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| ||Tasted by ml1 on 10/30/2012 & rated 90 points: Drinking nicely. Likely at its peak. Very pleasant soft red fruit, but a little thinner than I expected. (3379 views)|
| ||Tasted by Brnshj22 on 7/23/2012 & rated 90 points: Absolutely rocking and punching well above its weight at the moment. (3725 views)|
| ||Tasted by wconnolly on 2/4/2012 & rated 82 points: Although there is nothing wrong with this, it did not represent the complexity and depth of a typical St. Estephe. Brilliant garnet color. Some light fruits on the palate. A bit thin in the mouth. Rather dry and a bit heavy on the tannins. Disappointing given the otherwise outstanding vintage. (4084 views)|
| ||Tasted by Winekrupt on 12/22/2010 & rated 84 points: No faults, just not up to snuff. Very "fall fair"; hay bales and cotton candy. I also found it a bit sweaty/animal. Green pepper, white tobacco, and cooked fruit- jam... to its credit, quite varietally typical. In the mouth it really fell apart, the wine was thin, tannins dry... mostly vegetal on the palate. Must agree with some of the other recent posts... "weak in the knees". No faults, but terrible value. (5227 views)|
| ||Tasted by pjaines on 12/12/2010: Pfft. A great vintage, a great location - this should have been so much better but it was underwhelming to the point that I threw most of it down the sink. Not because it was undrinkable but it was just so forgettable that I figured I could spend the next hour of my life drinking this and forgetting it, or I could drink something else. Soft, round, soapy fruit. Little structure to speak of, which is surprising for a 2000 - this needs some tannins and structure but instead there is just flabby nothingness. A shame because previous vintages have been excellent. (5179 views)|
| ||Tasted by Andrew Beckett on 11/2/2010 & rated 84 points: I can't better kelderrule's review, it's spot on. (2932 views)|
| ||Tasted by pomelo on 10/7/2010 & rated 88 points: Robe rubis intense et opaque, la couronne commence à peine à tourner un peu vers le grenat. |
Au nez, le cassis, le tabac blond, un peu de cuir et la crème fraîche... Un beau petit bordeaux en perspective!
En bouche, l'attaque est encore fruitée et la bouche très agréable et la maturité du vin le rend très intéressant. Malgré que les tannins soient très souples et intégrés la finale est un peu décevante car le bois est la saveur qui demeure à la toute fin.
Malgré tout un vin à 27$ qui m'en aura donné pour mon argent. (3055 views)
| ||Tasted by WDSteers on 10/4/2010 & rated 83 points: weak in the knees as they say. Light with hints of mint. Not to my liking but not flawed (3009 views)|
| ||Tasted by Roel R on 1/10/2010 & rated 84 points: Not as impressive as one should expect from a St. Estephe. The tannins are now on the background. You kan taste cherry hints of vanilla leather and wood though al in al it's a bit watery or thin. I drank one bottle accompanied with cheese and one bottle with a meal with roasted (wild) duckbreast. The duck lifted up the wine. (3283 views)|
| ||Tasted by d'Artagnan on 9/12/2009 & rated 85 points: À Minogami. Correct sans plus. Un peu alcooleux, il y a du fruit mais un certain manque d'équilibre et de charme, avec des tanins rêches. 84-85 pts (3552 views)|
| ||Tasted by ml1 on 7/10/2009 & rated 88 points: Pretty muted nose. A little burnt wood, pencil and dark fruit. Probably drinking in its prime. Nice, simple Bordeaux that is showing a good balance of dark fruit, earth, tobacco and leather. Very dry with a long finish of oak and cherry. (3493 views)|
| ||Tasted by stnicolas on 6/29/2009 & rated 87 points: Fine ruby tones, adequately viscous, remarkable bouquet given its humble pedigree, plenty of fruit and delicately perfumed, pleasant mouthfeel, the remaining tannins suggesting still a few good years left as of 2009; fine wine altogether if not terribly complex. (3543 views)|
| ||Tasted by pea on 12/3/2008 & rated 87 points: Deep ruby color. Delicate nose with vegetative notes. Medium bodied, dark fruit and minerals with puckering tannins and short aftertaste. Disappointing. (3681 views)|
| ||Tasted by Roel R on 10/12/2008 & rated 84 points: Weinig tannines. Zeer milde smaakimpressie. Niet indrukwekkend of uitgesproken. (3648 views)|
| ||Tasted by TheDane on 8/17/2008 & rated 84 points: Lovely nose, but disapointing taste. Still fragile, and not ready yet. Tannis not very noticeble- not a good sign. This wine could be going downhill while waiting for it to hit the top!! (3687 views)|
| ||Tasted by Burgaddict on 5/15/2008 & rated 85 points: Very good nose, fruity with tones of chocolate and leather. Tasting: nice fruit, although a bit thin and not very long lasting. Gets better with aeriation in the glass. Pleasant wine, certainly when considering its prize. (3901 views)|
| ||Tasted by Griffin on 4/23/2008: (12.5% vol)|
Deep red colour with musk or other animalistic notes and cheese on the nose. There were also some underlying cherry and wood (close to pencil shavings) notes on the nose as well.
