We long waited for this wine to come out En Primeur - but it never did. It was one of our wines of the vintage and our favourite at the UGC St. Emilion tasting. It delivers a gorgeous palate of fruit that is wonderfully balanced by spice, leather and ultra-fine tannins. This is an incredible wine in a seriously underpriced vintage.
A beautiful wine from this biodynamically farmed vineyard (in the late 1800s it was part of the huge Figeac estate), this blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc achieved 13.5% alcohol naturally. The wife of Stephane Derenoncourt, Christine, manages the winery and has produced an outstanding sleeper of the vintage. Sweet raspberry, blueberry, kirsch, licorice, incense and spice aromas soar from the glass of this dark plum/ruby-colored 2008. Lush, round and layered, it can be drunk now and over the next 12-15 years. Drink: 2011 - 2026
From an old parcel that used to be part of the Figeac vineyard in the 19th century, this blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc was fashioned by Christine Derenoncourt, the wife of Stephane. The 2008 is not far off the quality of her brilliant 2005. A dense ruby/purple color is accompanied by notes of sweet black cherries, black currants, and crushed rocks. It is a big, juicy, deep, full-bodied, seamlessly constructed wine with high acids and ripe tannins. Drink it during its first 12-15 years of life. Drink: 2009 - 2024
Very dark. Meaty, savoury nose - really very ripe though not overripe. Scented and concentrated. Quite punchy and dry - Moueix style. Uncompromising. Rich yet dry and tarry - almost Hermitage like! A very long distance runner.
South of Pomerol lies the medieval, perched village of St Emilion. Surrounding St Emilion are vines that produce round, rich and often hedonistic wines. Despite a myriad of soil types, two main ones dominate - the gravelly, limestone slopes that delve down to the valley from the plateau and the valley itself which is comprised of limestone, gravel, clay and sand. Despite St Emilion's popularity today, it was not until the 1980s to early 1990s that attention was brought to this region. Robert Parker, the famous wine critic, began reviewing their Merlot-dominated wines and giving them hefty scores. The rest is history as they say. Similar to the Médoc, there is a classification system in place which dates from 1955 and outlines several levels of quality. These include its regional appellation of St Emilion, St Emilion Grand Cru, St Emilion Grand Cru Classé and St Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé, which is further divided into "A" (Ausone and Cheval Blanc) and "B" (including Angélus, Canon, Figeac and a handful of others). To ensure better accuracy, the classification is redone every 10 years enabling certain châteaux to be upgraded or downgraded depending on on the quality of their more recent vintages.