for minutes. Limestone undertones. The finish is particularly long this vintage. Super Clerc. Try in 2021. 95 pointsJames Suckling, www.jamesauckling.com, February 2018.

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 "Tasted blind. Dark crimson. Muted, but well-behaved nose. Rather sumptuous texture and fine tannins. A fine-boned wine offering real enjoyment quite early. Drink 2023-2040. 17 points". Jancis Robinson, www.JancisRobinson.com, February 2019.

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A legendary terroir, prestigious neighbours, a providential encounter: the history and the success of Château Clerc Milon are summed up in these three words. The terroir is that of Pauillac, where some of the world’s finest wines are made. The neighbours are Château Mouton Rothschild and Château Lafite Rothschild, illustrious First Growths whose nearby vines can be seen from the terrace of the Château. The encounter was with Baron Philippe Rothschild, who in 1970 acquired the then badly neglected estate and decided to restore Château Clerc Milon to its status as a Cru Classe.

A wine with considerable ageing potential made in the traditional Médoc way, Château Clerc Milon is the result of a particularly successful marriage between gravel and clay-limestone terroirs and Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes. Powerful, tannic, full-bodied and rich in fruit, it also has all the typical elegance of the finest Pauillac wines.

In terms of the weather, although 2015 was slightly warmer than average, it was above all very dry (706 mm of rain, compared with an annual average of 862 mm), especially between February and July, from budbreak to veraison. As a result the berries remained small, which explains why the yield was rather low. Rainfall in August and September was higher than average, which helped to prevent the ripening process from coming to a halt in a vineyard already stressed by the lack of water. As a result, the grapes matured at rather different rates from one plot to another, according to the variety, the age of the vines and the terroir. In order to ensure that each grape variety and each plot was picked at optimum maturity, the harvest period was the longest in living memory. It lasted 23 days between the Chateau's three estates, from the first Merlot clusters on 14 September to the last Cabernet Sauvignon grapes on 6 October.

Maturation was in oak casks (30% new) for 18 months.

According to the Château, the 2015 vintage in Pauillac is very similar in its heft and opulence to the 2005 vintage. They say: "the tannins are generally very well-rounded, dense and seamlessly smooth. After blending, the wines still have the same aromatic intensity and complex, full-bodied structures which barrel-maturing should further enhance".

Cabernet Sauvignon 51%, Merlot 34%, Cabernet Franc 13%, Petit Verdot 1% and Carmenere 1%.

The wine is a crystal-clear garnet red with violet highlights. The fresh and elegant nose exudes ripe morello cherry aromas, followed by subtle notes of liquorice and toast to complete a rich and complex yet light and airy bouquet. Initially refined and silky, the palate gathers power on finely chiselled tannins wrapped in crisp flavours of red fruit, dark chocolate and dried flowers. The rich and harmonious palate leads into a stylish and succulent finish with a slightly minty freshness.

ABV = 13.5%.

£84.20

Chateau Fourcas-Dupre, Cru Bourgeois, Listrac 2015 (1x75cl)

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Awarded 88 points and Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in May 2018 (see link below).

Chateau Fourcas-Dupre, Cru Bourgeois, Listrac 2015 - May 2018 Decanter review

Château Fourcas-Dupré is is a 44-hectare property located in the Listrac commune of Bordeaux, which is well-known as an area rich in hidden gems that rival higher-priced bottles from the Left Bank of the Gironde. 

