Saint-Estèphe is separated from Pauillac by a stream. Vineyards are planted in gravel with a cool clay base. This cold type of soil tends to produce very deep coloured wines with a rich texture. Saint-Estèphe wines can seem austere in their early years but unfold gracefully in time, once their leathery tannins have fully integrated.
Pauillac to the south, produces dense, rich and glossy fruity wines with thick, ripe and attractive chewy tannins. A mix aroma of cassis (blackcurrent) and cedar wood (cigar box), is typical of Cabernet Sauvignon, and particularly in Pauillac wines. Merlot and Cabernet Franc grapes add a mellow touch and some elegance respectively.
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A flavoursome, medium bodied profile with typical Saint-Estèphe spicy fruitiness, tannins and stance. Made with 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 10 % Petit Verdot. Aged in 40% new oak barrels. The vintage is not too strong so is drinking well now and will improve only slightly.
Excellent and already forward in style. Needs a minimum of six hours in a decanter in order to appreciate its full potential, then oxygen will have time to open and unfold its very good fruitiness and burnish its fine tannins.
Château Capbern Gasqueton 2011/12
This is a good opportunity to try an excellent SE with a an old school, fruity, mature taste from two temperate vintages.
Château Ormes de Pez 2011
Lovely and drinking well. Medium to full bodied, Delicious and fresh, crisp, with excellent fruit and light tannin. Tightly knit and harmonious.
Château Ormes de Pez 2006
Same character as above. Fully mature.
Dame de Montrose 2012
Second wine from Ch Montrose. Blackcurrent and chocolate character with firm tannins. Spicy and fluid.
Château Phélan Ségur 2014/15/16
Only 51% Cabernet Sauvignon. Ink dark. Fragrance of mint liquorice and very ripe spicy fruits. Nice grip with an excellent, rich substance. Silky and flavoursome. Harmonious, intense and quite mellow in mid palate. All youthful ; 2014 is very fine and 2015/16 need time.
Château Calon Ségur 2010
3ème Cru Classé. Deep ruby. A smooth, elegant, complex aromatic depth. Calon Ségur is ungainly when young and always more attractive with age. Its texture and fruit freely express themselves when the tannin finally integrate.
Cos d’Estournel 2006
2ème Cru Classé. Angular on opening. Needs a decanter in order to decompress. Cabernet Sauvignon gallore with 80% included in the assemblage giving a pure, rich, firm structure and one of the best Saint-Estèphe in this vintage.
Château Montrose 2000
2ème Cru Classé. Peppery spice mixed with red berries and red pepper/capsicum. Very attractive texture from the ageing process. Full and round. Silky smooth and complex layers of black, blue and red berries. A warm vintage that is ready to drink.
Château Pibran 2011
A well balanced, medium bodied Pauillac from a temperate vintage. Blackcurrent gallore. Good tannins, great fruits and a good finish.
Château Grand Puy Lacoste 2008
5ème Cru Classé. Famous and popular for its very good quality price ratio, it exhibits an evolved and fragrant nose. Juicy, racy and tasty with a fine polished texture. Classic style, has developed some complexity with quite a cedarish fruity retro olfactive. Excellent Pauillac expression. Mature. Classy.
Château Pontet Canet 2006
5ème Cru Classé. Deep garnet. Typical Pauillac nose especially the cassis accent often detected in Pontet Canet. A benchmark. Smooth and silky Good extracts of pure Pauillac Cabernet Merlot fruits and well integrated oak and tannins.
Château Lynch Bages 2011/13/14/15
5ème Cru Classé. A very popular wine with its rich and dense style. Deep purple. Complex nose of cinnamon, cedar, cassis, violet and oak vanillin. The palate is always fresh, deep, opulent, very full and precise in its tannin extraction resulting in and smooth texture. Always a unique, classic style whatever the vintage.
Château Duhart Milon 2014
€59 (available in cases x 6)
4ème Cru Classé. Ink dark. Toasted with blueberry, cassis and cedar, attractive fragrance. Very rotund entry with a good fruity crescendo in mid palate with a lively finish. The dosage of oak is balanced. This is quite a seductive and classy character. Will improve.
Château Latour 2005
€799 (availble in cases x 6)
1er Cru Classé. Classic, always statuesque and gentle elegance for this vintage. Superb balance of tobacco and smoky fruits. Fully integrated tannin that gives a great fluidity and gentle palate projection with an excellent steady finish. Ready now.
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