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2010 Château d'Angludet

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
April 2011
This is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot and a prodigious 12% Petit Verdot. The name here has been simplified from d'Angludet. A creamy crimson-black hue in the glass. Rather an interesting nose, rather meaty and perfumed fruit mixed together, with a dark blackberry character in particular. A very creamy gloss to the start, although it hollows out a little in the middle. There is an appealing fruit texture within though, a touch more savoury than the nose suggested, with vigorous but well covered tannins. It seems to have a little boldness to it though, a feeling no doubt bolstered by a presence of chocolatey tannins, fortunately all freshened up by the bright acidity. This is good. (16-17) points
Red

2010 Château d'Armailhac

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
April 2011
Cabernet Sauvignon 60%, Merlot 23%, Cabernet Franc 15% and Petit Verdot 2% - a very similar blend to 2009 - with 13.8% alcohol. Picked between September 28th and October 13th. The nose here is rather dense and withdrawn, but it does have a really supple, dark and concentrated style to the fruit as it opens up. Very composed and solid on entry, showing a fresh acid bite with some well covered and rather velvety tannins. Relaxed, very composed, with effortless structure underneath. A touch of exotic Armailhac spice in the finish too which gives some real interest. Rather polished, stony texture. Fine potential. I really like those rich velvety tannins. (17-18) points
Red

2010 Château Ausone

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
April 2011
The yield here is a 26 hl/ha - a remarkable figure in itself, although not really any different to 2009 or 2008 - giving 18000 bottles. The grand vin takes 67% of production. The blend is the usual 55% Cabernet Franc and 45% Merlot, and the élevage will be in 100% new oak. A very concentrated hue here, dark at the core and with an equally dark crimson rim. Amazing intensity on the nose, which speaks of forest fruits presented in a very concentrated and defined, pure style, lifted and bright, and yet also clearly defining the pure, concentrated, fruit essence that they represent. I could savour the purity of this aroma all day. The palate is tense, concentrated and substantial, the fruit sits here like a rich, tightly packed ball, with a sorbet-like intensity, slowly unfolding and relaxing, and yet never fading for one instant, The tannins are silky and almost go unnoticed as a result, the structure very fine, seemingly coming from the acidity and grip of the fruit. But there are tannins here....deeply buried. This has a taut and effortless presence. Wonderful. (18.5-19.) points
Red

2010 Château Balestard La Tonnelle

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
April 2011
This wine has a vibrant, dense, red-crimson hue. It has a very unusual nose, stuffed with Black Forest gateau, the scents intensely redolent of cherry and chocolate cake, but with a savoury twist to it. A touch of coffee too. This seems very ripe and oaky. Rather a substantial start on palate, quite firm although richly imbued with the same sweet chocolate and black cherry elements that were found on nose. But there is a firm composition underpinning it all. I sense a little heat suggestive of alcohol here though, and it has a very sweet substance. Some attractive elements here, but some that I find less appealing too. (14.5-15.) points
Red

2010 Château Barde-Haut

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
April 2011
This blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc seems dark and glossy in the glass. The nose is expressive, with a meaty, beef-stocky edge that I suspect with time will come to dominate this wine, although at the moment it all seems rather subtle, and the fruit is predominant. Nicely framed on the palate though, the flesh of the wine quite firmly framed by bright acidity and a good application of tannin. It does seem a touch juicy. Sweet and full, with some good grip running through the finish. Again there are some attractive elements here, but also some that provide a difficult distraction. (14-15) points
Red

2010 Château Baret

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
April 2011
Dark, very dense glossy black hue, with a crimson rim. The nose has some very sweet and concentrated fruits, with a rather brawny and less well defined style to them. Nicely fresh at the start of the palate though, the fruit showing a well-judged and lightly creamy quality which slowly gives way to the charcoal-dark tannins which run right through the middle of the wine. Rather appealing although you can only hope these rather firm tannins integrate. It certainly has the acidity to keep it going. Nice fruit flourish at the end. (15-16) points
White - Sweet/Dessert

