Château La Confession

St. Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend

8.9126 ratings
8.815 pro ratings
St. Émilion, Libournais, Bordeaux, France
Red Bordeaux Blend
Top Notes For
Daniel P. Drake

It has been awhile since my last posting. I had caught the flu back around 01/21/19 and it has taken me until now to really get all my senses back to honestly rate these wines properly. Tonight I have opened the 2016 Château La Confession Saint-Émilion Grand Cru by Jean-Philippe Janoueix. The blend is 72% Merlot and 28% Cabernet Franc.

The nose is showing good black fruit, black cherry, blackberry, black currant, licorice, clove, tobacco leaf, violet, graphite and earth.

On the palate is luscious dark fruit, black cherry, black raspberry, black currant, black plum, graphite, pencil shavings, tobacco, cedar and mocha.

This wine is full bodied with a soft juicy mouthfeel, medium+ acidity and medium + chewy tannins that lead to a long sustained dark fruit finish. I am glad to be back tasting and feeling 100%. It is the middle of the week so please be safe and work into the weekend. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷

It has been awhile since my last posting. I had caught the flu back around 01/21/19 and it has taken me until now to really get all my senses back to honestly rate these wines properly. Tonight I have opened the 2016 Château La Confession Saint-Émilion Grand Cru by Jean-Philippe Janoueix. The blend is 72% Merlot and 28% Cabernet Franc.

The nose is showing good black fruit, black cherry, blackberry, black currant, licorice, clove, tobacco leaf, violet, graphite and earth.

On the palate is luscious dark fruit, black cherry, black raspberry, black currant, black plum, graphite, pencil shavings, tobacco, cedar and mocha.

This wine is full bodied with a soft juicy mouthfeel, medium+ acidity and medium + chewy tannins that lead to a long sustained dark fruit finish. I am glad to be back tasting and feeling 100%. It is the middle of the week so please be safe and work into the weekend. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷

Feb 14th, 2019
Chris England

Superb €38 now £65 - a personal favourite from St Emilion in top year 👍 with fab QPR & a soft spot for me as I had this very same vintage from the barrel 😍

📍 Chateau La Confession 2010

🏵 94 points w/ more potential 😉

🍇 71% Merlot & 29% Cabernet Franc

🍷Deep opaque ruby w/ purple hue

👃 Chocolate coated black cherry, blackcurrant & dark plum through smokey oak, liquorice & wet crushed mineral rock w/ violets, peppered spices & herby mint

👄 Med+ creamy silky mocha dark berry plum bang w/ blackberry liquorice & oozing cracked minerals

🎯 Long mocha dark berry & plum slight dry mineral rock linger with a happy purple teeth smile

Superb €38 now £65 - a personal favourite from St Emilion in top year 👍 with fab QPR & a soft spot for me as I had this very same vintage from the barrel 😍

📍 Chateau La Confession 2010

🏵 94 points w/ more potential 😉

🍇 71% Merlot & 29% Cabernet Franc

🍷Deep opaque ruby w/ purple hue

👃 Chocolate coated black cherry, blackcurrant & dark plum through smokey oak, liquorice & wet crushed mineral rock w/ violets, peppered spices & herby mint

👄 Med+ creamy silky mocha dark berry plum bang w/ blackberry liquorice & oozing cracked minerals

🎯 Long mocha dark berry & plum slight dry mineral rock linger with a happy purple teeth smile

1 person found it helpfulNov 30th, 2018
Michael Kane

Still young but lots of potential.

Still young but lots of potential.

1 person found it helpfulMar 2nd, 2015
Tom Kobylarz

I can smell this all day! Still a baby by far on the palate but in 5 years this will get in the zone and stay there for 20+ Coffee bean, raspberry, cassis, fresh acidity on the palate and the the tannins come in like Lebron and swat the palate shut.

I can smell this all day! Still a baby by far on the palate but in 5 years this will get in the zone and stay there for 20+ Coffee bean, raspberry, cassis, fresh acidity on the palate and the the tannins come in like Lebron and swat the palate shut.

