BORDEAUX’S NEW YEAR: A DIFFICULT 2021 COMES OUT EASY (SPECIAL WEEKLY TASTING REPORT)
Thursday, May 12, 2022 -JamesSuckling
It’s hard to think of a vintage to compare with Bordeaux’s new year, which is currently on show throughout the region. I have been tasting new barrel samples in France’s most famous wine area for 39 years now and I have never encountered something like 2021. Associate Editor Claire Nesbitt and I have already rated more than 400 wines since arriving in Bordeaux over the weekend and it’s been great fun and exciting to taste the young wines, both reds and whites, as well as speak with winemakers and visit wineries.
What strikes us is the bright and fresh acidity and relatively low alcohol of the wines. There is an almost crunchy sensibility to so many of the wines with an immediate drinkability to them. They are very easy to taste in most cases and don’t overwhelm you quickly, compared with when we tasted current excellent years such as 2020, 2019 and 2018. The reds we have rated so far are mostly about 13 to 13.5 percent alcohol with pHs of about 3.4 to 3.65. A highly regarded year such as 2020 or 2019 would be one of two degrees of alcohol higher with much lower acidities. The bottom line is that 2021 lacked sunshine.
“It’s hard to believe that a year ago we were already battling the bad weather in the vineyards,” one producer we talked to on Tuesday said with a friendly smile as we were leaving his chateau after tasting his wine. “It’s nice to have a break during the growing season,” he added, referring to the warm and sunny conditions in Bordeaux right now, compared with the wet and cooler weather last year. Wine producers know that 2021 is not a great year. They just seem happy that it’s over and that they made very good to outstanding wines. Of course, this is only with the top wineries of Bordeaux, mostly the stars that have a market with en primeur – the annual release of wines about two years before they are bottled and sold on the market. Everyone who makes wine that we’ve spoken to has said the vintage is extremely heterogenous and that lesser-known wineries made weak wines. We have only found this in lesser appellations so far. The fact that the wines show so well and are so clean and balanced highlights the viticultural and winemaking prowess of Bordeaux. Just about every vintner and winemaker we meet say that 2021 was a year for the “vigneron,” or viticulturalist. That’s to say that they had to spend thousands of hours in their vineyards protecting and reacting to all the problems with their crop.
CHÂTEAU LAFAURIE-PEYRAGUEY SAUTERNES 2021
Incredible, young Sauternes with so much spicy, dried-mushroom, dust and powdered-earth character on the nose and palate, Full-bodied with a medium-sweet palate and a finish that is endless. Apricots, dried lemons and peaches. Caramel. Great balance. Greatest modern vintage? 6,000 bottles made.
CHÂTEAU LAFLEUR POMEROL 2021
Woooow! This really rolls off the palate and goes on and on, Full-bodied and so long. Sweet and sour. Cherries, currants. Orange peel. Thought-provokingly energetic. Defines youthful sophistication.
CHÂTEAU LE PIN POMEROL 2021
This has a firm, seamless and velvety tannin structure, accompanying a deep core of dark plum fruit, peach stones, chocolate and mahogany. Layered and caressing. Supple, yet full and powerful. Silky and smooth at the end. It shows real structure for the vintage and will age really well. 100% merlot.
CHÂTEAU PÉTRUS POMEROL 2021
Beautiful length and depth here for the vintage, with blackberry, raspberry and blueberry character. Cloves and sandalwood, too. Full and layered. Ripe and ample, yet balanced and fresh. Crunchy and very bright.
DOMAINE DE CHEVALIER PESSAC-LÉOGNAN BLANC 2021
This is always an impressive white, with a lengthy, layered and compact palate. Lots of dried lemon, clove, fennel, green-apple and cedar. Flint and toast, too. Medium to full body. Very long. 70% sauvignon blanc and 30% semillon.
