This champagne displays an attractive colour, fluid and luminous, of a raspberry red with pale orange reflections. It is enlivened by its fine and vivacious bubbles, which crown a radiant disk. The visual sensation suggests a fresh and nuanced wine.
The 2012 Club Meunier Special Cuvée is a rich and fresh Champagne, with a great harmony and a depth of fruit balanced by a high quality minerality. We suggest a tasting temperature between 9 and 14 ° C.
One of the great Pessac-Leognon properties, Domaine de Chevalier which has released their ‘rouge’ at a cracking price and comes highly recommended @ £255.00 IB per case of six representing a substantial reduction compared to the 2015 & 2016 prices.
Jeb Dunnuck 94-97 “Tasted no less than four times, the 2017 Domaine de Chevalier is going to be up with the crème de la crème of the vintage. Based on 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, and 5% Petit Verdot aging in 35% new French oak, its deep purple color is followed by an incredibly classic bouquet of crème de cassis, crushed rock, pipe tobacco, smoked earth, and leafy herbs. Similar in style to the 2008, yet with more generosity and charm, it’s medium to full-bodied, silky, and elegant, with ripe tannin. Give it a few years and enjoy over the following two decades or more”.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW 93-95+ “Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2017 Domaine de Chevalier opens with a cedary waft giving way to a good core of crushed black currants, blackberries and mulberries with suggestions of black truffles, tilled soil and black olives plus a hint of smoked meats. Medium-bodied with a good, solid frame of ripe, fine-grained tannins and oodles of freshness, it is elegantly fruited yet well sustained on the mid-palate and long finish”.
94+ Points - Stuart McCloskey
This is quintessential Pauillac and the best Pedesclaux I have sampled from the estate in over 10 years. The palate is full-bodied with copious sweet ripe black fruit, marked by soft tannins and wonderful harmony and tension. This is undoubtedly an outstanding Pedesclaux which could get better?
90-92 Points - Neal Martin “The 2016 La Chenade is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc from Denis Durantou's estate in Lalande-de-Pomerol. It was picked 24-29 September for the Merlot and 6 October for the Cabernet Franc at 39 hectoliters per hectare and then matured in 40% new oak. It has a lovely nose that needed some coaxing from the glass, eventually revealing black cherries and touches of bergamot with Earl Grey following later. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, fresh right from the start, very harmonious with an elegant, quite minerally finish. Very elegant, very suave, very promising.”
92-93 Points - James Suckling “So delicious already with delicious depth and fruitiness, yet this always retains its balance and length. Fine tannins and a raspberry, cassis finish. You want to drink this now.”
91-93 Neal Martin “The 2016 Les Cruzelles, Denis Durantou's second estate in Lalande-de-Pomerol, is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc picked 22-29 September and on 6 October, respectively. The yield is 40 hectoliters per hectare, and it is matured in 50% new oak. It has a very fragrant bouquet with perfumed red cherry and crushed strawberry fruit infused with minerals, like the La Chenade, very harmonious and detailed. The palate is medium-bodied with crunchy red berry fruit, crisp acidity, a little spicier than the La Chenade and perhaps with a touch more persistence on the finish. Cellar space should be made for this sensual and engaging wine, and if prices follow their trend as in previous years, it could be one of the Right Bank's outstanding values”.
17 Points - Jancis Robinson
Very deep crimson. Intense nose. Sweet start and very dramatic. This should be worth looking out for over the next few vintages. Real improvement this year.
88-90 Points - Neal Martin "The 2016 Saintayme was picked from 9-15 October, cropped at 50 hectoliters per hectare and matured in 30% new oak. It has a pretty blueberry-scented bouquet with just a faint touch of iris, the oak nicely enmeshed with the fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with a touch of white pepper on the entry, lacking a little depth on the mid-palate but nicely detailed on the finish. This is a lovely, early-drinking Saint Emilion from Denis Durantou.”
92-93 Points - James Suckling “This is very dense and beautiful yet it’s agile and exciting. Blueberries, chocolate and walnuts. Full to medium body and beautiful length. Juicy center palate of fruit.”
92 Points - Jane Anson / Decanter “The impressive thing with Denis Durantou is the accomplishment shown across his entire range and the precision of his work with tannins. These are not insubstantial wines, and here there is a richness and shape to the structure&
The NV Reserve Brut Rosé impresses for its depth and round, sensual personality. Layers of fruit caress the palate in this deep, resonant rosé. This is a fairly straightforward wine but it is impossible not to love the pure vinosity and purity of the fruit.
Similarly, Château Rauzan Segla is in huge demand and with the sensible price of £324.00 IB per case of six will sell-out rather quickly. This is available for all to purchase and firmly stands as one of the ‘savvy’ buys of the campaign. Same score as Pichon Lalande and much better priced!