Château  Fourcas-Dupré was started in 1843 by Jean Baptiste Dupre, attorney of the Court of Bordeaux, upon the site of an old vineyard originally established in the middle ages crossed by the ancient Roman road known as la levade. In the early 20th century, it was a Premier Cru de Listrac. In 2006, a new classification system was made official forcing all wineries in the area into the 'simple' Cru Bourgeois. This resulted in the best Crus Bourgeois wineries leaving the classification in favor of the Union des Grands Crus which currently includes 85% of the classified growths. The estate vineyard has one of the highest concentrates of gravel from the Pyrenees, (80%). You find these soil compositions in Moulis, Margaux, and Pessac Leognan. The vineyard is planted to Cabernet Sauvignon (44%), Merlot (44%), Cabernet Franc (10%) and Petit Verdot (2%). The average age of the vines is over 30 years and the density of the planting is 8300 per hectare. The wine making is done by the chateau owners, the Pages brothers, with consulting from Eric Boissenot, whose other clients include Lafite, Mouton, Haut Brion and Latour.

Its premier wine is a blend of 44% each Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with 10% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot contributing complexity and structure.

The wine pours a deep garnet color, with aromatics of blackberry, spice, cigar box and fresh asphalt. The palate currently shows ripe fruits such as plum and currant, with well-integrated oak influences. This main estate wine has a complex mineral style with touches of ruby. Its personality develops with balance and smoothness. With time the sweetness and elegance of its tannins gives a remarkable balance and harmony. One finds traces of roasted coffee beans and toast that develop with time.

ABV = 13.5%.

£19.40

Chateau Grezan Les Schistes Dores, Faugeres 2017 (1x75cl)

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Awarded a Platinum medal and 97 points at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (click link for details).

For other 2019 DWWA winners, click here.

We also highly recommend Chateau Grezan's excellent (and excellent-value) unoaked Chardonnay.

The viticultural history of the Cros-Pujol family began five generations ago, in 1877, on a very small parcel of Carignan between Autignac and Laurens. It was worked with a donkey and a horse, the harvests were vinified at the back of the family home by Jules-Anatole Cros, known as Costant, and his wife Anna, the first winemakers of the family. For the past 30 years, Château Grézan has expressed the very essence of Faugères wines. Produced from selected grapes, the Château Grézan wines combine respect for ancestral wine traditions and an open-mindedness to modernity.

The vineyards of Château Grézan and the Cros-Pujol family now cover nearly 110 hectares in both AOP Faugères and IGP Pays d’Oc. Their grape varieties in AOP Faugères are the classics of the region: Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault, Mourvèdre and Carignan. The Schists Dorés here is (most) unusual in Faugères for its almost exclusive use of Syrah

The soil in Faugères consists essentially of shale(s) - golden and slatey: the former gives the name to this wine. This stone is characterized by its remarkable capacity to retain water and its ability to store daytime heat and then release it at night. This is how the grapes continue to ripen at night. The climate is Mediterranean with a mountain influence. It is characterized by mild winters with rare frosts and hot and dry summers with infrequent but heavy rainfall.

See blue link below for the fiche technique/technical note on this (highly medalled/awarded) wine from the team at Chateau Grézan.

Chateau Grezan Les Schistes Dorés, Faugeres 2017 - fiche technique

90% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre.

For our tasting note, we hand over to the DWWA19 judges:

"This is very classy stuff. Blackcurrant jam is the dominant flavour, but is flanked on either side by toasted cinnamon and vanilla, the superlatively integrated oak adding yet another layer to this already complex, ravishing wine. Delicious weight of rounded, brushed cotton tannins, and lush super-ripe black fruits – totally delicious, persistent and racy! Perfect with food".

ABV = 14.5%.

£18.95

Chateau Lagrange, 3eme CC, St-Julien 2010 (1x75cl)

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Awarded 94 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in January 2020 (see link below).

Chateau Lagrange, 3eme CC, St-Julien 2010 - Jan 2020 Decanter review

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“Lagrange’s relatively new winemaking team appears to have backed off the aggressive oak regime and the result is a wine with better overall balance. Still a backward, muscular/ masculine style of St Julien, it reveals abundant tannin along with a subtle hint of vanillin intermixed with lead pencil shaving, white chocolate, black currant and cassis characteristics. Although less expressive than some of its 2010 peers, it is a big, powerful, rich wine that needs a decade of cellaring. It should last for 30 yearsDrink: 2021-2051. 89-92 points". Wine Advocate, 5th Jan, 2011.