CHÂTEAU CHEVAL BLANC ST.-EMILION 2021
This is so finely textured with very precise, tight tannins. Medium to full body. Lots of layers here with black and blue fruit, stones, tar, dark cocoa and spices. Dried herbs. Long and persistent. Stays focused all the way. So precise. 52% cabernet franc, 43% merlot and 5% cabernet sauvignon.
CHÂTEAU AUSONE ST.-EMILION 2021
Full-bodied, but so elegant and fresh, with a silky, elegant tannin texture. Very deep and expansive. Lots going on already with plenty of perfume. Blueberries, cloves, lavender and some wild-berry notes. Dark cocoa, too. Some espresso character at the end. Wonderful interplay of spices and fruit. Long. It keeps going.
CHÂTEAU BÉLAIR-MONANGE ST.-EMILION 2021
Medium to full body with creamy, velvety tannins. Polished and plush. Pretty spice notes, such as white pepper and cloves to the ripe dark-plum and berry fruit. Some pine cones. Fine, ripe and textured. Concentrated for the vintage. Wonderful length, too.
CHÂTEAU CANON ST.-EMILION 2021
A wine full of finesse and class with fantastic length and polish. Medium to full body with ultra-fine tannins that run endlessly down the length of the wine. Blackberry, graphite and spice. Agile and weightless.
CHÂTEAU PAPE CLÉMENT PESSAC-LÉOGNAN BLANC 2021
Serious and refined with dried lemon, pineapple, green apple, almond, gun flint and some aniseed. Bright and tight. Medium to full body. Fresh and alluring. Wait and see.
CHÂTEAU TROTANOY POMEROL 2021
A very fine-tannined red with ultra-fine, polished and velvety tannins that run the length of the wine. Medium-bodied. Very classy.
VIEUX CHÂTEAU CERTAN POMEROL 2021
Medium to full body with a supple, textured and firm tannin structure. Velvety and perfumed with fragrant notes of flowers, cloves, plums and raspberries. Broad and layered. Very supple and evolving. Opens on the palate. 77% merlot, 20% cabernet franc and 3% cabernet sauvignon.
CHÂTEAU BEAUSÉJOUR DUFFAU-LAGARROSSE ST.-EMILION 2021
A complete wine for the vintage, with blackberry, stone, black-licorice and light walnut character. Medium-to full-bodied and linear, with very fine tannins running the length of the wine.
CHÂTEAU BELLEVUE MONDOTTE ST.-EMILION 2021
An intense, full-bodied red with lots of fruit and dark chocolate. Round and juicy tannins. Flavorful finish. Very rich. Salt and minerals. Pure merlot.
CHÂTEAU CROIX DE LABRIE ST.-EMILION 2021
So much cool blue fruit and flowers here with minerals and subtle clove notes. Black licorice and black pepper, too. Medium body with very fine yet firm tannins. Focused and linear. Vibrant. The energy keeps going. 87% merlot, 8% cabernet sauvignon and 5% cabernet franc. From biodynamically grown grapes.
CHÂTEAU LA FLEUR-PÉTRUS POMEROL 2021
Very polished with fine tannins that finish intensely. It’s a medium-to full-bodied red with focus. Blackberry and blackcurrant flavors. Hints of tobacco and nutmeg, too.
CHÂTEAU LE GAY POMEROL 2021
Opulent and pure with currants and blackberries and some floral and orange undertones. Medium to full body. Fine tannins. Bright at the end.
CHÂTEAU PAVIE ST.-EMILION 2021
Deep black and blue fruit with cocoa and tar character. Compact and full-bodied with firm, ripe tannins that are very textured and interwoven into the wine. This has a lot of structure to go a long way. Yet it remains in balance with finesse. 52% merlot, 30% cabernet franc and 18% cabernet sauvignon.
CHÂTEAU PÉBY-FAUGÈRES ST.-EMILION 2021
Lots of black-olive and blackberry aromas and flavors. Full and linear with intensity and structure. Racy for the vintage. Energy. Class.
