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Red

2011 Château D'Aiguilhe

Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
April 2012
Part of the Neipperg portfolio. A rich, glossy damson hue. Lots of density and fruit substance here, with blackcurrant and smoky damson, rich and concentrated but with good substance. The palate offers much promise, with dark and ripe fruit character like the nose, not showing overt sur-maturité despite the density of it all, and clean without any incongruous wisps of alcoholic heat. Rich, creamy, full of pure flavour, with charcoal-tinged extraction betraying the presence of some rather chewy tannins, but overall this is certainly promising. (15-16) points
White - Sweet/Dessert

2011 Château d'Arche

Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
April 2012
Residual sugar 137 g/l, total acidity 3.8 g/l. The fruit here is dense, slightly smoky, perhaps showing some slightly roasted-toasted oak tones, otherwise it seems slightly difficult to pin down. Lots of energy and definition on the palate despite this though, the moderate weight of fruit more than matched by the acids. Soft and creamy sweetness here, but underpinned by plenty of grip and substance. Lots of sugar but perhaps not the phenolic grip and depth seen in some wines. A good style. (15-16) points
Red

2011 Château d'Armailhac

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
April 2012
The blend here is Cabernet Sauvignon 57%, Merlot 28%, Cabernet Franc 13%, Petit Verdot 2%, just a touch more Merlot than both 2010 and 2009. Alcohol 13%. A finer and lifted style of fruit here on the nose compared to Petit Mouton. Violets, and a red tone to the fruit, with a touch of cranberry. The palate is pure, defined and direct, with a less convincing texture than some wines, and there is spice and tannin coming through the middle. A little more weight to it with a little time though, the fruit character remains very croquant and bright though, with a crunchy, grainy finish. The tannins are ripe, velvety, on the dense side especially against that red fruit character. A great freshness to it. Not the most substantial wine but certainly elegant and with promise. (15-16) points
Red

2011 Les Asteries

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
April 2012
A Jonathan Maltus wine, a single-vineyard cuvée, from 80-year old vines between Fonroque and Clos Fourtet. Really vibrant fruit character on the nose here, with a fresh, bright, lightly acid and floral forest-fruit style to it. The texture on the palate has a creamy presence, but there is a great depth of substance behind this which is enticing. The fruit remains fresh despite the texture and tannic core it hides. An impressive wine which will cellar very well. (15.5-16.) points
Red

2011 Château Ausone

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
April 2012
The yield was 29 hl/ha, the blend the now familiar Cabernet France 55%, Merlot 45%, with the grand vin taking 69% of what was bottled. A really dark fruit character to it here. Dark, reserved, a little reductive this sample (as were a number of other wines poured at Ausone) making judgements difficult. Very reserved fruit, with a little cashew element from the oak, some black cherry fruit after a while, and increasingly some floral notes too. The palate is polished, clean, the fruit showing a very rich and lightly grainy character. The style of the structure is reserved, but very fine and precise, with the substance of the wine well reined in, and this fine-boned and stylish character carries through the finish. This is very tight and linear, with massive intensity but it is all very tightly packed in. Less flattering than expected right now, but I suspect in the long run a remarkable wine. (17-18) points
Red

2011 Château Balestard La Tonnelle

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
April 2012
Dark, concentrated, cherry fruit on the nose here, with a slightly warm feel to it though. A rich, tightly-packed and creamy wine, showing some less appealing balsamic tones to the fruit here as well. On the palate the substance is quite forceful, the tannins domineering and giving the wine a powerful grip, and the overall effect here feels a little over the top, especially with those raging tannins waiting for you in the finish. (12.5-13.) points
White - Sweet/Dessert

2011 Château Bastor-Lamontagne

Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
April 2012
Residual sugar 115 g/l, total acidity 4.0 g/l. Fresh and lightly chalky, yellow-fruit character on the nose here, very clean and with a yellow plum character. A fine, gritty sense to it, but only moderate depth. The palate has some nice, precise acid backbone to it, with a savoury density and plenty of sweet richness. Lots of precise, almost mineral definition at its core. And in the finish I find some crunchy definition. Good, and showing the typical Bastor restraint. (16-17) points
Red

2011 Château Batailley

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
April 2012
The blend here is Cabernet Sauvignon 85%, Merlot 11%, Petit Verdot 3%, Cabernet Franc 1%. Yield 38 hl/ha. There is some attractive and rather perfumed fruit here, with plums, forest fruits, ripe, not overdone. The palate has a similarly attractive, well-honed character, with good definition and lift, and most importantly it has a linear and defined shape with lots of well judged tannins slid underneath, and appealingly bright acidity. I've not been convinced by the Batailley renaissance recently even though I know it has an increased following in recent years. To me it always fell down on its midpalate definition and vigour, but not in this vintage. This is a really lovely effort. Well done. (15.5-16.) points
Red