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"Loads of tension and form. It can be cellared for decades, but it's balanced and beautiful already. Lots of blueberry, licorice and blackberry character. Try in 2018. 96 points". James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, July 2014.

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The estate was classified a third growth in 1855 thanks to the efforts and the vision of Count Dûchatel, who owned Lagrange from 1842 to 1874. He built a network of drains and extended the estate to 280 hectares, including 120 of vines. As Minister of the Interior during the reign of King Louis-Philippe and a member of the Academy of Fine Arts, he spread Lagrange’s reputation far and wide.

In 1983, the Suntory group, the leading Japanese wine and spirits firm, acquired Lagrange and invested heavily in a spectacular renovation. Priority was given to the vineyard, followed by refurbishing and modernising the vat room and cellars. The efforts undertaken in the 1980s continue to the present day: work in the vineyard is done with great attention to detail and each plot is treated individually. The grapes are then fermented separately in order to fine tune and obtain the best possible final blend. The resulting wine is powerful, elegant, and the epitome of a great Saint-Julien.

Vintage: An unusual combination of dryness and cold. Outstanding sunshine from May to the end of October. The growth cycle slowed down over the last weeks due to the drought, which led to a late picking. A vintage is hallmarked by an outstanding concentration of tannins of great finesse.

Harvest: from 29th September to 20th October 2010.

Winemaking: fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats, and then aged in French oak barrels, 50% of which were new, for c 20 months before bottling.

Cabernet Sauvignon 75%, Merlot 25%.

Deep and intense colour, red and black fruits aromas, toasted and vanilla notes. In the nose, impression of freshness. Attack very firm in the mouth and increasing with an exceptional tannic richness. Powerful, smooth and harmonious tannins.

ABV = 13.0%.

£67.85

Chateau Lamothe-Bouscaut, Pessac-Leognan 2012 (1x75cl)

Château Lamothe-Bouscaut is located in the village of Cadaujac and dates back to the 12th century. In 1999 it was acquired by its neighbour, Château Bouscaut, owned by Sophie Lurton and Laurent Cogombles. The Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon vines grown on the deep gravelly soils are on average 35 years old. The vineyards are sustainably managed and pruning is carried out by hand by five vineyard workers on the nine-hectare estate.

The rich, plush palate of Château Lamothe-Bouscaut is a result of a blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine is fermented in stainless steel and concrete tanks and then aged for 12 months in oak, 45% of which is new.

Surprisingly approachable for its age, this Pessac-Léognan is ripe, generous, and an excellent example of a fruit-forward modern Bordeaux that is delicious to drink.

Surprisingly approachable for its age, this Pessac-Léognan is ripe and generous and an excellent example of a fruit forward modern Bordeaux that is delicious to drink.

ABV = 13.0%.

£22.90

Chateau Lamothe-Bouscaut, Pessac-Leognan 2013 (1x75cl)

Château Lamothe-Bouscaut is located in the village of Cadaujac and dates back to the 12th century. In 1999 it was acquired by its neighbour, Château Bouscaut, owned by Sophie Lurton and Laurent Cogombles. The Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon vines grown on the deep gravelly soils are on average 35 years old. The vineyards are sustainably managed and pruning is carried out by hand by five vineyard workers on the nine-hectare estate.

The rich, plush palate of Château Lamothe-Bouscaut is a result of a blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine is fermented in stainless steel and concrete tanks and then aged for 12 months in oak, 45% of which is new.

Surprisingly approachable for its age, this Pessac-Léognan is ripe, generous, and an excellent example of a fruit-forward modern Bordeaux that is delicious to drink.

Surprisingly approachable for its age, this Pessac-Léognan is ripe and generous and an excellent example of a fruit forward modern Bordeaux that is delicious to drink.

ABV = 13.0%.

