Blue and dark fruit with menthol, violets and slight notes of caramel and liquorice. That vivid and lush fruit is on thenpalate as well, a rich and full texture, envelopping and agreeable tannins make this wine approachable and impressive for that price, even if it’s not a grand right bank name.
Fruits noirs et bleus au nez, menthol, violettes et des notes légères de caramel et réglisse. En bouche ce fruit mur et éclatant se manifeste tout autant, une texture assez riche, pleine et des tannins enrobants et agréables. Impressionnant pour le prix sans être grand. 90-91 — 2 days ago
Purchased on futures from an owc. This needed some air to open showing a beautiful melange of dark cherry, plum & currant with notes of lead pencil, olive, chocolate, forest floor, violet & tobacco. Rich, med bodied that should drink well for many years — 8 days ago
In a perfect drinking window, showing everything from mint to tobacco and leather. A silky long finish in this right bank gem. Special thanks to Vine on Hilton Head Island for allowing to bring for corkage fee. Pairs perfectly with their duck flambé with orange moonshine. — 9 days ago
2018 vintage. This estate was bought by Jacky Lorenzetti in 2007 and the investments are paying off (see also the spectacular quality improvement at their Pauillac estate Pédesclaux). While previous vintages featured a majority of Merlot, this 2018 is a blend of 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37%. Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot. This might very well be the best vintage to date for Lilian Ladouys in a year where Jacky's daughter Manon joined the business. She is highly devoted to organic farming and the Lorenzetti estates are now officially in conversion to organic. Moreover, Lilian Ladouys was promoted to "Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel" status in 2020. An estate to watch and the wines are very affordable too at around 20 euros. Classic nose with ripe cassis and cedar wood, intertwined with a fresh minty aroma. In the mouth the fruit is concentrated and layered with amazing freshness and a solid ripe tannin structure that make the alcohol (abv. 14,5%) go unnoticed. Long mineral finish. Highly recommended. Still very young, give it time to open up or decant. Should age beautifully for at least 15 years. — 12 days ago
Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim. Not showing much age.
Nice nose of blueberries, blackberries, black plums, cooked cherries, oak, licorice, spices, coffee, light vegetables, herbs, light vanilla, tobacco leaf, pencil lead, black pepper and light medicine.
Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.
Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, oak, licorice, cloves, earth, light vegetables, pencil lead, coffee, dark chocolates and peppercorn.
Long finish with round tannins and coffee notes.
This is a nicely aged Bordeaux from the great 2009 vintage. Showing a great nose and mouthfeel.
Elegant with lots of fruits. Nicely balanced with nice complexity.
Needs a couple of hours to open up properly and show its pretty nose, so be patient. Tannins come in after 90 minutes.
Robert Parker 93 points.
Will continue to age nicely in the next 5 to 10 years.
Tasty and spicy. A delicious wine.
13.5% alcohol by volume.
$65. — 12 days ago
Cherry, a bit of green pepper, an earthy note, a bit of tar too. That's very inviting and quite profound. The palate is great, with a strong acid drive, a velvety mouthfeel through and throuugh, a good width with a nice matter on a the sides, a grainy tannin wall in midpalate which is great and wide yet elegant. The finish displays mocha notes, that grainy note, a cherry note, an earthy twist and a nice bitterness coming up in the end. 2011 is often described as an off vintage or at least not homogenous but I recently had only good tasting experiences in Bordeaux with it. 10 years old and kicking! — 14 days ago
3 hour decant (plenty of chunky/fine sediment). A prodigious inky dark magenta color. On the nose: blackberry, cedar, floral, pine, currants, and vanilla toast. Taste: A smooth, balanced medium plus body wine with blackberry, chocolate, earth, cigar box, and a minerally dark cherry long dry finish. DUCRU...still a 13% alc old world style treat. Give them time. — 13 hours ago
2018 vintage. Owned by Belgian Justin Onclin, consulted by Hubert de Boüard. A spectacular effort. A blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. Classy nose with ripe red fruit, flowers and subtle cedar wood. Concentrated and very elegant, impressive depth, beautifully balanced with perfectly integrated alcohol (abv. 15 %) and a knock-out finish. Definitely up to Premier Grand Cru level. Highly recommended. — 7 days ago
Is Merlot Monday a thing? Okay so this is only 80% Merlot (20% Cab Franc) but it is working for me. Smells like purple plums got inspired to write poetry about the cedar trees and violets blooming in their backyard (plums DO have backyards) so they naturally whipped out number two pencils, lit a pipe, and chilled out to write in situ. The plums, the pencils, the trees and flora, the birds and bees, you get all this in here. And soy sauce. I can’t explain it. Mayhaps I’ll go old-school and give it the ol’ WSET analysis:
Eye: medium ruby teasing at the beginnings of garnet at the rim. Thick slow tears.
Nose: medium plus intensity of Ted plums, cassis, cedar, violet, tobacco and dare I say...garrigue‽ in Merlot? Who knew.
Palate: dry, medium acidity, medium fine-grained tannins, medium plus alcohol (albeit nowadays we would have to call it high as it is 14.1 so just barely high), medium body medium plus flavors echoing the nose with the added savory soy note that is quite compelling. Finish is medium plus.
It may be too late for new year resolutions but mine is now to not neglect Merlot. Merlot Monday’s it is! — 12 days ago