2010 Château Bastor-Lamontagne

Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
April 2011
Residual sugar 108 g/l, below the vintage average but that is normal for Bastor. Bright and fresh and really citrusy. Very fresh palate too, full of citrus notes, tangerine especially, nuanced by smoke. Mildly liquorous, with a good depth on the palate. Honeyed and with a suggestion of botrytis grit to it. Rather bitter elements too, a fruit pithiness, coming into the midpalate which do detract a little though. But overall lots of good raw material here. Super effort. (16-17) points
Red

2010 Château Batailley

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
April 2011
Cabernet Sauvignon 78%, Merlot 19%, Petit Verdot 2% and Cabernet Franc 1% - very similar to 2009 just with slightly more Cabernet, slightly less Merlot - with 13.5% alcohol. This has a vibrant appearance, with decent concentration of colour. There is a rich, creamy fruit vigour here on the nose here. This is certainly promising. Quite smoky aromatically, and there is some influence from a rather flashy application of oak here. The palate has a very soft and gently creamed start, with the very broad and open style that I expect from Batailley. Lovely fruit quality though, and piles of charcoaly tannin underneath, and also good acidity to back it up. Really tight grip in the finish. There are elements here that are lovely, but it seems rather loose-knit. Nevertheless this is one of the best showings of Batailley I have ever tasted; if it tightens up in barrel it could be very fine indeed. (16-17) points
Red

2010 Château Beau-Séjour Bécot

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
April 2011
This wine is 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 2.5% each Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. This deeply coloured wine has a vibrant and lifted nose of macerated black cherry skins. The palate follows on in this firm style with a rather bold substance which matches the feel of the nose all too well, showing a rather direct frame which is not entirely filled by the fruit or flesh of the wine. It has a deep layer of rather chewy tannins, again harking back to that peculiarly hedonistic nose. There is a fair acidity to it though. Unsurprisingly, it all culminates in a long and chewy tannic finish. (14.5-15.) points
Red

2010 Château Beauregard

Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
April 2011
An intense crimson hue here. On the nose some concentrated fruit compote, very creamy and glossy style. At the start on the palate it shows lots of substance here, the fruit less well defined through the middle compared to the aromatics although it does have a rich and characterful presence. The nose is more dense and savoury. The palate is rich, with firm tannins, all quite chewy and highly extracted, but there is good acidity here keeping it fresh. A long finish, with more than a touch of chew to the tannins. (16-17) points
Red

2010 Château Beausejour (Duffau Lagarrosse)

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
April 2011
Since 2009 this has estate has been managed by Nicolas Thienpont and the wine made by Derenoncourt. In the glass this is really dark and concentrated, a glossy crimson-black, with intense concentration right up to the very narrow rim. A big, sweet, confit fruit nose; although the wines of this vintage are occasionally marked by this character this wine does wear it on its sleeve more than others. Hints of sweet cherry pie. A big and creamy texture at the start, but this is quickly reined in to give notes of floury fruit tempered by vibrant and piercing acidity. The tannins are less obvious, still there, but well hidden by the wealth of sweet fruit. An impressive cuvée which has a long, tingling finish with plenty of warm grip. (16.5-17.) points
Red

2010 Château Belair-Monange

St. Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
April 2011
Now a Mouiex property, and quite appropriately there is now a new label. Glossy, crimson-purple hue. Rather dark fruits on the nose here, with quite a savoury feel to them too. Just a little hint of reduction on this sample though? Nevertheless, a finely polished feel on the palate, gently creamy but not fat, not sweet but savoury instead, the fruit dark. This shows a lovely combination of acids in the middle and a light tannic seam running through it alongside. Polished finish. There is certainly fine and rather restrained potential here. (17-18) points
Red