CHÂTEAU PONTET-CANET PAUILLAC 2021
Plenty of blackberry and blueberry with wet earth and crushed stone. Some spice,tobacco and lead pencil, too. It’s full-bodied with layered tannins and brightness. Fine and chewy at the end.
CHÂTEAU TROPLONG MONDOT ST.-EMILION 2021
Lovely density here with a solid center-palate of fruit and fine tannins. Medium body. Underlying salinity and oyster-shell character in the finish. Well defined. Grows at the end.
CHÂTEAU VALANDRAUD ST.-EMILION 2021
Full-bodied with a silky yet very firm and broad tannin structure. Lots of ripe, cool blue-fruit and stone character. Red tea, too. Textured. Well balanced and focused for the vintage. Lovely length.
CLOS HAUT-PEYRAGUEY SAUTERNES 2021
This is dense and intense with salted caramel, spice, white pepper and dried caramel. Full-bodied and medium-sweet with a long, flavorful finish. Very spicy at the end.
DOMAINE DE CHEVALIER PESSAC-LÉOGNAN 2021
A medium-bodied DC with a pretty core of ripe fruit that shows licorice, blackberry and some currant character. Spice box, too. Very long, with fine tannins and plenty of energy.
LA MONDOTTE ST.-EMILION 2021
A refined and firm-tannined red with violets, tangerines and blue fruit. Medium-bodied, tight and compact palate with everything in place. Elegance with structure.
A serious and saline red with blue fruit, cloves, iodine and black licorice. Oyster shells, too. Medium to full bodied with fine, firm tannins that run the length of the wine. Focused. 79% merlot and 21% cabernet franc.
Pure, bright black fruit with some wet-earth and crushed-stone character. Medium-bodied with fine tannins and a long, racy finish. Black licorice and blackberries at the end. Pure merlot.
CHAPELLE D’AUSONE ST.-EMILION 2021
Lots of cool blue fruit and violets with some stones and chocolate orange. Supple, silky and very sleek tannins. Medium to full body. Lengthy and fresh on the finish. 75% cabernet franc and 25% cabernet sauvignon.
CHÂTEAU CANON-LA GAFFELIÈRE ST.-EMILION 2021
Lovely, perfumed character with cherries, spices and flowers. Medium-bodied, firm and polished with solid tannins and a fresh finish. Pure. Light coffee and walnut. Well crafted.
CHÂTEAU FIGEAC ST.-EMILION 2021
A red with lots of dark-fruit, graphite and tar aromas and flavors. It’s medium-bodied and very integrated with firm, polished tannins and a long finish. Racy and compact. Silky texture.
CHÂTEAU HOSANNA POMEROL 2021
This is silky and very fine with firm, seamless tannins that are just a tiny bit angular now. Medium body. Plenty of sweet mulberry, raspberry, wet clay and olive notes. Mocha at the end. Long.
CHÂTEAU LA CONSEILLANTE POMEROL 2021
Lovely, balanced and linear with seamless, fine tannins that are soft and creamy. Medium-bodied. Very attractive berry, light walnut and violet character. Long finish.
CHÂTEAU LA GAFFELIÈRE ST.-EMILION 2021
A very precise and curated wine with ultra-fine tannins that run the length of the wine. Medium body. Dark berry and dark chocolate flavors and a creamy finish. Classy.
CHÂTEAU LARCIS DUCASSE ST.-EMILION 2021
This is medium-to full-bodied with firm, silky tannins. Already has an expressive nose of blackcurrants, blackberries, white pepper, cloves and black licorice. Salty minerality. Fresh and fine. Spicy finish. Lengthy, too. 86% merlot and 14% cabernet franc.
CHÂTEAU LATOUR À POMEROL POMEROL 2021
Already delicious, with very fine-grained, powdery tannins. Creamy. Juicy walnuts, blueberries, almonds and dried flowers. Medium to full body. Lengthy finish. Long and deep.
