Château la Tour Carnet, Grand Cru Classé, Haut-Médoc, 2009
Deeply-coloured. Powerful nose of ripe red fruits (strawberry) with slightly burnt oak presence. Power takes centre-stage on the palate with lovely fat at point of entry. A robust style with a good framework still showing pronounced oak. Slightly dry tannins on the finish. Wonderful potential.
‘This dense purple wine displays notes of charcoal, subtle toast and white chocolate as well as blueberry and blackberry liqueur intermixed with hints of graphite and licorice. Dense, full-bodied, unctuously textured, and quite long and thick, this concentrated, impressively endowed wine is silky-textured and already accessible. However, I suspect its best days are at least 5-7 years ahead of it. It should keep for a minimum of two decades.’ – 92pts, Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (199), March 2012.
Château La Tour Carnet
Château La Tour Carnet is a 4emé Cru Classé property owned since by Bernard Magrez. ‘It is one of the most picturesque chateaux in Bordeaux, dating from the 12th century, with real towers and a Camelot-style moat surrounding it. A large estate, they have been making top-flight wines for well over a decade, yet the prices remain very realistic for a classified growth Bordeaux.’ – Robert Parker, Wine Critic.
Chateau Lafaurie-Peyraguey, Sauternes, 2006, 37.5cl
Chateau Lafaurie Peyraguey is a historic Sauternes property located in the village of Bommes. The first traces of the estate can be found as early as 1618, when Le Sieur Peyraguey was the first known owner. Since 2014, Silvio Denz is the sole holder of this 1er Grand Cru Classé in 1855. The 36 hectare vineyard is planted on silico-gravelly and clay-gravelly soils.
The 2006 Lafaurie Peyraguey has a complex bouquet: honey, white chocolate, quince and dried pineapple scents that billow from the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with marmalade and bitter orange on the entry, a fine line of acidity with a harmonious mandarin and grapefruit finish that carries ample botrytis with it.
Château Lafon-Rochet, Grand Cru Classé, Saint Estèphe, 2008
A strong effort for this vintage, the 2008 exhibits a dark plum/purple color, plenty of firm, rugged, austere tannins, copious red and black fruits, admirable flavor intensity and medium body. Cellar it for 3-4 years and drink it over the following 15.
Château Lafon-Rochet is a 4ème Cru Classé St-Estèphe estate that has been owned by the Tesseron family since 1959. The property has one of the best terroirs in Bordeaux: its one block of 45 hectares is on a gravelly rise not far from Pauillac, and overlooks first growth Lafite Rothschild and second growth Cos d’Estournel.
Chateau Le Doyenne, Premieres Cotes de Bordeaux,
- The 2016 La Doyenne, a Première Côtes de Bordeaux, has an understated but pure bouquet with red cherries, boysenberry jam and violet aromas that unfurl nicely in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp acidity, fine structure, subtle but slightly tarry fruit and a gently but insistent grip on the finish.
Château Leoville Poyferre, Saint-Julien, 2011
– The bouquet is one of the most opulent we experienced this year, laced with ripe black fruits. The palate is amazingly harmonious, with gorgeous integration between oak and fruit, and the purity and precision is awesome. Beautifully balanced.
Chateau Phelan Segur, St Estephe, 2006, Bordeaux, 37.5cl
Château Phélan Ségur 2006 is a red wine from Saint-Estèphe that is based on merlot, cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc and has an alcoholic strength of 12%. It is the ideal red to combine with roasted red meat. It obtained the following scores with robert parker: 88 and wine spectator: 90.
- To the eye: 2006 Château Phélan Ségur shows a dark red
- On the nose: nose evokes fruits like raspberry, currant and a touch of fresh herbs.
- In the mouth: the palate displays an active tannic but well balanced. Middle and elegant finish.
Chateau Pontet Canet 5eme Grand Cru Classé Pauillac 2006 – 1.5L
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate 95+ points. The 2006 is a wine to stockpile, especially for those in their thirties and forties as it needs another decade to reach maturity, after which it should keep for 30+ years. This vineyard, just … Read More
Château Pontet Canet, 5eme Grand Cru Classé, Pauillac, 2006
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate 95+ points.
