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 mid palate weight and overt fruit to the spine given by the more austere Bordeaux and resulting in a wine more than the sum of its parts. Sounds a bit realistic doesn’t it? Oh, wait.
Antoine Moueix Cloitre des Capucins Saint-Émilion Grand Cru 2011, Bordeaux Lovely fragrant nose. Christmas cake, violets and perhaps game meats. The palate disappoints. A restrained, slightly hard expression of plums and spice.
Drawbridge Lodi Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, California From Lodi in the north of California’s Central Valley, this wine commences its journey from the opposite direction. Dried currant and prune aromatics. The palate is full bodied and has an impression of sweet fruited raisins. Tends to simple.
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 interest.
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 to recommend. Yes please.
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, plums and plum skins. The palate is mid weight, with reminders of licorice and plums and a long finish. An excellent wine entering its drinking prime.
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 has not been sought.
The 2009 vintage of Clos des Baies tasted here is deeply coloured in appearance, and opens to aromatics of blackcurrants, plums and well integrated cedar. The wine is full bodied, its length is long, the tannins silky and the balance just right. An opulent mouthfeel without undue weight. This wine is drinking deliciously now, but I expect has sufficient stuffing to age and improve for a decade or more. A further example of why 2009 is one of the great vintages of Bordeaux.
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 plum and mulberry flavours that are balanced, deep and wide. Built to last, this is a wine that is drinking deliciously now, and I expect will have many years of life ahead of it.
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 palate is elegant with dry with resolved tannins, with tobacco, blackcurrant and cedar flavours evident, and a medium length finish. Overall, this is a very balanced wine with nice length and nice fruit. Lovely. Good
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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 of tobacco, dark plums and earth, and is quite savoury in impression. The palate has firmish tannins and acid, and perhaps a touch of bitterness, and flavours that remind of savoury dark plums and tobacco. Slightly rustic, this wine has a balanced expression of savoury fruit and power that is quite typical for St Emilion wines around this price point. I enjoy this style of wine, and would happily stock up on it.
I confess I was meant to be at the supermarket, when instead I was examining new Bordeaux arrivals at Vintage Cellars. At $40 for a St Emilion Grand Cru from an outstanding year (2009), I thought it worth a shot. A word of warning though – the term “St Emilion Grand Cru” is an appellation, not a designation of quality. For the latter, it is a “St Emilion Grand Cru Classé“. The latter classification appears to be a French litigation magnet. The former a trap only for generalising minds.
The wine? Pretty good, though probably not more than that. Purple in colour, it has aromatics of dried thyme, prunes, blackcurrant and old oak. The palate is dry, with fine grained tannins, flavours of green peppercorns and extracted blackcurrants, a little bitterness, short-medium length and a loose knit form. This is the sort of wine I’d be happy to drink any day of the week, but is not one that I would seek out. Acceptable
Abv: 13.5% Price: $40 Vendors: https://www.vintagecellars.com.au Website: n/a Tasted: 2012 Subscribe: Subscribe to benefit from regular, considered and independent wine reviews from Grape Observer. Please enter your email address in the subscription icon on the right of screen to receive updates by email.
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