CHÂTEAU LE BON PASTEUR POMEROL 2021
This is a very balanced and pretty wine with ultra-fine tannins that are integrated and persist through the wine. It’s medium-bodied with lovely length and depth. A focused and thought-provoking wine for the vintage.
CHÂTEAU MALESCOT-ST.-EXUPERY MARGAUX 2021
A tight and focused young red with redcurrant and blackberry character. It’s medium-bodied with racy and fine tannins and a linear, focused finish. Lots going on, yet it’s tight and energetic.
CHÂTEAU PAPE CLÉMENT PESSAC-LÉOGNAN 2021
Pape made a very finely crafted and elegant wine this vintage, with plenty of berry, spice and earth character. Medium-bodied. Savory and lightly spicy on the finish. Creamy tannins.
CHÂTEAU PAVIE-MACQUIN ST.-EMILION 2021
Lots of blackberry and inky character to this year. Always refined and polished with lovely length and medium body. 79% merlot, 19% cabernet franc and 2% cabernet sauvignon.
CHÂTEAU ROCHEYRON ST.-EMILION 2021
Fine tannins with cherries, currants, flowers and citrus. Medium body with integrated tannins that are fine and lively. Bright and crunchy.
CHÂTEAU TROTTEVIEILLE ST.-EMILION 2021
This is very tangy and bright with real cabernet franc character, showing currant, orange and fresh-herb notes. Medium body with wonderful energy and acidity. Fine tannins. Racy and juicy. 54% cabernet franc, 45% merlot, and 1% cabernet sauvignon.
CHÂTEAU VALANDRAUD BORDEAUX BLANC 2021
A full-bodied, serious white with complex notes already of flint, crushed stones, white pears, white lavender, cedar, fennel and lemon grass. Mineral and subtly spicy finish. Structured. Nicely done.
CLOS L'ÉGLISE POMEROL 2021
A very fine-tannined red with currant, berry, violet and dried orange peel. Medium body, firm tannins and a linear finish. Very fine and pretty. This will age nicely. 80% merlot and 20% cabernet franc.
ENCLOS TOURMALINE POMEROL 2021
A solid young wine with plums, dark cherries and a hint of coffee. Medium to full body with a beautiful finish. Tannic and solid.
Polished and plush red with clove, dried lavender and dark-berry fruit. Full-bodied with firm, velvety and well-knit tannins. Lovely purity. Excellent length, too, with lingering spice notes. Lots to like. 80% cabernet franc and 20% merlot.
LE PETIT CHEVAL ST.-EMILION 2021
This is a very structured Petit Cheval, because of the higher than normal cabernet sauvignon in the blend. It seems more like Pauillac, with blackcurrants and chewy yet polished and intense tannins. It needs time. 60% merlot, 33% cabernet sauvignon and 7% cabernet franc.
A very pretty second wine with cherry, plum and mineral aromas and flavors. Medium body. Creamy, fine-grained tannins. Hints of crushed stone and peach stone. 59% merlot and 41% cabernet franc.
CHÂTEAU LAFAURIE-PEYRAGUEY BORDEAUX BLANC 2021
A very fresh and precise white with pretty herb notes, lemon grass, lemon zest and jasmine. Flint and hints of white pepper, too. Medium-bodied with a bright, tight palate. 51% sauvignon blanc and 49% semillon. Drink or hold.
CHAPELLE DE LABRIE ST.-EMILION 2021
A fine and elegant St.-Emilion with silky and velvety yet firm tannins. Pretty core of blue fruit, violets and gravel here. Crushed stones and black licorice, too. Textured and full of energy. Mineral and slate character at the end. 90% merlot and 10% cabernet franc. From biodynamically grown grapes.