2010 Château Berliquet

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
April 2011
A nicely expressive nose here, with a rich but vibrant red fruit style, nuanced with buttery oak and also some savoury elements. The palate is rather restrained and gently composed at first, then shows more vibrancy through the middle, the acidity really coming to life here. Alongside there is a rather dark layer of tannins to complement the redder, fresh style of fruit. Rather keen and grippy at the end. A potentially good wine here. (16-17) points
Red

2010 Château Bernadotte

Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
April 2011
Shown at Pichon-Lalande, this property having been acquired by May-Eliane de Lencquesaing in 1997. The harvest was October 2nd to 19th, yield 50 hl/ha, the blend 52.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 48.5% Merlot. The pH is 3.62, the IPT 73, and this will see 33% new oak. A dark hue, not so glossy or concentrated as many other wines. Rather a spicy nose, a touch oaky and a little gamey too. The palate seems quite linear and it doesn't have the flesh of some other wines. The fruit has a fresh and lighter red character which does appeal, and with none of the gaminess that the nose suggested. Overall, bright and rather uplifting, full of attractive red fruit with rather chalky tones. (14.5-15.) points
Red

2010 Château Beychevelle

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
April 2011
This wine is led by Cabernet Sauvignon at 54%, followed Merlot at 38%, Cabernet Franc at 5% and Petit Verdot at 3%; that is a fairly high percentage of Merlot, higher than most within the commune. A vibrant and glossy hue on inspection, with a wide pink-crimson rim. An unusual nose, rather smoky and meaty, with some toasty elements, perhaps all oak-derived? On the palate it seems very soft at first, then in the middle displaying better, more vibrant acidity. The tannins begin quite well hidden, but on subsequent tastes it is clear there is a lot of tannin here, but also a lot of fruit and flesh. Fairly vigorous in style. Top-heavy fruit too though, but it is freshened by the crisp acidity. (16.5-17.) points
Red

2010 Château Blason D'Issan

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
April 2011
The second wine of Issan. The blend is 59% Cabernet Sauvignon and 41% Merlot, the yield 42 hl/ha, harvest dates as for Issan. It accounts for 47% of production. The pH is 3.81, IPT 72 and alcohol 13.3%. Dark black plum hue here rather similar to the grand vin, still rather concentrated too. The nose has a plummy edge to it as well, fresh and yet quite dense. A lovely freshness and definition on the palate, quite broad and appealing with its dense fruit character. Really rather substantial and good for a second wine. Fresh and lifted fruit supported by grainy tannins and bright acidity. Really direct and integrated. A rather bold, biting tannin finish is the only downside. (16-17) points
Red

2010 Château Le Bon Pasteur

Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
April 2011
A glossy, dark cherry red hue here, with a wide crimson-cherry rim. Rather a crunchy style to the fruit on the nose, with thick-skinned blackcurrant and plum fruits. The palate is fairly restrained for the vintage, gently textured with plenty of structure showing through. Despite this it does have a rather supple and savoury feel, even as the charcoaly tannins appear in the middle of the wine. And there is plenty of freshening acidity which goes with that crunchy style of fruit. Quite a grippy finish, with a lot of tannin here. (16-17) points
Red

2010 Château Bourgneuf

Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
April 2011
A Moueix wine. The Vayron family have dropped the -Vayron suffix here, following the renaming of another 'Bourgneuf' property owned by Jean-Luc Thunevin. Merlot 90%, Cabernet Franc 10%. Rather dark black cherry hue, darker than many other Moueix wines. Rather fresh and lifted, with sweet black cherry character. Certainly showing a lot of structure at the beginning, with a seam of tannin apparent, the fruit catching up a little through the middle. This foretells the midpalate character which is one of big tannic structure and soft lightly creamed fruit. Full, characterful, impressive and for the long haul. Fresh acids. A lovely effort overall, all polished off by its pure fruit essence at the end. (17-18) points
Red

