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| ||Tasted by sbeaudry on 4/1/2013 & rated 89 points: Vin avec beaucoup de fruit, aucun tanin. très souple (2049 views)|
| ||Tasted by Undertaker on 7/30/2011 & rated 85 points: Guter franz. Bordeaux. Nicht so korpulent und kräftig, aber durchaus feiner und geschmackvoller Wein. Vom Duft bis zum Abgang sehr elegant. Aber nichts für Liebhaber der kräftigen Rotweine. (3107 views)|
| ||Tasted by vinaigre on 1/16/2011 & rated 90 points: Deep ruby, nice typical Bordeaux nose of pencil shavings, red fruits and earth. Nice boby abd acidity, Tannins are starting to resolve. Drinking well now and worth the $$. Nice 2001 Bordeaux. (3423 views)|
| ||Tasted by Smahlatz on 7/27/2010 & rated 90 points: I really enjoy this wine - lovely generous mature fruit - nicely balanced - still plenty to offer - delicious. (3579 views)|
| ||Tasted by maothecat on 11/14/2008 & rated 83 points: This is not ready to drink yet. I'd give it at least 3 years. Initially believed it was defective but the funky smell eventually went away leaving behind a typical 'green pepper' bordeaux (3739 views)|
| ||Tasted by d'Artagnan on 9/30/2008 & rated 87 points: Je pense toujours avec émotion au superbe 1989, un des meilleurs rapports qualité/prix de St-Estèphe à l’époque, spectaculaire à 10 ans en 1999. Depuis les proprios ont changé et le cru a eu une période de transition difficile selon mes lectures et les rares bouteilles essayées dans les années 90.|
Le nez était plutôt déplaisant au début, je pensais à une bouteille défectueuse, une espèce d’odeur de cave renfermée, pas de liège cependant. Après une heure d’aération, ça se dissipe pour des aromes plus classiques de poivron, de cuir et de viande rouge. Correct mais la bouche est beaucoup mieux.
Belle texture, un fruit mûr et rond, belle fraicheur dans un ensemble qui conserve tout de même une certaine austérité. Équilibre impeccable, joli vin à la finale un peu courte. Pas complexe mais un bon St. Estèphe, même si moins charmeur que le 1989…Prêt à boire. 87-88 pts (2228 views)
| ||Tasted by vinaigre on 2/26/2007 & rated 89 points: Nice wine, deep ruby red, no bricking on the edges. This has some nice notes of plums, earth, lead pencil and fruits. Nice body and balanced acidity. The tannins were there but not over the top. Starting to drink well now. Medium length. (2280 views)|
| ||Tasted by mjf on 12/23/2005 & rated 90 points: Very fine taste, very elegant wine but in my opinion it is better to keep this wine in it's bottle for the next 2-5 years (2438 views)|
| ||Tasted by peteng on 4/24/1998: -- (1166 views)|
| ||Tasted by peteng on 10/3/1997: moget, behagligt, blyerts (1116 views)|
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|By Chris Kissack|
Winedoctor, February 2008
(Chateau Lilian Ladouys St Estèphe) Finally in this line up, a nose to smile about. Here there is an elegant, gravelly, slightly meaty perfume, with aromatic fruit maturity. A delicate palate, not brimming with structure although it has decent acidity. There is a burnt edge to it, like that found in other vintages. Soft tannins. Some good qualities here. 14.5 points
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Red Bordeaux Blend Read about the grapes used to produce Bordeaux The variety Red Bordeaux Blend in CellarTracker implies any blend using any or all of the five traditional Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. As such, this is used worldwide, whether for wines from Bordeaux, Meritages from California and Canada, some Super-Tuscan wines etc.
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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).