CHÂTEAU BARDE-HAUT ST.-EMILION 2021
Brightness and freshness here, with light orange-peel, blackcurrant and earth, Lots of flowers, too. Medium-bodied, refined and very pretty. 80% merlot and 20% cabernet franc.
CHÂTEAU BASTOR-LAMONTAGNE SAUTERNES 2021
A fresh and clean Sauternes with dried pineapple and mango, as well as salted caramel. It’s medium-bodied with light sweetness and a tangy, spicy finish. Lots going on.
CHÂTEAU BATAILLEY PAUILLAC 2021
Subtle aromas of currants and fresh flowers with some tar and graphite. Medium-bodied with firm tannins and bright acidity. Very typical and bright for Pauillac. Linear and fine. Solid and tight. Well age nicely.
CHÂTEAU BEAU-SÉJOUR BÉCOT ST.-EMILION 2021
Lots of blue fruit with violets and a hint of boysenberry. Medium body, integrated and fine tannins and a cool, linear finish. Solid length and brightness.
CHÂTEAU BELLEFONT-BELCIER ST.-EMILION 2021
A racy and refined Bellefont with stone, chalk and salty character. Wet earth and green olives, too. Medium to full body with a core of pretty fruit and solid tannins that are fine and polished.
CHÂTEAU BERLIQUET ST.-EMILION 2021
Rather firm and muscular tannins frame the wine. Medium-to full-bodied with a column of fruit and density. Shows potential. Earth and spice at the end.
CHÂTEAU CERTAN DE MAY POMEROL 2021
A CM with depth and finesse. Layers of fine tannins. Medium body. Blackberry and blueberry flavors. Juicy and fine finish.
CHÂTEAU DU DOMAINE DE L'ÉGLISE POMEROL 2021
Pure merlot with violets, berries and hints of flowers. A medium-bodied wine with fine tannins, showing refinement and length. It moves up on the finish. Compact. Hint of coffee bean.
CHÂTEAU FAUGÈRES ST.-EMILION 2021
A very fine-textured wine with linear, racy tannins. Medium body and bright acidity. Mineral and chalk. Lovely, curranty flavor.
CHÂTEAU FEYTIT-CLINET POMEROL 2021
A medium-bodied red that starts off beautifully, with attractive currant and berry character, as well as black olive and violet. Fresh and vivid.
CHÂTEAU FLEUR CARDINALE ST.-EMILION 2021
A refined and linear wine with blackberry and blueberry aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied with fine tannins and a racy finish. Classy.
CHÂTEAU LA CLOTTE ST.-EMILION 2021
Medium to full body with a creamy, supple tannin structure. Just-ripe plum fruit and dark berries with a touch of chocolate. Plush, yet so fresh. 85% merlot and 15% cabernet franc.
CHÂTEAU LA DOMINIQUE ST.-EMILION 2021
Blackberry, walnut and crushed-stone aromas follow through to a medium-bodied palate with medium, round tannins and a juicy, pretty finish. Polished and fine for the vintage.
CHÂTEAU LA GARDE PESSAC-LEOGNAN BLANC 2021
A serious white with waxed lemon, stone, flint, cedar and lemon grass. Medium-bodied, very fine and fresh. Tight, too. Mineral finish.
CHÂTEAU LA GRAVE À POMEROL TRIGANT DE BOISSET POMEROL 2021
Bright and crunchy with firm, tight-knit tannins. Fragrant. Lots of brambleberries, plum stones, sandalwood and some orange zest. Plenty of finesse.
CHÂTEAU LAFLEUR-GAZIN POMEROL 2021
A medium-to full-bodied red with vibrant acidity and firm, fine tannins. Bright and polished with berries, walnuts, spices and dried flowers. Milk chocolate, too. Spicy and pretty finish.
CHÂTEAU LAROQUE ST.-EMILION 2021
A medium-bodied, elegant and fresh red with fine and silky tannins. Fresh acidity. Balanced and perfumed already with vibrant raspberry, blackberry and bark notes. Very citrusy. Linear and bright.