£22.00

Chateau Lamothe-Bouscaut, Pessac-Leognan 2016 (1x75cl)

Château Lamothe-Bouscaut is located in the village of Cadaujac and dates back to the 12th century. In 1999 it was acquired by its neighbour, Château Bouscaut, owned by Sophie Lurton and Laurent Cogombles. The vineyards measure a total of nine hectares and are mainly comprised of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc.

The Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon vines are planted on well draining, deep gravelly soils and are on average 40 years old. The vineyards are farmed sustainably and pruning is carried out by hand by five vineyard workers. Vines are trained using the simple Guyot system and fruit is harvested manually.

The 2016 vintage began with a rainy winter which replenished water reserves in the soil. Flowering and fruit set occurred without issue and the bunches were well distributed. The soil water reserves sustained the vines through what was a very warm and dry summer, with record temperatures in August. However, temperatures cooled off in September and the grapes underwent a slow ripening during the final stages of the growing cycle and the harvest was slightly later than usual. The grapes harvested were of excellent quality with great concentration of flavour balanced by a vibrant acidity.

The grapes were gently de-stemmed and crushed before fermentation took place temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks with regular punch downs and pump overs. After fermentation the wine was then transferred to French oak barrels, 45% of which were new, where it was aged for 12 months.

53% Merlot, 47% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Deep ruby in colour. On the nose intense aromas of plum, blackcurrant and bramble are married with notes of cedar and spice. Firm but velvety tannins on the palate and a well-integrated acidity carry the flavours onto the long finish and give this wine great potential for ageing.

ABV = 14.0%.

£26.70

Chateau Langoa Barton, 3eme CC, St-Julien 2010 (1x75cl)

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Awarded 94 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in January 2020 (see link below).

Chateau Langoa Barton, 3eme CC, St-Julien 2010 - Dec 2017 Decanter review

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"Another wine showing better from bottle than it did from barrel, the 2010 Langoa Barton has the typical structured, dense style, but just as I thought earlier on, it is a much softer and more developed wine than one ordinarily expects from proprietor Anthony Barton. It is full-bodied and impressively endowed with subtle oak, rich cassis fruit and notes of new saddle leather, forest floor, cedar wood and spice box. Full, authoritative and dense, this wine should be at its best between 2018 and 2035" 93+ points". Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, February 2013.

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Château  Langoa Barton is a Classified 3rd Growth (3eme Cru Classe) estate in the appellation of St. Julien, situated on the Left Bank of Bordeaux.

In 1826, Hugh Barton, already proprietor of Château Langoa, purchased part of the big Leoville estate. His part then became known as Léoville Barton. Six generations of Bartons have since followed, and continued to preserve the quality of the wine, classified as a Second Growth/Deuxieme Cru Classe in 1855.

In 1983, Anthony Barton, the present owner, was given the property by his uncle Ronald Barton who had himself inherited it in 1929. Anthony Barton's daughter Lilian Barton Sartorius now helps her father in managing the estate. Together, they maintain the traditional methods of winemaking, producing a typical Saint-Julien of elegance and distinction.

Château Langoa Barton covers some 25 hectares of vineyards, planted with ~60% Cabernet Sauvignon, ~30% Merlot and ~10% Cabernet Franc. The vines have an average age of 35 years; the Langoa Barton terroir comprises mainly gravel and clay soils.

Château Langoa Barton's wines are made by traditional vinification: alcoholic and malolactic fermentation (generally combined) take place in large (200-hectolitre) wooden vats. The wines are aged in French oak 225-litre barriques - some 60% typically being new - for around 16 to 18 months, varying with the vintage.

Each year, some 90,000 bottles of the Château Langoa Barton Grand Vin wine are produced, along with the Chateau's second wine, the  Lady Langoa. The wines of Château Langoa Barton are famed for their formidable ageing potential, reaching a peak maturity some 12 to 25  years from vintage.

