2020 Petit Verdot, Domaine Mas Belles Eaux, Languedoc, France
The lesser known Bordeaux variety, Petit Verdot, thrives in the slightly warmer Languedoc. It's not widely planted, and is often blended with other varieties, but Domaine Mas Belles Eaux have rightly chosen to show it off in all its magnificence.
This is a big wine with huge personality. The aroma is an alluring combination of dark fruit, violet and a hint of clove. On the palate it has a strudy backbone and rich texture. Dark fruits again dominate with a hint of cocoa in the background.
Magnum - 2013 Chateau Meyney, Saint-Estephe, Bordeaux, France
A great perfomrmer in the 2013 vintage, and even better in magnum. This muscular Bordeaux is rich and meaty with a good concentration of sweet fruit and a definite note of spice on the finish. Now at an age where it is really beginning to hit its stride, but will continue to develop for 8-10 years.
2015 Chateau Kirwan, Gran Cru Classe Margaux, Bordeaux, France
A rich, deep colour that immediately announces the tone of the vintage. It appears as a highly concentrated wine. The rich, complex nose confirms this impression, with a blend of black fruit and spices such as black pepper, cinnamon and vanilla.
In the mouth, the attack is at once fresh and profuse. The sense of volume continues mid-palate while velvety tannins gradually develop, giving the wine its body without ever becoming overbearing. Everything is in perfect balance. A few notes of cocoa and coffee complement he broad aromatic palette right up to the prolonged finale, supported by extremely mature tannins.
While the pleasure it procures may tempt some to drink it young, I suggest waiting a few years. Indeed, everything indicates long and propitious ageing.
2014 Chateau La Lagune, Cru Classe Haut Medoc, Bordeaux, France
"The 2014 La Lagune is a wine that showed extremely well when I tasted it from barrel. Now in bottle, it has a very well defined, quite intense bouquet with blackberry, cedar and pencil box aromas—classic in style, demonstrating impressive breeding. The palate is very well balanced with fine tannin, bright and vivacious black fruit laced with graphite, fine mineralité and it fans out wonderfully on the Pauillac-like finish. You know, I suspect this might even surpass the 2015 La Lagune... let's see. This is excellent." Drink 2019 - 2035. 92 pts, Neal Martin, Wine Advocate
2016 Chateau de Lamarque, Haut Medoc, Bordeaux, France
“The 2016 Lamarque has a very refined bouquet with gorgeous aromas of blackberry, cedar and pressed flowers that unfurls beautifully in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with quite robust and firm tannin, but the fruit is so pure that you barely notice its arching structure. It delivers a wonderful, persistent pencil box tinged finish and a long, graphite aftertaste. This is a superb contribution to the vintage, just classic, damn delicious Left Bank Bordeaux.” 91-93pts Wine Advocate