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 Vintage2012 Label 1 of 29 
ProducerChâteau Le Puy (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
DesignationCuvée Emilien
AppellationBordeaux Côtes de Francs
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UPC Code(s)3760088890807, 3760088891194

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2017 and 2026 (based on 5 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 89.3 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 23 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Ward Huang on 2/10/2018 & rated 91 points: Agree with NICEFISH note. Barnyard and solid. Pity that we had no time to wait for the second day showing.

还是要陈一陈才好喝啊...... (175 views)
 Tasted by arvidpalmqvist on 11/9/2017: Red and black currants and other sour berries, elevated acidity and minerals with a clean and pure appearance (no appearent oak, no funk) and green strokes of tomato branch etc. Every time I've tasted a ChLP I've found it to be very green to the point where you could mistake it for a Loire Cab Franc, although this time I tasted it in a line up including an actual Loire wine. The empiric result was that this wine, while green, was quite less green and probably tastes more of a green-hinted Bordeaux rather than a Loire. (1361 views)
 Tasted by s******n on 10/29/2017 & rated 89 points: Solider Bordeaux. Aber nicht so fruchtig-schön wie der 2009er. (1175 views)
 Tasted by nicefish on 7/15/2017 & rated 89 points: So much better on night two. The barnyard receded revealing an elegant, delicious wine. (2068 views)
 Tasted by nicefish on 7/13/2017 & rated 86 points: Too much barnyard for my taste, restrained as it is. (1834 views)
 Tasted by JohanPe on 7/7/2017 & rated 91 points: Lovely nose, classic and no sign of oak whatsoever. Dark fruit, herbs, lead, funky notes of stable (balanced and under control), earth, violet flowers and more. Great nose, fresh with power and structure. Same notes on the palate, the fruit is a lot about fresh plums now. A tiny bit vegetal. Marked tannins that I find rounder than last time. Medium long aftertaste. Drinks great right now and will hold and develop the coming two decades. (1754 views)
 Tasted by westopherguy on 6/24/2017 & rated 90 points: A beautiful and intriguing nose of pickled beets, cherry, wet gravel, and spice. The palate was similar, but different, quite vegetal to me, although that's not a bad thing, with a finish of baking spice and black pepper. The finish itself is quite long, and evolves. At the very end are the subtle notes of the foudres. I'm torn as to whether this is truly worthy of its $50 price tag, but it is quite nice indeed. (1181 views)
 Tasted by Ben Christiansen on 3/23/2017: Stinky and bandaid-y but in a really good way. Smells like earth and animals. A Helion and magnetic center. Highest percentage of red clay. Only 30 to 60 centimeteres and tehn you hit the rock. 15 generations. ANd steiner used them as the bases for his lectures apparently. And they have four times the life of every other vineyard. (1551 views)
 Tasted by CamWheeler on 2/17/2017 & rated 88 points: Return of Shannon: Leafy, snap peas, tobacco and cedar. Fresh acidity, plenty of red and black fruits with some of the leafy character showing through as well. Medium length. Does have some interest already, drink now to about 8 years. (1066 views)
 Tasted by Sixchips600 on 2/11/2017 & rated 91 points: Perfumed and delicious in a very old world way. Gravely, earthy, barnyard, almost Rhone style. Medium bodied palate with complex nuances. Drinking surprisingly well and I assume it will age. (923 views)
 Tasted by Nojomoschwa on 1/2/2017 & rated 90 points: This youthful BDX is actually drinking really well right now. A little bit of funk, but mostly just classic BDX notes of dark fruit and tobacco. Really like it, though it is pricey. But maybe that's the price of thoughtful (biodynamic) farming and no sulfur in Bordeaux … ? (1090 views)
 Tasted by dream on 12/4/2016 & rated 88 points: Earthy, funky nose of black currants and tobacco. Very traditional style and I can't believe the alcohol is only 12.5%! Round and balanced with notes of green tobacco, dark fruits and dry, somewhat rustic tannins. I know this wine ages well but it isn't showing all that much now. 88+ (1324 views)
 Tasted by englishman's claret on 9/30/2016 & rated 87 points: Chateau Le Puy Tasting: Pleasant disposition, bright raspberry, mineral. High-toned. Soft, fills the nose nicely. Seems a little bit heavy on cab franc. (1667 views)
 Tasted by Nyccablover on 9/27/2016: Chateau Le Puy Tasting (Flat Iron Wines, NY, NY): Deep garnet color. On the nose, red fruits (red currant) but a bit restrained. On the palate, initial burst of racy acidity, very fresh and juicy, with a lot of minerality (limestone, gravel) coming through in the mid palate and subtle tannins to elongate the finish. Drinking really well now, but based on the older vintages tasted this will continue to age well for another 40 years. (1452 views)
 Tasted by Finare Vinare on 12/3/2015 & rated 91 points: Classical style merlot without surmaturité, extraction or toasted oak. Nice hints of green and umami on the nose (mushrooms and meat stock) with black cherry, stemmy tobacco and cinnamon notes. Midweight on the palate, fresh and juicy, with unremarkable alcohol, soft tannins and a mineral finish. Beautiful stuff from an admirable address in a minor vintage, highly drinkable at this early stage. 25 mg/l so2 total. (2231 views)

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By Julia Harding, MW
JancisRobinson.com (10/19/2015)
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Red Bordeaux Blend

The variety Red Bordeaux Blend implies any blend using any two or more of the six traditional Bordeaux varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Carmenère. Other associated terms describing wines fashioned in this manner include: Proprietor’s Blends, “Meritage”TM, etc. Outside of France, Red Bordeaux Blends are typically well-crafted wines. Within France and Italy, Applelation laws strictly dictate the protocols and use of more than one varietal in a wine, and with the exception of some Super-Tuscans, Red Bordeaux Blend wines are considered inferior to Classified (Bordeaux) wines. Note: Burgundy and Rhône-terroir wines are similarly distinguished from Blends using Gamay, Pinot and Syrafèfh, etc grapes except in Australia, where these grape varietals are crafted into wines of varying quality.


