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2009 Château d'Armailhac

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, Chris Kissack
October 2011
Not very expressive at first, revealing with time some roasted fruit character, before some darker, sooty and nutty elements come through as well. The palate is supple, well formed and well filled out, with a very light structure which is only seen in the very finish. Attractive, lightly savoury fruit elements here though, with a little more grip showing on a second tasting, although the finish is still deceptively soft. There is potential here, but I prefer Clerc-Milon's more confident style in this vintage. 17.5 points
White - Sweet/Dessert

2009 Château Bastor-Lamontagne

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, Chris Kissack
October 2011
Freshness as always from Bastor, although not the trademark blood orange notes several vintages have given me in the past; perhaps this vintage was just too warm and rich for that? Yellow fruits, plum, and a lovely lift on the nose. A different style on the palate when compared to other wines tasted here, much less sweet, with a more tangible substance because of that, elements of grip and pith coming in, giving the wine a very citrusy feel to it, even though there is still a very good weight here. Stylish, and will probably offer very good value. 17 points
Red

2009 Château Batailley

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, Chris Kissack
October 2011
Rich red fruits here, more toasty oak too, but a surprising freshness to the fruit character which has a lifted, red berry style. The palate is rather gentle in terms of substance and weight, showing some elegance, with restrained fruit character sitting within a frame of tannin and fresh acidity. It has a supple and rather understated presence on the palate, showing gentle structure and a slightly caramelised fruit sweetness. It seems a touch diffuse but there is promise here. 16 points
Red

2009 Château Beauregard

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, Chris Kissack
October 2011
A smoky substance on the nose, much of which reflects barrel aging I think. There follows a supple weight on the palate, dense and structured, quite grippy, with plenty of backbone to it, and although it shows through very strongly in the finish I don't feel it is too much for the wine. The overall impression of is of a muscular, sinewy rather than supple wine, with good potential for the future. The primeurs sample was chewy and under-fruited. This seems to hold a little more promise than that early opinion suggested. 15.5 points
Red

2009 Château Berliquet

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
October 2011
Nice grainy fruit on the nose here, concentrated but not over the top, although alongside it there is an unusual note faintly suggestive of freeze-dried coffee. It may be a barrel element, but I wonder if it is related to the very unusual and unappealing bitter streak running through the palate. There is pile of chewy extract here, the wine overly tannic and over-worked. A puckering structure dominates here, the wine taking on a very unusual ghost-like presence as a result, as if sucked dry. And a bitter finish too, with more of those tannins. 14.5 points
Red

2009 Château Beychevelle

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, Chris Kissack
October 2011
Some fine-grained oak elements here, bringing a little hint of caramel to the aromatics, over some soft and slightly perfumed red fruits. There are some darker fruit elements too. Quite a convincing substance at first, allowing in some chalky tannins in the midpalate, giving this wine more evident structure than some in the middle. There is good acidity too. Overall, although it has slightly more evident structure and quite a spicy midpalate character, there is a good sense of harmony to it. The finish is lightly bitter and savoury, which I like. This is fresh and convincing. 16.5 points
Red

2009 Château Branaire-Ducru

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, Chris Kissack
October 2011
Highly perfumed black fruits here, full of blackcurrants and rose petals, a nose suggestive of a bright, crystalline intensity of fruit. Aromatically an impressive wine, and quite distinctive within the context of the vintage, at this tasting at least. This comes through on the palate too, which shows a perfumed layer first of all, then a more solid frame, which isn't quite as well filled out by the fruit character as I hoped. On returning to it though it does show an admirable weight of fruit with a defined texture, gritty and tangible, which leads into a more tannic finish. This has delightful appeal, and could well be brilliant. 18 points
Red