2 days later there was still an underdeveloped fruit core under the acidity and a peppery finish. It still seems like this wine was holding something back. I would personally wait a few more years to see how this fruit core develops. J-didn't like it (too earthy on the initial taste and laking a finish).
This wine remided me of the Bordeaux 2006 En-Primeur tasting I attended last year where I realised that I needed to be an experienced taster to recognise what was lying underneath those samples. Perhaps the wine is going through a "dumb phase" at the moment (3800 views)
| ||Tasted by jkoenen on 4/4/2008 & rated 89 points: Tour de Bordeaux; Next stop: St. Estèphe @ Roel's (Netherlands): Ruby red, deep core. Fragrant, ester-like bouquet. Prunes, rosehips, orchids, olives, caramel-and-cream. Seems modern and extracted. A sip reveals kirsch, chocolate, sweet bell pepper, coffee, leather and bulky but ripe tannines. Good effort, still slightly reserved now. 17/20 (1721 views)|
| ||Tasted by TheDane on 3/11/2008 & rated 83 points: Very nice nose, but still a bit thinand watery. Nice but fragile fruit, hidden under a thin layer of tanin. Should e a good chance for improvement over the next 3-6 years. Not a great wine. (3902 views)|
| ||Tasted by Brnshj22 on 1/5/2007 & rated 88 points: Initially, this was completely closed. Thin, watery and very uninspiring. An hour in the glass helped the nose immensely and notes of cassis, cedar and sunwarmed stones came out. Decent finish and quite a bit of tannins. Better on day 2 with a creamy texture and soft, sweet fruit. 87 pts on day 1, but the score ends on 88 due to the final improvements overnight. (4171 views)|
| ||Tasted by Jeremy Holmes on 12/10/2004: Very stinky with touches of high toast oak and barnyardy brett, fighting with some ripe plum and dark fruits for centre stage. The palate is a bit funky and whilst it is a disjointed wine it actually worked reasonably well with an earthy rabbit dish. I won’t be racing out to buy any more of this wine. (782 views)|
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|By Chris Kissack|
Winedoctor, October 2010
(Chateau Lilian Ladouys (St Estèphe)) A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. There are new owners at Lilian Ladouys these days, but this wine predates their involvement. This is a great vintage though so hopes should be high. Dark, rather high-toned but certainly fresh on the nose. Notes of crunchy autumn leaves, mature and delicate, something of a surprise given the vintage. Supple on entry, then rather dry and reserved through the middle. Structured, but with broad and soft edges. Really remarkably light and stony. Disappointing. 13 points
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Médoc Vins du Médoc (Conseil des Vins du Médoc) - Read More about the Medoc
The eight precisely defined appellations of the whole of the Médoc (from Blanquefort Brook to the north of the Bordeaux built-up area, almost to the Pointe de Grave) may claim the Médoc appellation. But there is also a specific territory in the north of the peninsula which produces exclusively wines with this appellation. In the great majority, the Médocs come from the north of the peninsula. The great individuality of this region is that the number of vines has increased more recently here than elsewhere, apart from a few isolated spots where vines have grown for many years. Today, the size of the small estate has brought about the development of a powerful co-operative movement. Four co-operatives out of five belong to the group called Unimédoc which ensures aging, bottling and marketing a large proportion of their wines.
St. Estèphe Read more about St. Estephe and its wines Whereas the first activity recorded in Saint-Estèphe goes back as far as the Middle Bronze Age, the first vines date from the Roman Occupation. But it was the Bordeaux merchants who by aging and selling Saint-Estèphe wines themselves were largely responsible for this appellation's fame. And in the nineteenth century, noted for its prosperity, the great estates of today were created. The movement continues today with the merging of small estates.
A land of great wines, Saint-Estèphe is situated almost in the centre of the Médoc, close to the Gironde Estuary. The appellation is equidistant from Bordeaux and the Pointe de Grave.
The beds of soil are characterized by their remarkable diversity, the result of their undulating relief and excellent drainage. Quartz and well-rounded pebbles mingled with light, sandy surface soil are found everywhere, giving the wines a distinctive finesse. And the subsoil is made up of the famous Saint-Estèphe limestone, which outcrops on the west of the commune.
Thanks to ideal conditions of climate and geology, Saint-Estèphe wines are characterized by their sturdy qualities and robust constitution. Accordingly, they can be laid down for a very long time while yet preserving their youth and freshness. Distinguished by a subsoil which is more clayey than that in the other communal appellations which lie by the river, the wine here attains a distinctive individuality : a very rich tannic structure, a fine deep red colour and an exceptional backbone with aromas of great finesse.
Production conditions (Decree dated September 11, 1936):
In order to have the right to the Saint-Estèphe appellation of controlled origin, red wines must:
- come from the communes of Saint-Estèphe, "excluding any parcels in that area which are situated on recent alluvium and sand on impermeable subsoils",
- satisfy precise production conditions : grape-varieties (Cabernet-Sauvignon, Cabernet-Franc, Carmenère, Merlot Noir, Petit Verdot, Cot or Malbec), minimum of sugar (178 grammes - 6.27 oz. - per litre of must) degree (an acquired 10°5) base yield (45 hectolitres per hectare).