Harvested from 28 September to 8 October 2010. 

Cabernet Sauvignon 73%, Merlot 17%, Cabernet Franc 10%.

To quote Decanter: The top class oak is still present for the moment, with floral notes and a touch of acacia peeking through. Perfect balance, full and lush, rounded off with long, tasty tannins.

ABV = 13.0%.

£81.15

Chateau Lascombes, 2eme CC, Margaux 2010 (1x75cl)

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Awarded 94 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in January 2020 (see link below).

Chateau Lascombes, 2eme CC, Margaux 2010 - Jan 2020 Decanter review

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"The wine hits all cylinders in 2010. The average alcohol for the bottled wine is 14%. It has a gorgeously sweet nose of creme de cassis, spring flowers, subtle barbecue smoke and charcoal followed by full body, beautiful intensity, great purity, stature and length. The influence of any oak is minimal, despite the fact that 90% new French oak was used. Needless to say, this is an example of modern-styled winemaking at it's finest, and arguments that such wines will not age well, do not represent their terroir , and are soul-less, are totally groundless. Give it 5 or so years of cellaring and drink it over the following 25-30 years. This is one of the great Margaux wines of the vintage. Probably the greatest Lascombes made to date. 96 points". Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, March 2013.

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From the 17th century to the modern day, ten generations of owners have succeeded each other and left their stamp upon the history of Château Lascombes. A destiny paved along its way with colourful characters, who all contributed to the excellence of the wines of  Château Lascombes.  

Combining power and elegance, smoothness and tannins, Château Lascombes is a wine of great complexity. In its youth, its depth of colour never fails to impress. Finesse and softness on the palate are complemented by stylish, fine-grained tannins. Château Lascombes should be enjoyed as it ages over the years to enable full appreciation of its aromatic complexity and the development of its ever-more suave structure in the bottle.

The wine is aged in French oak barriques (typically 60% new oak) for 18 months.

Cabernet Sauvignon 55%, Merlot 40%, Petit Verdot 5%.

At first discreet, the nose bursts with black fruit aromas after swirling the glass. A wonderful array of very ripe fruit, such as blackberries, sun-drenched cherries with chocolate and mocha notes coming through. Great aromatic complexity and lovely finesse. A fresh, soft entry on the palate. All the power and structure is counter-balanced by the roundness, flesh, vivacity and elegance of the flavours. Against its velvet backdrop the fullness of the wine comes immediately centre-stage, showcasing its tight-knit, fine-grained tannic structure, the hallmark of this 2010 vintage. Black fruit and spice flavours follow, and the finish is amazingly long.

Cellaring: the Château say 2020-2047.

ABV = 14.0%.

£115.90

Chateau Maucaillou, Moulis 2008 (1x75cl)

In 1875, the year of his marriage, J. Petit-Laroche offered his wife the construction of a fine residence opposite his Médoc cellars as a wedding gift. The result was the Château as we know it today. At the same time, J. Petit-Laroche created a new wine estate in the localities of Maucaillou and Caubet, with an area of 1.5 ha, named Chateau Maucaillou. Maucaillou means mauvais cailloux, French for 'bad stone', as the term was understood by the farmers of the middle ages, given that this type of gravel plot was not suitable for growing cereal, the main source of livelihood at the time. It was later discovered that such gravel outcrops constituted an ideal terroir for highly expressive vineyards.

In 1929, Roger and André Dourthe purchased Caves et Entrepots de Moulis, located next to the railway station of Moulis-en-Médoc, to ensure easier shipment of wines throughout France and Europe. They became the owners of Chateau Maucaillou (2.5 ha, with half of the vineyard in red varieties and the other half in white varieties). In 2006, Pascal Dourthe became the manager of ChateauMaucaillou , supported by his two sisters, Caroline and Magali.