2000 Château Brane-Cantenac

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, Chris Kissack
October 2011
The first vintage where Henri and team excluded all the press wine. Strict selection with only 27% of the harvest in the grand vin. Quite firm and not so open and accessible at the very beginning. Work at it and there is a deep layer of fruit here still, with a slightly diffuse suggestion of evolution on top. It's hard to pin down at present and I suspect this reflects this wines still relatively youthful evolution. The colour in the glass still has a crimson tinge, but the aroma is redolent of tea leaves with a concentrated feel, strong and broad, opening out to reveal more defined notes with time, notes of cigar and leather, and a certain perfume too. The palate is remarkable, so supple and concentrated, dense and impressive. There is a grip and tannic core to it, and good acids too. Firm and really well structured, this is still showing some awkwardness but it is clear that it will be excellent given time. There is still much resolution yet to achieve here; the finish is still where the tannins show, but it is extremely long and serious. A vin de garde. 17.5 points
Red

2001 Château Brane-Cantenac

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, Chris Kissack
October 2011
Includes 10% Cabernet Franc. This is really quite evolved now at ten years of age, with a firm secondary character on the nose. It has some lovely expression, showing black tea leaves, black olives, pencil shavings, all wrapped up in a lovely, complex and mature blanket. The palate is really rather relaxed, the fruit intensity and texture yielding a little into the sweetness of integrated maturity. Balanced, just on the softer side in terms of structure, but at this age with integrating tannins this is probably appropriate. very stylish. There are floral elements here perhaps related to that slug of Cabernet Franc. A second taste shows there is more structure here than first meets the eye so there is still much potential here, but I do feel this wine is shifting down a gear. Although it is very good with it. 16 points
Red

2002 Château Brane-Cantenac

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, Chris Kissack
October 2011
The fruit here is a little less clearly defined than some vintages and is rather hard to ascertain at first. With a little time it shows dark and evolving fruit, moving into notes of pencil shavings and then spiced sandalwood. It certainly has aromatic appeal. A gentle, perfumed, feminine start, with that slightly chalky, red fruit character at the beginning, expanding in the midpalate to show some low level polished tannins. It's the acidity that dominates here, this being 2002 of course. Nevertheless there is a supple twist to it, but there is no denying the vintage which shows through with that really quite firm acidity. But there is some substance around it. The finish is really rather short though. 14.5 points
Red

2003 Château Brane-Cantenac

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, Chris Kissack
October 2011
Quite an exotic character on the nose, with dark, pure and defined fruits, very expressive, with Oriental spices and black beans, hints of black tea leaves, and a little note of iron firmness too. There is the creamy weight of the vintage at the start, and this continues through the palate betraying the character of the vintage very plainly. There is some acidity at the core, but it is the weight of the wine with its heavy sense to the fruit that really dominates the character of the palate. The finish is grippy with fat tannins. The team at Brane-Cantenac picked some Cabernet Sauvignon early in this vintage, alongside the Merlot, in order to preserve some aromatic complexity and this may well have helped the acidity as well. It just doesn't have the more pleasing definition of the more typical vintages. But the finish is lively and energetic and there is certainly success here within the context of the vintage. 16 points
Red

2004 Château Brane-Cantenac

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, Chris Kissack
October 2011
An evolved, certainly more crystalline fruit character here. Black cherry, ripe and expressive but with a fresh, croquant definition to it. And there are darker element to it as well, damson, blackcurrant, but all with a beautiful freshness, and a rich, floral vein. This is really evolving and opening up in the glass. It has a gentle polish at the start, then a very integrated midpalate, a little leaner and more crystalline than in riper vintages, but still very nicely composed. Beautifully structured and with very lively acids in keeping with the vintage. The tannins feel supple but they linger for a surprising amount of time, and are so very polished. This is really very surprising and delicious for this vintage, showing a fine supple character, but the structure is there too. 16.5 points
Red

2005 Château Brane-Cantenac

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, Chris Kissack
October 2011
Quite a distinctive nose here, almost crystalline in terms of fruit purity, but there is undoubtedly fruit richness here too, presented with a great velvety polish to it. Remarkably for six years of age it seems very expressive and open. There is real charm here but there are suggestions of evolving mature complexity as well. This is going to be very exciting aromatically in the future. It has all the delicious texture of 2005 - this is the wine which most closely resembles the 2009 - with a more refined, relaxed posture than the more recent vintage. There is a great harmony here, the tannins can be sensed throughout but they sit in balance with the rest of the wine. It just feels so complete in the middle, with everything coming through on even terms, but there is structure and longevity beneath. A great finesse to the tannins here, and a beautifully fading finish. 17.5 points
Red

