Chateau La Confession 2011

The 2011 Bordeaux vintage has been described variously as a good but not great one, following as it does, immediately after the great Bordeaux vintages of 2009 and 2010.  It saw drought conditions in the first half of the growing season, but then a very cold July, and ended up with a very early harvest. […]

Château La Dominique Grand Cru Classé Saint-Émilion 2010

Dark, deep and structured, this is a serious and powerful Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé from Château La Dominique.  Its aromatics remind of leather, cooked plum and licorice.   The palate is rich, full bodied and saturated with flavours of dark plums, licorice and cedar.  Despite its evident power, the flavours are nonetheless in harmony and […]

Chateau La Tour du Pin Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Classé 2009

Chateau La Tour du Pin’s 2009 vintage is initially a little closed and lacking in intensity in its mouthfeel.  It does however build aromatics and flavour with time in the glass, with reminders of plum, earth, tobacco and dried spices.  Seemingly able to be coaxed and cajoled into action, the wine’s length builds towards long […]

Chateau Le Prieuré Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Classé 2006

This Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé from Chateau Le Prieuré is a blend of 80% merlot and 20% cabernet franc.  It’s an elegant style of Saint-Émilion, with aromatics of chocolate, plums, earth and stems.  The palate starts with shortish length but builds to medium length with air.  Some stemmy tannins show through with time too and […]