2010 Château Bourgneuf-Vayron

Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
April 2011
A Moueix wine. The Vayron family have dropped the -Vayron suffix here, following the renaming of another 'Bourgneuf' property owned by Jean-Luc Thunevin. Merlot 90%, Cabernet Franc 10%. Rather dark black cherry hue, darker than many other Moueix wines. Rather fresh and lifted, with sweet black cherry character. Certainly showing a lot of structure at the beginning, with a seam of tannin apparent, the fruit catching up a little through the middle. This foretells the midpalate character which is one of big tannic structure and soft lightly creamed fruit. Full, characterful, impressive and for the long haul. Fresh acids. A lovely effort overall, all polished off by its pure fruit essence at the end. (17-18) points
Red

2010 Château Bouscaut

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
April 2011
The colour here is glossy but;dark with a cherry-red rim. The confit style of the vintage shows here;the nose dominated by sweet cherry pie, but polished and relaxed. An attractive;palate here, with a gentle and plush layer of fruit which sits over a fine seam;of acid keeping the wine fresh. A lovely red-fruit character, cherry and red;plum, perfumed with vanilla and well-done toast. The tannins seem supple and;well covered, just providing a bit of chew at the edges. Appealing. Not quite;the vigour or backbone of some though. (15-16) points
White

2010 Château Bouscaut Blanc

Pessac-Léognan Sauvignon Blanc more

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, Chris Kissack
April 2011
A really intriguing nose here, immediately;smoky, then more suggestive of light matchsticky reduction. But behind all this;the creaminess of the Semillon can clearly be felt, lifted by the light zip of;the Sauvignon, but these elements do tend to fade in and out behind the;matchstick aroma. A lovely fresh entry, clean and winsome, then in the middle a;little more flesh and substance is seen. Powdery fruit, and a good cleansing;style, but overall it has a solid and slightly creamy style rather than vibrant;lift. Good though. (15.5-16.) points
Red

2010 Château Branaire-Ducru

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
April 2011
The blend here is 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23.5% Merlot, 4.5% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, the alcohol 13.8% and the pH 3.53. A glossy-looking wine here. Quite vibrant and crunchy fruit on the nose. The palate is quite soft and broad though, and shows some lovely sweet fruit, and it is quite structured beneath, the different elements sitting together quite harmoniously. Good acidity too. Overall it ends up with quite a fresh and juicy feel, but with some nice vigour to it as well. Some appealing fruit complexities here. Good potential. (16.5-17.) points
Red

2010 Château Brane-Cantenac

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
April 2011
This is 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc, and gives us just 13.5%. A lovely, dark, black cherry hue here. The nose has exuberant fruit, smoky and sweet, with a gritty, fruit-skin concentration to it. Nicely polished on the start, with quite plump fruit here, rather juicy, with quite a strong grip coming into it in the middle. There is quite a firm acidity as well. Rather savoury black plum notes coming in at the end of the palate. A touch of chewiness to the tannins here, with a grainy edge. A good if rather substantial effort, with the savoury and tannic grip at the end holding particular appeal. A good structure for Brane-Cantenac with the fruit to match here. And it has that effortless feel to it. (15.5-16.) points
White - Sweet/Dessert

2010 Château Broustet

Barsac Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
April 2011
Very clean style on the nose with a rich, very polished-stone fruit character. It is slightly smoky as well, and certainly holds some appeal. The palate shows the same vibrancy of fruit but there is texture and style here with it. Some nice liquorous development in the middle, with all the energy and grip of the botrytis. Lovely creamy style on the finish, and overall lovely vigour too. This is wonderful effort for Broustet. (16.5-17.) points
Red

2010 Château Brown

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
April 2011
The blend here is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. This sample has a dark and glossy hue, with a creamed-fruit nose reminiscent of dark and roasted cherries. The palate is supple, rather seductive, despite having a lot of structured and a fairly firm underpinning acidity. The fruit character is certainly very ripe, taking on a rather brawny feel, showing more of the roasted composition that was evident on the nose. In the glass it seems to hone itself a little, also showing better defined fruit with a fresher feel, given a little time. (15.5-16.) points
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