2006 Château Brane-Cantenac

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, Chris Kissack
October 2011
2006 Rather more withdrawn aromatically then the later vintages tasted here. With a little more air it does reveal a very appealing, slightly honeyed style of fruit, dark and very seductive in character. I find it alluring and hugely seductive. I think it has some complex elements to the fruit, like black bean, and there is still a little oak showing through with that honeyed note. There is no harshness on the palate unlike some wines of the vintage, showing only a silky front which fades slowly, yielding to a more structured midpalate, although the fruit always stays well on top in a soft and elegant layer, backed up by appropriately firm acidity. There is grip in the finish but it is ripe and meaty. An impressive effort. 16 points
Red

2007 Château Brane-Cantenac

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, Chris Kissack
October 2011
This is expressive, quite rich, superficially not like a 2007 on first glance. Nevertheless there is an evolved and slightly gamey edge to the fruit here, and not quite the purity of expression seen in the subsequent vintages. It is rather dense and a touch smoky. The palate has a warm and welcoming flesh, gentle and quite polished, before a slightly drier, more dusty feel in the middle. The softness goes right through the middle though - this wine doesn't show the backbone of the later vintages. There is a lively acid seam to it though so there is certainly some freshness here. Overall I think for the vintage it is very good, but it still reflects the difficulties of 2007 to some extent. 15 points
Red

2008 Château Brane-Cantenac

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, Chris Kissack
October 2011
This is 70% Cabernet Sauvignon. It has a less concentrated appearance than its peers. An appealing nose, lightly perfumed, well into the red-fruits part of the spectrum, tinged with liquorice and Oriental spices. There is clarity here in terms of the fruit profile, but also something more complex, a little like black bean. There is a stony but not hard edge to the fruit, more suggestive of elegance than anything else. There follows a very supple, gentle palate, rounded and polished, showing a little cream in the middle. Very relaxed and composed, with quite vibrant acids here in keeping with the vintage, but there is a structural force buried quite deep here as well. Surprisingly convincing in view of the vintage. 16 points
Red

2009 Château Brane-Cantenac

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, Chris Kissack
October 2011
This is aromatically very different to the 2010. The elegant fruit has moved into a more tobacco-tinged character, with sous bois, dried leaves, a little tinge of cigar to match. There is still plenty of primary fruit here though; this is not overly advanced. The flesh here is unsurprisingly more pronounced than in 2010, and certainly represents the vintage very nicely, but it is perhaps more restrained than some other 2009s. It remains very harmonious and reserved on the palate, and then in the finish there is a sudden wave of exotic fruits and spices, and a flourish of ripe tannins too. Very nicely balanced. Really long and fresh despite the flesh of the vintage. More energy here than in the middle. More substance too. 17.5 points
Red

2010 Château Brane-Cantenac

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, Chris Kissack
October 2011
A sample drawn on 21st October, tasted 24th October. Cabernet Sauvignon 62%, Merlot 30%, Cabernet Franc 8%. A very elegant and yet polished nose. Very expressive, no shrinking violet, but still an attractive floral perfume over the black fruits. Quite a gentle weight for the vintage, elegant though, quite polished, lightly silky. The tannins here are very soft. There is a feminine style, a regal sense to it which holds great appeal. It is supple but also quite linear, the tannins well integrated, very well hidden in the midpalate, more so than I have found in some other 2010s. In this respect it resembles the 2009 somewhat, with a great fleshy ripeness and cohesion to it. Lovely. (16.5-17.) points
Red

2009 Château Canon

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
October 2011
A really very appealing nose here, with black fruits, bright and lifted, in a very expressive manner. There is an elegant suggestion to it that stands out for the vintage. A supple start on the palate, before some slightly charcoaly tannins come in, but they do not overly dominate the palate. There is supple fruit, a firm extract, rather a bold substance, but the fruit maintains a presence here. Firm, certainly full of grip and dark substance, with a sooty edge from the extract. This has substantial potential, but it will need well over a decade to show its true colours. 18 points
Red