1 person found it helpfulJul 27th, 2014
Greg Navage

Really nice wine after a couple of hours in the decanter. Still really good the next night after sitting in the decanter for 24 hours. It definitely needs to sleep a few more years before before showing its true colors.

Really nice wine after a couple of hours in the decanter. Still really good the next night after sitting in the decanter for 24 hours. It definitely needs to sleep a few more years before before showing its true colors.

1 person found it helpfulFeb 15th, 2013
Daniel P. Drake

The second wine this afternoon enjoyed by a close friend and myself was the 2010 Chateau LaConfession St.Emillion Grand Cru.

The nose has savory notes of bing cherries, blackberry, stone, vanilla and smoke.

On the first sip gave notes of black cherry, blackberry, spice, mocha, coffee and a herbaceous note that I really like.

This wine has medium + acidity with medium + fine tannins that fill out the mouth nicely. This offering is 71% Merlot and 29% Cabernet Franc a typical right bank blend.

A very nice continuation of a wonderful afternoon with a close dear friend.

Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷

The second wine this afternoon enjoyed by a close friend and myself was the 2010 Chateau LaConfession St.Emillion Grand Cru.

The nose has savory notes of bing cherries, blackberry, stone, vanilla and smoke.

On the first sip gave notes of black cherry, blackberry, spice, mocha, coffee and a herbaceous note that I really like.

This wine has medium + acidity with medium + fine tannins that fill out the mouth nicely. This offering is 71% Merlot and 29% Cabernet Franc a typical right bank blend.

A very nice continuation of a wonderful afternoon with a close dear friend.

Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷

Oct 16th, 2016
Jeff Burrows

Modern style yet with nice restraint. Drinking nicely right now.

Modern style yet with nice restraint. Drinking nicely right now.

Aug 1st, 2016
David Kline

Not going to expound upon vintages and weather. This is a really nice wine. Some will say this is a Janoueix play on a new World style. But I find it compellingly balanced for a Bordeaux from a generously vaunted region. The nose a mish-mash of arboreal cuts, with pine interceding, but also a slick, black, stony core that sloughs smoky, elemental suggestions. A tar and graphite mouthful, showing depth without getting gritty or pronounced, then settling on a supple note of blueberry-currant on the carry through, but pleasant and enduring like an empowering conquest! Rise above! Plenty of residual perfume to make it salacious. Dirty as you want to be.

Not going to expound upon vintages and weather. This is a really nice wine. Some will say this is a Janoueix play on a new World style. But I find it compellingly balanced for a Bordeaux from a generously vaunted region. The nose a mish-mash of arboreal cuts, with pine interceding, but also a slick, black, stony core that sloughs smoky, elemental suggestions. A tar and graphite mouthful, showing depth without getting gritty or pronounced, then settling on a supple note of blueberry-currant on the carry through, but pleasant and enduring like an empowering conquest! Rise above! Plenty of residual perfume to make it salacious. Dirty as you want to be.

Jul 24th, 2016
Kevin Walsh

Wine blogger doxologywine.com; Freelance Sommelier (Court of Master Sommeliers) Doxology Wine Consulting

8.7

Well made and ripe.

Well made and ripe.

Jan 16th, 2016
David Kline

Plummy, chocolate-y, blackberry-bone broth, mint, cast iron in an oven, pumpernickel aromas. Caraway, graphite, black mushroom, burnt beef tips, rose stem, black, burnt cherry. black currant, pepper. Deep well of shadows that fall from big oak trees across climbing black berries. This is a decidedly rich bridge between disparate styles, and the bridge is made of iron.

Plummy, chocolate-y, blackberry-bone broth, mint, cast iron in an oven, pumpernickel aromas. Caraway, graphite, black mushroom, burnt beef tips, rose stem, black, burnt cherry. black currant, pepper. Deep well of shadows that fall from big oak trees across climbing black berries. This is a decidedly rich bridge between disparate styles, and the bridge is made of iron.

Dec 8th, 2015