The Moulis vineyards are the oldest in the Médoc, with traces found in title deeds dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries. The terroirs on which the 63 hectares of Château Maucaillou vineyards grow consist of fine quaternary alluvium outcrops, a large part of which stems from the Güntz Garonne gravel stratum, at the origin of the Great Classified Crus of the Médoc. This gravel, with its big shiny stones, reflects the rays of the summer sun onto the grapes, thereby enhancing their perfect ripeness, an essential condition for the birth of a great wine.

The Château's vineyard mix was, in 201: 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc.

The harvest is often mixed, partly by hand and partly by machine, depending on plots, plant health and weather conditions. The grapes are first sorted in the vineyard. The harvest is then taken to the fermentation cellar in small bins to avoid crushing the grapes during transport.

Vinification is carefully undertaken under the watchful eye of Philippe Dourthe, graduate oenologist, in two modern vat rooms equipped with state-of-the-art technology. The vat room, in stainless steel, is entirely thermoregulated in order to apply the specific method that Philippe Dourthe developed in 1982. It consists of vinifying at relatively low temperature over the first few days, in order to extract the quintessence of the fruit aromas of the grape, then, at the end of fermentation, letting the temperature rise to extract the finest tannins and the colour. At Maucaillou malolactic fermentation follows immediately after alcoholic fermentation.

Château Maucaillou wines are aged in barrels for 18 to 20 months. In keeping with the finest tradition, nowadays respected in only the very greatest growths, the wines are aged in carefully selected new oak barrels. Philippe Dourthe wrote his oenology thesis on the origin and characteristics of oak in the world. It is also one of his passions. 50 to 75% of the barrels are replaced by new oak for each harvest, depending on the vintage and on its capacity to handle more or less tannins from new oak of essentially French origin. Two large and fully insulated barrel ageing cellars, with a total capacity of 3,500 barrels, safely keep the first-year harvest, on the one hand, and the second-year harvest, on the other hand. During the two years of ageing, the wines are regularly racked, then fined with egg whites to ensure perfect clarity.

See also the blue link below for the excellent fiche technique/technical note from the winemakers themselves.

Chateau Maucaillou, Cru Bourgeois, Moulis 2008 - fiche technique

~52% Cabernet Sauvignon, ~41% Merlot, ~7% Petit Verdot.

The average production of each harvest is 27,000 cases (324,000 bottles) of the Grand Vin, and 9,000 cases (102,000 bottles) of the second wine (N°2 de Château).

ABV = 13.0%.

£23.00

Chateau Potensac, Cru Bourgeois, Medoc 2015 (1x75cl)

** THIS WINE IS NOT HELD IN STOCK BUT QUICKLY BROUGHT IN TO ORDER. ORDERS PLACED BY 9am EACH MONDAY WILL BE WITH US FOR IMMEDIATE DESPATCH ON THE WEDNESDAY. **

 

Awarded 92 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) (see link below).

Chateau Potensac, Cru Bourgeois, Medoc 2015  - Decanter review

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For other reviews, see the fiche technique/data sheet link below.

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The estate has been in the same family since time immemorial and has always been handed down by women. The current owner, Jean-Hubert Delon, inherited the estate from his paternal grandmother, Georgette Liquard. Although close to the river, Potensac is situated on a high point of land in North Medoc. Because of this position, the site has been populated since ancient times.

Planted on the best quality soils in the Ordonnac district, the vineyards now extend over 60 hectares on a terroir where the typical characteristics of each grape variety express themselves very distinctly and give the wine superb ageing potential.

Château Potensac's vineyards extend mainly over hilly mounds with a limestone subsoil covered with clay and gravel outcrops containing a high proportion of gravel (graves). These limestone soils are very similar to those found in the Saint-Estèphe appellation. On this very special terroir, some plots of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc planted over 80 years ago still produce perfectly ripe, healthy grapes. The hamlet of Potensac was already cited in the first edition of Féret for the special characteristics and longevity of its wines

The estate's Grand Vin's vineyards are located west of Ordonnac village. Its rows of vines grow on a double thalweg of gravelly-clay. They produce a very fine wine with tight texture, great richness and wonderful freshness. On the palate, the wine is pure and powerful, the tannins dense and spicy, and the finish of great depth with glorious aromas. Because of these qualities, Château Potensac is often considered to represent the pure Medoc style. It should be noted that Potensac was the only Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel of its appellation.

