May 14, 2020 - All so true, what I read in the earlier TN’s. This is still on the young side. Dark purple in the glass with a very slight brownish edge. A great nose. Good fruit on the palate. The finish is still a bit sharp and dry/tannic. This can probably improve a bit in the coming years.
March 13, 2020 - Requires some decanting. Lovely nose. Tannins still present but starting to polish. Will definitely get better with age (5 yrs).
December 14, 2019 - Fruktig, källare, jord, mineraler, röda vinbär, fortfarande mycket syra
July 13, 2019 - Nezaujme neurazí.
May 12, 2019 - Opens up quickly. Young but open,youthful fruit but beyond primary, getting into its stride. Mineral, mint, a whiff of bonfire toffee. Some florality. Lifted, fresh, retrained finish. Fine tannins. 90-91.
November 2, 2018 - Was best around two hours open (decanted). Very nice nose; on the palate also good, but less impressive.
July 21, 2018 - Nice, classical and elegantly styled Bordeaux, with lots of blackcurrant in the nose and on the palate. It had difficulities to outshine a Burgundian Gamay and a Ripasso.
May 25, 2018 - deeply colored, reddish ruby rim. aromatically very extroverted with lots of lead pencil black currant/raspberry and exotic oak spices... on the palate high acidity, firm mid palate, moderate amount to fine tannins, moderate alcohol. balanced wine with good length, intensity and complexity. for its price this is quite nice though i felt the cab franc more than the merlot for sure both in aroma and structure... certainly not an overripe merlot kind of wine (which for its price and vintage was what i was expecting). this drinks well now but also has the balance and structure to age... try now or hold 3-5 and see how it's coming along. certainly great QPR for this region.
May 13, 2018 - Still has a lot of time. A bit young and will be great in 2024+!
March 20, 2018 - Last bottle – unless I can find a few more.... Would love to find a magnum or two. I’ve enjoyed this vintage and have followed this chateau ever since. Bottle stored in cool cellar upon purchase. Decanted bottle to reveal a significant amount of sediment clinging to the inside of the bottle. Oh man, I wish I had waited another year for even more sedimentation.
Color is attractive and indicative of a wine that is in an adolescent stage. Nose is lush, rich, and smoky – perhaps emblematic of the 2009 vintage-at-large.
Wine is 70 percent Merlot and 30 percent Cabernet Franc -- according the back of the label. Noticeable flavors of rich Merlot fleshiness with an abundance of blackberry fruit/acidity; the latter of which I attribute to a high percentage of Cabernet Franc in the final blend. A fair amount of tannin is apparent throughout tonight’s tasting. At 30+ minutes since decant, up- front elements of red licorice are noted, along with raspberry chocolate on the mid-palate, and a touch soy and red apple elements on the finish.
OK, it’s sometimes difficult to judge wines form a such a rich vintage, especially if you are trying to understand their potential longevity. Sometimes wines with rich tannins are early drinkers and in other similar vintages, they live quite a while. In this case, it’s probably best to enjoy this wine now (with a decant) and for the next five to seven years, which perfectly suits me.
Overall, a very enjoyable wine.
(Served with Dijon and Cognac beef stew (NYT) and mash. A great combination.)