CHÂTEAU LASCOMBES MARGAUX 2021
A juicy young red with currant and blackberry aromas and flavors. Some crushed stone and spice, too. Medium-bodied with juicy tannins and a round-tannined finish. Attractive fruit character.
CHÂTEAU LASSÈGUE ST.-EMILION 2021
A wine with pureness and finesse, showing wonderful length and brightness. Dark berries, cherries and dried citrus. It's long and lively. Orange peel and other citrus notes at the end. Lots of minerality.
CHÂTEAU RAUZAN-SÉGLA MARGAUX 2021
A firm and linear wine with crushed stone and some citrusy acidity, Medium body, creamy tannins and a fresh finish, Lively at the end. Currant, blackberry and fresh tobacco in the aftertaste. 75% cabernet sauvignon.
CHÂTEAU ROUGET POMEROL 2021
I like the round tannins and juicy mouth-feel to this wine, showing softness and focus. Medium body. Pleasant redcurrant and chocolate undertones.
CHÂTEAU SANSONNET ST.-EMILION 2021
There’s a level of brilliance to this, with blackberries and tar, as well as black licorice and spices. Medium body, integrated tannins and a fresh finish. All together.
CHÂTEAU SOCIANDO-MALLET HAUT-MÉDOC CUVÉE JEAN GAUTREAU 2021
This is very solid, with blackcurrants and tar and chewy tannins. Medium-bodied with an impressive structure and a chewy finish.
CHÂTEAU TOUR MAILLET POMEROL 2021
A creamy, plush red with pretty blueberry, lavender, chocolate and light toffee notes. Full body with a fine, caressing tannin structure. Textured and fine.
CLOS DUBREUIL ST.-EMILION 2021
Already aromatic and together, with a medium body, integrated tannins and pretty fruit. Lots of blackberry and hints of dark chocolate. Well crafted for the vintage.
CROIX CANON ST.-EMILION 2021
A very balanced and fresh red with blackberry, chocolate and subtle hints of cappuccino. Medium body, very fine tannins and lovely length.
ENCLOS PAYROL POMEROL 2021
With round and creamy tannins, this baby Pomerol shows plenty of typical character for the appellation, with black-olive and tapenade character throughout.
LE MERLE DE PÉBY FAUGÈRES ST.-EMILION 2021
A juicy red with plums, berries and hints of citrus and minerals. Medium body. Creamy texture. Some black olive comes through. Second wine of Peby.
LE NARDIAN BORDEAUX BLANC 2021
Medium-to full-bodied with a fleshy array of waxed lemons, apricot stones, lemon grass and dried pineapples. Fresh, too. Just a hint of white pepper at the end. Layered and structured. Bitter-lemon notes. Serious for the vintage. 70% sauvignon blanc, 15% muscadelle and 15% semillon.
CHÂTEAU D'AIGUILHE BORDEAUX BLANC 2021
A pretty texture to this wine with sliced lemon, green apple and fresh celery. Grapefruit and nougat, too. Medium body. Sancerre-like. Sauvignon blanc. Drink now.
CHÂTEAU TOUR SAINT CHRISTOPHE BORDEAUX BLANC ANGELA 2021
A medium-bodied, pure sauvignon blanc with sliced apple, mango and butter. Lots of freshness and complexity with depth and intensity. Lots going on here. A real beauty. Hard not to drink now, but will be better in a year or two.
CALICE DE FAUGÈRES ST.-EMILION 2021
Real minerality and crushed-stone character with medium body, fine tannins and a vivid finish.
CHÂTEAU BEAU-SITE ST.-ESTÈPHE 2021
A fresher, more approachable St.-Estephe with plenty of black and purple fruit, as well as some violets and stones. Light coffee and spice notes, too. Firm but very silky and supple tannins. Excellent freshness. 73% cabernet sauvignon, 25% merlot and 2% petit verdot.