2011 Château Beau-Séjour Bécot

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
April 2012
This wine has a very dark and concentrated hue, with a vibrant rim though. There is a dark, black cherry character on the nose to match, with bright edges to the fruit despite the darker depths though. A good depth of substance on the palate, showing dark and rich fruits, creamy but not light or too rich, instead it feels appealingly savoury and structured, with a ripe and appropriate seam of tannins. A very polished style, harmonious, certainly rich with its ripe and velvety tannins, but it does not feel overdone. And it has a long finish. This is a stunning performance from this estate in the context of the vintage, with such harmony and composure. (16.5-17.) points
Red

2011 Château Beauregard

Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
April 2012
An attractive style on the nose here, some nutty complexity on top of a rich and clean vein of fruit. Good substance on the palate, with a rich character and spicy depth to the fruit. Substantial but balanced and well formed, This is a very well crafted, attractive and composed wine. There is a lovely quality to the tannins, rich but cottony, maybe velvety, with fresh acidity and overall everything sits together really well. A really fine character on the finish. A convincing wine from Beauregard! And a long finish too. (16-17) points
Red

2011 Château Belair-Monange

St. Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
April 2012
Firmly established as a Moueix property now. A ripe and exotic, open character to the fruit aromatics, showing a clean, creamed, forest fruit style, although it feels tightly reined in rather than sweet. There is a more elegant and supple style here, a wider seam to the texture, the midpalate better filled out, although there is some really prominent structure coming through too. Some graininess to its character too, and some remarkably bright acids. This should keep a really fine freshness as it ages. (15.5-16.) points
Red

2011 Château Bellevue Mondotte

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
April 2012
One of the Perse estates, tasted at Pavie. Another wine with a super-saturated appearance here, inky-dark, with crimson intensity at the rim. The nose resembles young Port more than Bordeaux; there is a whisky mash scent to it, which will go, but behind this there are dark fruits steeped in liqueur. And these fruits have a big, velvety, pruney texture and flavour. A glossy, creamy palate. There are some ripe tannins here, and they are more deeply buried than in some of the other Perse wines, but I still find this to be completely over the top. (12-13) points
Red

2011 Château Berliquet

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
April 2012
This has a really bright and expressive nose, with a pure dark fruit character, with a plummy tinge. The palate isn't quite so open and ready as the aromatics suggest through, as there is a wall of tannin coming through the middle and the fruit struggles to cope a little with this. It also has a slightly warm and baked character evident here, matched by a big chewy style on the finish. The fruit is close to coping, and the acidity is fresh, but it is still a fairly robust style. (14.5-15.) points
Red

2011 Château Bernadotte

Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
April 2012
Tasted at Pichon-Lalande. Cabernet Sauvignon 52%, Merlot 43%, Cabernet Franc 3%, Petit Verdot 2%. Alcohol 13%, acidity 3.33 g/l, IPT 68. This takes 60% of the harvest. There is a sense of sweetness to the fruit here, although it is tempered by a rich, dark, concentrated character. This comes through as very polished and concentrated fruit on the palate, similarly dark, showing some freshness and with a deep but appropriate tannic structure. Lots of firm substance here, but it all feels well covered. A pretty good effort for the lesser of the Rouzaud estates, in a difficult vintage. (14-15) points
Red

2011 Château Beychevelle

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
April 2012
The blend this year is Cabernet Sauvignon 47%, Merlot 47%, Cabernet Franc 4% and Petit Verdot 2%. Dense roasted black cherry fruit here. The palate is big, expansive and softly textured, with a broad and rich velvety feel to it. For a young St Julien I can't help feeling it seems somewhat over the top. On the palate it feels highly extracted in the middle, showing massive tannins, rather firm in terms of character, and with a bold, dried-plum flavour. This just comes across as a touch too chewy and rich for my palate, although there is the classic 2011 acidity there despite this, the cooler summer having helped in this respect I think. (14.5-15.) points
Red

2011 Château Boyd-Cantenac

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
April 2012
The wine is darkly coloured with a vibrant crimson rim. The nose is rather difficult, dominated by oak lactones, and they somewhat obscure the fruit. Nevertheless there is fruit here, and this comes through on the palate which has some freshness. The composition is somewhat easy-going. Ripe tannins, well hidden by the emerging fruit and fresh acidity, linger on the finish. Overall a decent wine, especially considering what has gone on in this commune. (13-14) points
Red