The 2006 is a wine to stockpile, especially for those in their thirties and forties as it needs another decade to reach maturity, after which it should keep for 30+ years. This vineyard, just south of Mouton Rothschild, has produced an opaque bluish/purple-colored 2006 with an extraordinarily pure nose of graphite, charcoal, sweet creme de cassis, and a hint of scorched earth. Incredible concentration, stunning richness, and a 60-second finish result in a wine that transcends the vintage as well as this estate’s 1855 classification. This enormously endowed, modern day classic is a legend in the making. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2050+.
Enormous credit is due proprietor Alfred Tesseron for turning things around at this estate in 1994, and continuing to produce first-growth level wines. Pontet-Canet is one of the few bio-dynamically farmed vineyards in the Medoc, and Tesseron is such a perfectionist in both the vineyard and wine cellars that his nickname among other bordelais is “”Monsieur Bonsai.”” February 2009
Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, 94 points.
“The 2006 Château Pontet-Canet has an extremely pure, vivacious, perfumed bouquet with crushed violets infusing the blueberry and blackberry fruit. But it is all about the detail and precision in this wine. The palate is medium-bodied with a gentle grip in the mouth: lightly toasted black fruit, dried orange peel, cedar and a pinch of white pepper. This feels very cohesive and poised with just a touch of mint entering right on the finish. What a great wine from Alfred Tesseron and Jean-Michel Comme. Go grab the corkscrew now, but don’t feel that this wine has to be opened for another 5-6 years.” May 2016
Chateau Poujeaux, Cru Bourgeois, Moulis, 2009
2009 Poujeaux shows the estate made a big jump in quality since it was purchased by the owners of Chateau Clos Fourtet in St. Emilion. Stephane Derenoncourt is lending his skills to the winery as well. The 2009 is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. Ripe blackberries, cassis, olives, spice and pepper make up the perfume. This thick, rich, full bodied, powerful wine should drink well young.
Chateau Poujeaux, Cru Bourgeois, Moulis, 2010
2010 Poujeaux shows the estate made a big jump in quality since it was purchased by the owners of Chateau Clos Fourtet in St. Emilion. Stephane Derenoncourt is lending his skills to the winery as well.
2010 Poujeaux is produced from 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. The perfume is filled with boysenberry, earth and mocha. In the mouth, the wine offers spicy, chocolate covered cassis, round textures and tannins to age
Chateau Reynon, Cadillac Cotes de Bordeaux, 2016
Hard to beat in terms of value for money, the 2016 Reynon has vibrant, plummy fruit character and notes of dark chocolate on the palate. The higher proportion of cabernet sauvignon (17%) this year lends the wine energy and freshness. 2019–2027.
Chateau Rieussec, Sauternes, 2005
Château Rieussec is a wine producer located in Fargues, in the Sauternes appellation in Bordeaux. It makes sweet wines from a classic Bordeaux blend of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc, and was classified as a first growth in the 1855 Classification of Sauternes and Barsac, alongside the finest sweet white wines the region.
About the wine:
Ownership: Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite).
Producer: Chateau Rieussec
Region / Appellation: Sauternes
Country Hierarchy: Bordeaux, France
Wine Style: Dessert – Lush and Balanced
Grape / Blend: Sauvignon Blanc – Semillon
Drinking Window: 2010 – 2045
Food Suggestion: Blue Cheeses
Review and tasting notes by Tom Cannavan
2005 Vintage Tasted: Jan 2007
As usual, a brilliant performance. Rieussec is all mellow honey and rounded, deeply ripe and concentrated fruit. The palate displays lovely botrytis, with a mouth-filling presence and terrific orangy verve and sharpness. Lovely structure here and real length.
Château Rollan de By, Médoc, Cru Bourgeois, 2009
Very fleshy, this delicious red shows plum, raspberry and blackberry pâté de fruit notes backed by spice cake, anise and toasty vanilla. The finish is long and polished. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.