For top detail on this, the 2015, see the blue link below for the excellent fiche technique/technical note from the Chateau themselves. There's a fair smattering of French when you first opne it, but look down the page and it's all translated. There's also a wealth of reviews on this sheet.

Chateau Potensac, Medoc 2015 - fiche technique

Merlot 45%, Cabernet Sauvignon 38%, Cabernet Franc 17%.

To quote Wine Spectator, "Pepper, savory and bay leaf notes lead the way, with a core of medium-weight cassis and cherry flavors. A tobacco hint and chalky minerality extend the finish, which has a pleasant austerity. A touch reticent in style, but will age well".

ABV = 13.5%.

£37.85

Chateau Poujeaux, Cru Bourgeois, Moulis 2011 (1x75cl)

** THIS WINE IS NOT HELD IN STOCK BUT QUICKLY BROUGHT IN TO ORDER. ORDERS PLACED BY 9am EACH MONDAY WILL BE WITH US FOR IMMEDIATE DESPATCH ON THE WEDNESDAY. **

 

"Supple and Merlot-influenced, the red from this Moulis superstar is one of the value-for-money wines of the vintage, as it was in 2010. Coffee bean and tobacco on the nose, with a hint of sweet spice on the palate, fine tannins and textured, balanced fruit. 6+ years. 91 points". Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2012.

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Chateau Poujeaux is situated in Moulis-en-Medoc which is in the heart of the vineyards of the Haut-Médoc, 3 miles from the two great appellations of Margaux and St-Julien. The name ‘Château Poujeaux’ first appeared in 1806 but Terre de Poujeaux, situated in Moulis-en-Médoc, had existed since the Middle Ages. During the 19th Century, the estate produced its first wines and became truly independent. 

In 2008, the estate was acquired by the Cuvelier family, already owners of the famous Clos Fourtet, 1er Grand Cru Classé, Saint-Émilion. Won over by the quality of the wines and recognising the potential of the terroir, the Cuvelier family have brought a decidedly modern touch to Poujeaux, raising its profile to place it among the best-loved fine wines of Bordeaux. Today, Matthieu Cuvelier and Christophe Labenne co-manage Château Poujeaux with enthusiasm and a determination to perpetuate and transmit Château Poujeaux’s family and team spirit. The vineyard and winery teams follow the technical advice given to them by their esteemed colleague, Stéphane Derenoncourt.

This, the Grand Vin of Château Poujeaux, unites qualities of elegance, depth and balance. 250,000 bottles are typically produced each year.

Harvest time is the culmination of a year’s work, generally beginning in mid-September and ending in mid-October. Each plot is picked by hand at optimal maturity, determined with the help of technical analysis and tasting of the berries. The cut grapes are sorted then transferred to the winery. The fruit is separated according to the age of the vines, vineyard location and grape variety in order to obtain separate batches with complimentary characteristics.

After a month of alcoholic and malolactic fermentation in vat, ageing takes place in French oak barrels over 12 months.

To see the informative fiche technique for this wine which has been written by the team at Chateau Poujeaux themselves, please click on the blue link below.

Chateau Poujeaux 2011 - fiche technique

48% Merlot, 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc.

The wines of Château Poujeaux invariably have a very deep, rich colour. The aromas are subtle, the tannins soft and silky and never aggressive even in their youth. Power, charm, elegance and balance characterize these wines perfectly. Château Poujeaux is a classic that will delight many wine enthusiasts, as it perfectly represents the Médoc. 

ABV = 13.0%.

£31.00
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