Sauternes can be expensive but we like the style and flavour, what to do? Try Monbazillac, this one is soft and well rounded with hints of lemon and tangerine. Great value and lovely at the end of a meal.
Perfumed nose. Cream, cassis, blueberry cheesecake - really inviting, if primary and oak derived. Juicy, plenty of tannin but fun blueberry fruit. Well structured. Fruit remains though. As does acidity. Totally charming.
This winery can be considered as producer of the entry level wine of the Vauthie family of Chateau Ausone. Beautifully balanced with ripe tannin and fine acidity it is the inviting nose and heady, succulent palate that are so enticing in this wine. Full of personality and enjoyable now and for another 10years+
Floral and red. Fragrant. Elegant backbone, focused tannin, fresh acidity, and medicinal finish. Fruit remains throughout. Dark ruby, glossy. Attractive chocolate blueberry aromas, Juicy, sweet palate with excellent balance, lift and ripe tannins, Long and very good
34% Merlot grown on clay with limestone, and 63% Cabernet Sauvignon grown on gravel and clay. Both ripened at the same time in 2018 so winemaker Frederic Bonnaffous was able to successfully coferment the two wines. Fresh and elegant, with decent length, and careful extraction. Ripe and plump, creamy palate. Attractive now, but those tannins will develop nicely. 10% new oak.
Chateau Citran is one of the best performing Crus Bourgeois wines and this second wine is suave and sophisticated. Mint, blackcurrant and cigar box aromas lead to a velvety pallet. A second wine means that it's made from slightly younger vines than the Grand Vin, but with just as much care. An excellent freshness, balancing acidity, ripe fruit flavour and a great potential to improve with age. It has perfumed notes of raspberry, black cherry and strawberry, a great texture and a long finish
More classic Sauternes style. Rich stone fruits, a smoky backbone, and a syrupy finish. Declared a 1er Cur Classť at the 1855 Sauternes and Barsac Classification, Ch‚teau Coutet has been producing wine since 1643. Boasting both the largest vineyard in Barsac (thirty-eight-and-a-half hectares) as well as the largest cellar (110 meters), Ch‚teau Coutet has been owned by the Baly family since 1977 and managed by Aline Baly since 2009.
A delicate, fresh and fruity champagne. Apples, pears and apricots are followed with characteristic hazelnut, brioche and spice notes as the palate develops. Surprisingly weighty. A superb match with all types of shellfish.
Black fruits on the nose. Blackberry and blueberry are followed by liquorice and cocoa. On the palate, one find sices on an elegant an refined toast. The supple and dense tannins go along with the fruits.
"Pretty nose of flowers, red fruits, victoria plums, raspberries, and vanilla. Red fruits on palate, lovely tannin and fresh acid, gentle extraction, graphite tannin, and good length." First Class, CWM
87% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot (usually closer to 70% Merlot in the blend). Pretty, summer pudding, red fruit jelly nose. Fresh, floral, and summery. Bright acid. Mineral, textured tannin.
Located in the northern part of St Estephe, and replanted with Cabernet Sauvignon rather than Merlot, particularly on the flat gravels at the peak of the hill. This area is a full 2.5 degrees cooler than St Emilion in the summer. Floral. Ripe and generous fruit, red raspberries, moderately plump tannins. Cedar and tobacco finish.
Remi Jeanniardís neighbours say that he and his wife are always in the vineyards; even on 2nd January, they were seen out pruning the vines. Remi has just over 7 hectares of vines in and around Morey-St-Denis. The vines are much older than average, with all of his Vieilles Vignes village bottlings being at least 50 years old. This gives a natural concentration to the wines which are both well structured and elegant.
Fresh passion fruit on the nose - not what I expected from Muscat! - then a bit of crushed apple mint. There is gorgeous freshness and life in this wine still. The passion fruit persists on the palate, but not in a fat tropical sense - it's etched with lemony acidity and tingles, crystalline sharp.
Font de Joubert are made by the Charrier family from old vines, many over 100 years old. These gnarly old vines produce a concentrated grape juice from a number of small plots that are co-fermented. Almost entirely Grenache, just 3% is made up of a mixture of other permitted varieties which are planted in among the Grenache vines. The focus here is on fresh elegance with great concentration rather than power and volume.
This wine offers aromas of black fruits on the nose. The notes of blackberry or blueberry are followed by liquorice and cocoa. On the palate, one find sices on an elegant an refined toast. The supple and dense tannins go along with the fruits, in a long finish.
Lightly purple. Bright fresh fruit, good concentration. Red cherry, raspberry, herbs, baking spices. Creamy, toasty oak. Well structured, moderately rich dark tannins, clear acidity. Good potential to evolve.