2009 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
October 2011
A dense fruit here, rich with the toasty spice of new oak as well. The palate seems to have a remarkable harmony for Canon-la-Gaffelière, the supple fruit combining easily with the firm layer of tannins beneath. There is structure and grip, and although there is a firm seam of tannins contributing to this it is not as overtly displayed as it is in some wines, and it is much more harmonious than in some vintages of Canon-la-Gaffelière tasted at this stage too. Rather a firm, alcohol-tinged body though; the alcohol is declared to be 14%. Overall though, convincing. 17.5 points
Red

2009 Château Carbonnieux

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
October 2011
Sweet and slightly smoky fruit on the nose here. Certainly a firm, lightly toasty barrel influence also. An elegant style on the palate though, perfumed and yet with a very good density, fresh, and well filled out. In the middle there is a good showing of crunchy tannins, with a full, spicy, sandalwood-tinged layer of fruit. Plenty of firm acidity. It all leads into a strong, grippy finish. Very attractive, although in a firm and robust style. A good effort for Carbonnieux though. 16.5 points
White

2009 Vincent Carême Vouvray Sec

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, Chris Kissack
October 2011
A wine which when I first tasted it at the domaine seemed to me rather bright and fresh, a wine more reminiscent of the bright scents of spring or summer than the sometimes more golden, autumnal, apple and pear nuances offered up by many examples of Vouvray. More recently though it has shown a somewhat deeper, more structured nuance, and I think it is a wine with more to offer than I first thought. This most recent tasting seemed to confirm this. It has a rather pale hue in the glass, and aromatically it still seems precise and restrained, with lightly lemony fruit, perhaps softly floral and minerally on the nose, but above all else full of citrus tones. Nevertheless, there is a really full substance in the mouth, much more than I recall, giving the wine a firm, grippy and substantial feel although this is nicely offset by the wealth of fresh, pithy fruit that sits alongside. It has a very confident energy underneath the softer fruit layers, and as the nose suggested is quite minerally, with lots of lovely grip in the end. This cuvée has a dry and pithy character and clearly has a lot more to offer yet. I suspect with time that underlying energy will come to dominate, taking control from the softness and flesh that currently hides the substantial grip here. This is long and fine; I'm looking forward to my next bottle already. 17 points
Red

2009 Domaine de Chevalier

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
October 2011
This is exotic and spiced on the nose, with many of these elements reflecting the presence of a seam of finely grained, toasty oak. The palate is full and balanced, elegantly composed, very firm and taut, with a stony element to the fruit despite the richness of the vintage. This wine breaks the mould here; it is taut, full of finesse, with a fine and grippy structure. Nevertheless it has a very impressive weight and definition, with savoury fruit complexity coming in alongside. Very impressive, a wine that has thrown off the sweet shackles of the vintage to show some really individual character. 18.5 points
Red

2009 Château Clerc Milon

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
October 2011
A full-on, stolid but at least expressive layer of fruit on the nose, which at least inspires some confidence. A lovely supple integration on the palate though, as there is a balanced weight of fruit together with well-covered, ripe and almost imperceptible tannins and a gentle but fresh acidity. The finish is very savoury and only lightly structured, but the flavours of olive and cranberry with its slightly bitter, mouth-watering bite certainly bring some pleasure. A very good effort. 18 points
White - Sweet/Dessert

2009 Château Climens

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, Chris Kissack
October 2011
This has an immediate and stunning impact on the nose, there being real density here, with very concentrated elements of flavour that move away from fresh and tropical and more towards botrytis, with hints of barley with a caramelly weight. That is not to say there is no freshness though, it is very lifted and elegant. This is despite the serving temperature being a little less cool than I would like! The fruit is broad, rich, weighty and sweet, with a fine grip to it all. Full, wonderful extract, with a fine grip and lots of sweet substance. Really impressive weight here. This will be magnificent. 19 points
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