Chateau Rollan de By
The property is owned by Jean Guyon and is a leading estate in the Medoc and of the Cru Bourgeois chateaux. The wine spends 15 months in 100% new French oak barrels and consistently offers good value.
Chateau Senejac, Haut Medoc, 2016
Château Sénéjac 2016 presents a deep red colour with garnet reflections. The first nose is very open, precise with notes of black cherries and blackberries. After stirring, the nose takes on its fullness, with complex notes of red fruits, associated with the toasted vanilla from the barrel. The palate is dense and opulent. The texture is very precise, thanks to very good quality tannins and good management of our extractions during vinification. Sénéjac 2016 is powerful while remaining very elegant and is expressed by a good length in the mouth, silky and well-integrated tannins. This vintage is one of the best of the property. It combines concentration and gluttony and it is undoubtedly a very good aging potential.
Chateau Sociando Mallet, Haut Medoc, 2015
The wines of Sociando-Mallet are characterized by a very deep and dark colour, complex aromas of red fruits and a well-integrated, fine, oaky touch. They are by tradition long-keeping wines. The wines are full-bodied, straight and elegant, with a lot of freshness and depth.
Some graphite and toasted spicy fruits, which create an impressive opening. Iodine and dark berries follow. The palate has a similarly spicy start, which builds waves of fine, ripe tannin, that hold impressively fresh and deep.
Chateau Sociando Mallet, Haut Medoc, 2016
“The 2016 Sociando-Mallet has a refulgent purple/black colour. It has a very intense and rich, you might say “ambitious” bouquet with layers of small black cherries, blueberry and a touch of sloe, less tertiary than previous vintages and certainly more opulent. The palate is medium-bodied with juicy ripe tannin that almost disguise the firm structure underneath. I admire the completeness of this Sociando-Mallet, the neatly embroidered new oak and the freshness on the finish. It comes highly recommended as one of the best wines produced at this estate in the northern Médoc. This is an outstanding wine from Mon. Gartreau.”
Château Sociando-Mallet, Jean Gautreau, Haut-Médoc 2014
– Château Sociando-Mallet produces full-bodied wines with a deep, dark colour. Their complex bouquet is usually dominated by black fruit aromas with a touch of minerality and well-integrated, elegant oak. Often somewhat “virile” when young, the wines gain in balance and complexity with age. They are fresh, straightforward, and have a wonderful length.
Château Sociando-Mallet has always been a wine with great ageing potential. A wine to be enjoyed even after 30 years in great vintages.
– The Wine Cellar insider 88-90
2014 Sociando Mallet – Firm, bright, crisp and fresh, with blackberry, tobacco, smoke and spicy cassis character, the wine is full bodied, tannic and should age well.
Chateau Sociando-Mallet, Jean Gautreau, Haut-Medoc, 2010
This wine has wonderfully rounded tannins and a woodland, cedary palate. The property is situated north of Saint- Estèphe and always makes big, fairly structured traditional wines.
Château Tour Haut Vignoble, St Estephe, 2014/15
The purple colour with garnet reflections evolves on a nose of a beautiful intensity marked by the presence of black fruit as well as toasted notes. The palate presents a fresh and minty attack. The palate confirms the nose with the presence of blackcurrant and strawberry enhanced by sweet spices. We have here a very beautiful bottle of St Estèphe.
The Château Tour Haut Vignoble is located north of the commune of Saint-Estèphe. The vineyard is planted on gentle slopes composed of gravel and clay, which allows good drainage of the plots. The wines from this estate are recognised for their power and balance. Aging in one-year oak barrels gives the wine beautiful toasted notes.
Clos Louie – ‘Louison & Leopoldine’, Cotes de Bordeaux Castillon, France 2014
A tiny organic vineyard with pre-phylloxeric vines owned by Pascal and Sophie Lucin Douteau. ‘Louison & Leopoldine’ is their second wine; with a high proportion of Cabernet Franc it has a charm and elegance and is drinking wonderfully right now.
‘Red cherry with hints of mint, creamy and smooth on the palate. Expressive and with fine depth of flavour – a good find.’ – www.bordeaux.com