2019 vintage. Supersexy unoaked organic Merlot from mechanically harvested young vines. Dark ruby with purplish rim. Raspberry and flowers. Juicy red fruit and bright acidity and a nice little tannic bite. Delicious, fun and great value. Highly recommended. Abv. 13%. — 9 days ago
Nose has dried blackcurrant, graphite, rain soaked roses, dried cherries, bruised violets, moist leather and dusty earth.
Palate has dried cherries, dried blackcurrant, slight iron/steel notes, sun baked soil, black tea-like tannins with a drying finish.
An elegant wine, not as generous on the palate as a recent 1996 vintage enjoyed, but not any level of dissatisfaction tonight.
Cork pulled for slow oxidation for 2H, then decanted 4H.
Blend is assumed as 30% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc & 20% Petit Verdot/Malbec/Carmenère. — a month ago
Nice and plush. — 3 months ago
2016 vintage. 65% Sauvignon blanc with 35% Sémillon. At the time this estate was owned by Jean-Michel Cazes (Lynch Bages and more recently Haut-Batailley), but the current owners are the Groupe Ballande (Bordeaux négociants who also own Prieuré Lichine and Baret). Exotic fruit and a hint of flowers. Round and ripe with enough acidity in this warm vintage. Good length with impressions of vanilla. Good value. — 21 days ago
January 24, 2021. Yummy right bank Bordeaux. — 2 months ago
2018 vintage. Small production of pure Malbec by one of Blaye's top producers, Château Bel-Air La Royère. Deep purplish colour. Intense perfume with the typical Malbec violets much more pronounced than in the 2017. Layers of ripe black fruit, fresh acidity and a long spicy finish. A showcase for the potential of Malbec in Blaye (and Bourg). Highly recommended if you are lucky enough to find a bottle. — 11 days ago
Beautifully smooth well rounded, subtle flavours, medium bodied. Good legs. Very nice decanted. — 2 months ago
This estate was bought in 1988 buy Jean-Michel Cazes (Lynch Bages and more recently Haut-Batailley) and sold in 2017 to the Balland family (Baret). 50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc. Aged in used Lynch Bages barrels. This 2014 is in a very good place now, but should age well for a few more years. Fresh and elegant, with typical Graves spiciness. Not the most complex but a very solid and seductive effort for the vintage. — 3 months ago