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"2009 is all about ripeness, with wines impressively packed with ripe fruit and high alcohol levels. They are showy, in-your-face, and full of pleasure. The 2010s have the fruit and alcohol levels of the 2009s, but with a compelling freshness on the finish that balances the fruit and provides a perfect sense of structure." - Ben Nelson

"The quality of red Bordeaux in 2016 was universally lauded – although the response to the en primeur campaign was muted. Quantity was high too, with the equivalent of 770 million bottles of wine produced. An exceptionally dry summer with cool nights eventually, thanks to mid September rain, resulted in small, thick-skinned, ripe grapes, and the wines are marked by high tannin and acidity, with superb aromatic fragrance." - Jancis Robinson

"2017 was complicated, but there are some excellent wines. Expect plenty of freshness and drinkability from wines that will offer excellent value, and others that will rival 2016 in terms of ripeness and ageability. But they are likely to be the exception not the rule, making careful selection key." - Jane Anson


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Saint Emilion Grat Classified Growth, Classified Growths, Grands Crus Classes, GCC

In 1954, while the "Graves" growths had just published their own classification, the wine syndicate of Saint-Emilion, composed by wine growers, brokers and wine traders with the approval of the INAO - Institut National des Appellations d'Origine (A.O.C), decided to work on a classification for the wines of Saint Emilion. Initially, four grades were defined. These were reduced to two - First Great Classified Growth (A and B) and Great Classified Growth - in 1984.

As of Medoc's 1855 historical grading, the Saint-Emilion Great Classified Growth classification is not only based on qualitative criteria by tasting the wines on a ten years period previous to the assessment, but also on commercial considerations such as:
- sales price levels
- national and international commercial distribution
- the estate's reputation on the market

Properties who don't manage to join the club of about sixty Classified Growths are given the denomination of Great Growth ("Grand Cru"), while the remaining wineries of the A.O.C are simply reported as "Saint-Emilion". It is to be noted that the owners must officially apply to appear in the official classification. Thus for example the famous Chateau Tertre-Roteboeuf, whose quality and reputation would easily justify to be listed among the First Great Classified Growths, does not appear here by the will of its owner, François Mitjaville.

The Saint-Emilion Great Growth classification was revised in 1969, 1985, 1996 and 2006. The only two guaranteed vintage (A.O.C) who can apply to the classification are the "Saint-Emilion Grand Cru" and "Saint-Emilion" areas.

By grading 61 properties, the 2006 revision confirmed many growths from the former classification, but also caused a number of surprises and a few inevitable disappointments. Many observers thought that the impressive progression of Perse's Chateau Pavie since 1998 would be rewarded by an upgrade into the First Great Classified Growths (A) category, but finally such was not the case.

Among the estates promoted to the First Great Classified Growths B category are Chateau Troplong-Mondot and Pavie-Macquin, whose efforts made since the Nineties fully justify their new grade. It should be noted that no First Great Classified Growth was relegated to the lower Great Classified Growth class.

Promoted growths from the status of Great Growth ("Grand Cru") to Great Classified Growth ("Grand Cru Classe") are: Chateaux Bellefont-Belcier, Destieux, Fleur Cardinale, Grand Corbin, Grand Corbin-Despagne and Monbousquet.

The demoted growths from the status of Great Classified Growth to Great Growth are: Chateaux Bellevue, Cadet Bon, Faurie de Souchard, Guadet Saint-Julien, La Tour du Pin-Figeac (Belivier), La Tour du Pin-Figeac (Moueix), Lamarzelle, Petite Faurie de Soutard, Tertre Daugay, Villemaurine and Yon-Figeac. If the recent samples of some of the above mentioned properties may justify their current downgrade, there are great chances that estates like Bellevue, Tertre Daugay or Yon-Figeac will be upgraded to their previous rankings by the next revision in 2016 as the progresses noted after 2000, but not entering in the range of vintages (1993 - 2002) appointed for the criteria of selection for the 2006 classification, are noticable.

The two following estates have completely disappeared from the Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classification: Curé-Bon-la-Madeleine (integrated meanwhile to Chateau Canon) and La Clusière (integrated meanwhile to Chateau Pavie).

Finally, no estate considered as "garagiste" has integrated the classification. Valandraud, Mondotte, Le Dome, Bellevue-Mondotte or Magrez-Fombrauge have, for the least, the potential to be ranked as Great Classified Growths. In sight of the very fine quality reached by the above mentioned estates in recent vintages as well as all the innovative wine making methods used by the "garagistes", it remains to be seen whether the authorities will dare to cross the line in 2016..?

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