A right bank Bordeaux (Cloitre des Capucins Saint-Émilion Grand Cru 2011) and Californian cabernet (Drawbridge Cabernet Sauvignon Lodi 2014)

I tasted these two wines in sequence, the former Bordeaux slightly lacking in charm, and the latter Cali cab being a little cooked in expression.  Do I confess that I wondered whether they might, blended together, be capable of presenting more than the sum of their parts?  The full body of the Cali cab, adding […]

Château Puy-Blanquet St Émilion Grand Cru 2012

The 2012 is a sound wine from Château Puy-Blanquet in Saint Émilion.  It’s a blend of 95% merlot and 5% cabernet franc, and has relatively simple aromatics of redcurrant and tobacco.  The palate continues the theme and is a pleasant rather complex example of a merlot dominant Saint-Émilion.   The 2010 (reviewed here) has greater […]

Chateau Teyssier Saint-Émilion Grand Cru 2009

This is a very enjoyable Saint-Émilion from Chateau Teyssier.  A blend of 85% merlot and 15% cabernet franc, it has aromatics tobacco, plums, spice, cedar and leather.  The palate has very long length and balance, nuanced with tobacco, leather and blackcurrant expressions.  Quite silky in expression and from the outstanding 2009 vintage, this is easy […]

Clos Villemaurine Saint-Émilion Grand Cru 2003

Clos Villemaurine is situated next to the town of Saint-Émilion in Bordeaux.  2003 was a very warm vintage in Bordeaux, which in my view has produced as series of buying opportunities.  This is another.  A saturated ruby in colour in the glass, the 2003 vintage of Clos Villemaurine opens to aromatics of game, bacon, leather, […]

Clos des Baies Saint-Émilion Grand Cru 2009

Credit where it’s due, this is an excellent local import from Bordeaux and Beyond.  Clos des Baies is a small estate of Saint-Émilion Grand Cru run by Philippe Baillarguet of the famous Chateau Ausone.  The vines are approximately 40 years of age, and the estate is tended to biodynamic and organic principles although formal certification […]

Chateau La Confession St-Émilion Grand Cru 2010

The photo says a bit here…  This wine was consumed with an element of gusto which it frankly merited.  It proved to be exactly the sort of wine that I like to drink.  Deep in colour, it has aromatics of plum and spiced mulberry.  The palate has very fine grained tannins, long length and deep […]

Château Bellisle Mondotte Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2009

Château Bellisle Mondotte is not an estate I am familiar with, but the wine here is a good one.  It’s from the grandiose sounding Saint-Emilion Grand Cru appellation.  The 2009 vintage is a deep intensity ruby in colour, with medium, almost left bank Bordeaux style, aromatics of blackcurrant, cedar, anise, tobacco and wood spice.  The […]

Chateau Puy-Blanquet St Emilion Grand Cru 2010

The internet did not yield a large haul of information on this wine.  On tasting, I suspected it as a merlot dominant blend, with a splodge of cabernet franc, and its appellation requires more or less that combination so it won’t be far wrong.  The wine’s a deep intensity ruby in colour, and has aromatics […]