2011 Château Branaire-Ducru

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
April 2012
Some beautiful fruit here, scents of lifted black cherry, vanilla, cream, this feels exuberant and stylish. Rich and quite seductive on the palate, full, with evident grip coming in beneath giving the plush fruit some backbone. Lots of extract here, but the wine manages to keep the tannins well packed in underneath what is a very plush and textured style. It has a lovely ripe finish in the end. I like this very much, but it is a rather sweet and flattering style. Very good potential here, but it feels a touch atypical perhaps - but I think that is a mark of the vintage more than anything else. (15-16) points
Red

2011 Château Brane-Cantenac

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
April 2012
Rather a smoky character to the fruit here. The aromatic profile seems slightly diffuse, showing some rather gamey fruit character. There is already some overt tobacco leaf here, which strikes me as unusual at this stage. The palate is rather low key, showing a straightforward and evolved style, with more tobacco leaf, and a gentle texture. This is light, with lightly grainy tannins and lots of fresh acids. Overall, rather lean and a touch steely. (13.5-14.) points
White - Sweet/Dessert

2011 Château Broustet

Barsac Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
April 2012
Residual sugar 135 g/l, total acidity 4.3 g/l. A wonderful minerally freshness to the nose here, bright and stony, but there is pure and refined yellow fruit here too. The palate is remarkably fresh and detached, but it is deceptive, as there is certainly great sweetness here, but it is well reined in by the acid frame of the wine, and all those crunchy, lightly minerally elements. Plenty of energy in the finish too. If looking for a fresh, restrained, floral Sauternes, this could be a very good choice. (15.5-16.) points
Red

2007 Château Brown

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
April 2012
There is a very fine liquorice-tinged and almost truffly character to the nose here, which seems quite evolved, but in a very good way. This is dark, stylish, and on the palate soft and open, with a charcoal-tinged grip to the structure and tannins of the wine. Rather supple and pleasing; surprisingly good, taking the vintage into consideration. 16 points
Red

2011 Château Brown

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
April 2012
Finished picking Oct 3rd, quite late compared to other vineyards. Yield 38.3 hl/ha (an average for all three varieties; lower than usual). Cabernet Sauvignon approximately 67%, Merlot approximately 33%. There is no Petit Verdot here, although the final blend may include 3-5%, so this is very much an unfinished barrel sample. A very dark and glossy hue. A very dark and deep fruit character to the nose. Rich in fruit but also harmony and style. The palate is gentle and composed, with a slightly perfumed chalkiness to the forest-fruit-nose. The extraction seems very appropriate, and the overall feel so supple and harmonious. There are ripe tannins underneath it all, and fresh acids too. Very good indeed. (15-16) points
White

2009 Château Brown Blanc

Pessac-Léognan Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
April 2012
Synthetic closure (Nomacork). No overt difference in colour here compared with the cork closure. The nose is certainly more evolved though, honeyed and slightly cakey, soft and with a touch of ginger. The palate is supple, evolved, slightly fat in terms of impact, but with a good substance underneath and a sense of grip too. A firm and lightly pithy finish. Good, but this is clearly rather advanced. 15 points
White

2009 Château Brown Blanc

Pessac-Léognan Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
April 2012
Natural cork. No difference to the wine bottled under synthetic cork in terms of colour. A very clean, attractive, lightly mineral nose, with a lightly matchsticky, slightly reductive tone to it. The palate is fresh, supple and youthful. It is showing good grip, with a light sense of pith to the fruit. This seems very true and typical for the domaine and appellation. Good wine and far superior to the experimental bottling under synthetic closure. 17 points
White

2011 Château Brown Blanc

Pessac-Léognan Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
April 2012
Yield 37.4 hl/ha (down on 2010). Sauvignon Blanc 70%, Semillon 30%. A richer hue than some samples. Lovely pure fruit freshness on the nose; a really fine and convincing character, fresh and bright and yet in possession of plenty of fruit as well. And the style is elegant and harmonious, not varietal. The palate is rich and fresh, supple and enticing, with an elegant grip to the end of the wine. A fine style, impressive and showing good texture and substance beneath the fruit. (16-17) points
White - Sweet/Dessert

2011 Château Caillou

Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
April 2012
A very pure and clean nose here, pure fruit character with a fresh, open and accessible style. A moderate suggestion of richness, but very fine definition and freshness to it. The palate is indeed rich, with great acidic energy underneath the sweetness, and a very pure and restrained yellow-golden fruit. Softly composed, very supple, elegant and convincing. Still on the lighter side but very good. There could be super value here I think. (16-17) points
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