CHÂTEAU BELLEGRAVE POMEROL 2021
A solid young Pomerol with black-olive and blueberry aromas and flavors. Full and flavorful.
CHÂTEAU BONALGUE POMEROL 2021
Fresh and elegant Pomerol with pretty floral, berry, walnut and orange-zest notes. Fine and sleek tannins. Fresh, silky and lengthy.
CHÂTEAU BOURGNEUF POMEROL 2021
Very fine tannins with plum, currant and berry character. Medium body. Integrated and polished texture. Fine finish.
CHÂTEAU BOUTISSE ST.-EMILION 2021
A firm and tight St.-Emilion with a firm-tannin frame. Dark currants, blackberries, crushed stones and some tobacco. Mineral and tight for now.
CHÂTEAU CADET-BON ST.-EMILION 2021
Blackberry, licorice, salt and crushed-stone aromas and flavors. Medium body. Integrated and well crafted, with wholeness and beauty.
CHÂTEAU CAPET-GUILLIER ST.-EMILION 2021
A polished and fragrant St.-Emilion with firm, velvety tannins. Creamy. Lots of fresh blackberries, plums, sandalwood and cloves. Lengthy.
CHÂTEAU CLOS DE SARPE ST.-EMILION 2021
A juicy and fruit red with lots of plum, berry and some cherry aromas and flavors. Medium body with round, creamy tannins, yet it remains elegant and bright.
CHÂTEAU DALEM FRONSAC 2021
Blackberry, graphite and black-cherry aromas follow through to a full to medium body, creamy tannins and a juicy finish with blackberry, iron and ink.
CHÂTEAU DAUGAY ST.-EMILION 2021
Plenty of sweet fruit here with raspberries, blackberries, bark and lemon zest. Silky and medium-bodied with fine, sleek tannins. Supple and elegant.
CHÂTEAU DE LAMARQUE HAUT-MÉDOC 2021
A solid red for the vintage with blackcurrant, crushed-stone and walnut aromas and flavors. Medium body, polished tannins and a juicy, chewy finish. Well done.
CHÂTEAU FOMBRAUGE ST.-EMILION 2021
Perfumed and fresh with flowers, such as lavender and violets. Medium-bodied with fine tannins that are layered and refined in texture.
CHÂTEAU FONBADET PAUILLAC 2021
Blackberry and blueberry with stone and graphite. Medium-bodied with a solid core of fruit and tannins. Medium-chewy finish.
CHÂTEAU FONPLÉGADE ST.-EMILION 2021
All about finesse and focus for the vintage, with a medium-bodied palate and fine tannins. Racy and pretty. Slightly smoked lemon. From biodynamically grown grapes.
CHÂTEAU GUILLOT-CLAUZEL POMEROL 2021
A polished and refined wine with lovely sweetness of fruit in the center-palate for the vintage. Medium body. Juicy fruit. 80% merlot and 20% cabernet franc.
CHÂTEAU HAUT-BAGES-MONPELOU PAUILLAC 2021
A medium-bodied, firm yet suave red with very finely textured and caressing tannins. Pleasing mid-palate. Classic Pauillac nose of blackberries, gravel and some ash. Persistent, too. 71% cabernet sauvignon, 27% merlot, 2% cabernet franc.
CHÂTEAU LA CLEMENCE POMEROL 2021
Medium to full body with a creamy, caressing tannin texture. Ripe and plush, yet fresh, with plums, blueberries, sandalwood, bark and praline. Creamy and lengthy.
CHÂTEAU LA LOUVIÈRE PESSAC-LÉOGNAN 2021
A medium-bodied red with blackberry, licorice and tar character. Medium, round and focused. Plenty going on here. Typical for the region.
CHÂTEAU LA LOUVIÈRE PESSAC-LÉOGNAN BLANC 2021