This is regarded as the “super second”, producing wines that on a good vintage can rival its first growth neighbour. Big and muscular in style, and often taking many decades to reach their peak.
94 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
Haut-Brion’s 2001, which was bottled late (the end of September, 2003), possesses an unmistakable nobility as well as a burgeoning complexity. Plum/purple to the rim, this blend of 52% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 12% Cabernet Franc is playing it close to the vest, having closed down considerably after bottling. Nevertheless, it reveals pure notes of sweet and sour cherries, black currants, licorice, smoke, and crushed stones. Medium-bodied with excellent purity, firm tannin, and an angular, structured finish, it requires 5-7 years of cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2020+. (6/ 2004)
“The nose offers aromas of licorice and sweet smoky new oak intermixed with jammy black fruits, licorice, and minerals. The wine is medium to full-bodied, with extraordinary richness, fabulous equilibrium…” [Score: 95 pt – Wine Advocate # 115, Feb 1998]
Dark color. Black licorice, coffee, currants and black olives. Complex nose. A full-bodied, chewy blockbuster of a wine that is not giving anything at all away. It is like buried treasure still; you have to search for the gold. And it’s there. Fabulous. Please give this time. –’95/’96 Bordeaux retrospective. Best after 2014. [Score: 100 pt -Wine Spectator]
There isn’t a more classic expression of Bandol (Provence) from a ripe vintage than the 2008 Chateau Pradeaux. The wine is 95% Mourvedre, the famed black grape for which Bandol is famous. A rich yet elegant wine that demands to accompany hearty cuisine or extended cellaring. Perfect with cassoulet, beef stew, or grilled lamb.
Francois-Xavier Barc has partnered with wine makers who share his philosophy and passion for wine to create Complices de Loire. Pleasure and quality are the main focus, stringent parcel selection, sustainable winemaking, precise vinifications to highlight Loire Valley appellations such as Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgeuil, Bourgeuil, Chinon, Saumur-Champigny and Touraine.
In the Loire Valley, Timonerie is used as a synonym for Castle. Grown on clay and gravel soil, this 100% Cabernet Franc from Chinon, is fruity, soft and exudes aromas of red berries. A great match with grilled meats. –Winemaker Notes
Trousseau – Poulsard – Pinot Noir
There is no mystery behind this delicious wine. Domaine Brunet is classified as a Vin de Pays d’Oc from Limoux. The bouquet presents impressive concentration and intensity with aromas of black cherry, vanilla, and subtle note of smoky toast. Incredibly rich and juicy on the palate with flavors of blackberry melting seemlessly into a backround of soft, velvety tannins. This is a great value among Pinot’s from just about anywhere.
One of the finest wines of the vintage, this is simply a spectacular effort that has captured every bit of the potential it originally displayed in cask. Restrained and backward nose of a fantastically complex mix of blackberries, spice, cedar, soy, anise and dried herbs followed by full-bodied, multi-layered flavors of amazing length. Opulent and lavish yet all remains exquisitely balanced and this is astonishingly precise. A real stunner of a wine that is as classy and graceful as they come. As good and classy as the ’02 if not quite as structured. 96 Points. 2016+. Burghound.com
Ahead of its time, Le Domaine de l’écu has been certified as an organic agriculturist since 1975 and certified in Biodynamics since 1988 (Demeter) for the whole of its 23 hectares. In addition, we have renounced all artificial technology in our cellars to break with the movement of standardisation of wines and preserve the bond linking each one of our vats to a particular soil and a particular vintage.
We are proud to belong to the group “Renaissance des Appellations” who strongly recommend this respect of the soil and who gather together a large number of the great European wine producers. Ploughing, low yields, harvest by hand, use of gravity (no use of pump before bottling), no racking of the must, indigenous yeasts and very few sulfites or no sulfites. Just true wines, no make up !
100% Cabernet Franc. Romain Guiberteau produces three red cuvees. Les Arboises comes from a calcareous lieu-dit in Brézé and Les Montelles from a mature single-site in the southerly part of the appellation. This all-to-gluggable Domaine comes from 50-80 year old vines; 75% of the grapes are plucked from limestone soils and 25% from more clay dominant. The wine is raised simply, first in stainless steel and then finished in older barrels. A pure, pristine and seductive explosion of high-toned florals and crunchy, red berry and savoury aromas lead to a palate drenched in similar flavours along with very subtle hints of old school liquorice and black olive. The mouth feel is super pretty, cool and refreshing with some ultra-fine tannins reminding us that there is some depth here. It’s the kind of red we tend to fall for and it’s a wine we hope you’ll love to drink; so lively and yet so deliciously low key.