Goedhuis, May 2021
Muscadet has seen quality improve in leaps and bounds recently and is rightly regaining ground as a go-to region for brilliant value, interesting, light whites. Bright, zesty and delicately creamy, this 2020 has a beautiful bouquet of fresh apple, peach and lemon layered with crushed oyster shell. A palate-tingling and very approachable Muscadet with a refreshing citrus finish. Perfect on its own or with seafood.
Goedhuis, August 2020
This cuvée is made from young Sauvignon Blanc vines grown on the flinty limestone soils of Pouilly Fumé in the Loire Valley. The 2020 is crisp and energetic with wonderful aromas of blackcurrant leaf, elderflower, green apples and lemon. The palate has beautiful clarity of flavour and minerality, all underpinned by a lively acidity and long, fresh finish. Made by the enterprising Sébastien Redde, an emerging talent of the region.
Goedhuis, November 2020
This fine Premier Cru sitting south west of the town of Chablis always produces a very perfumed and floral style of wine. This is a classical example in every way. The bright citrus flavours focus on lemon sorbet and lime, giving way to a touch of aromatic jasmine and chamomile. The long mineral steely finish gives a feeling of quality and class. Lovely.
Burghound, November 2020, Score: 90-92
There is even classic Chablis character suffusing the white peach, pear and pretty floral nuances. The racy, intense and solidly mineral-driven medium weight flavors culminate in a saline and lemony finish that displays a mild touch of austerity. Drink 2026+
Matthew Jukes, November 2020, Score: 17.5
With a chalky, citrus attack, this is a firm wine with a mineral edge which brings a dramatic sourness to the flavour. Edgy and lean there is a raspy note here which makes the mouth water. The fruit is mountain-stream-fresh and there is a coolness which is extremely enticing. Drink 2022-2027
Jasper Morris MW, December 2020, Score: 90-93
From six plots well distributed across Vaillons. For example, they pick the 75 year old vines in Séchets a week before those in Mélinots at the far end of the valley. Notably pale in colour, very reductive, suggestive of fresh mint on the stones. Almost dainty within the context of the vintage, yet with good grip at the back. 4 stars.
Goedhuis, November 2021
Contino sits on one of the best terroirs in Rioja Alavesa. This prestigious site makes their Reserva 2017 exceptional value. It shows a wondrous concentration of flavour, brimming with juicy red and black fruits: red cherry, red plum, black cherry, and blueberries sit atop fragrant dried fig and prune. Sweet spice and clove mingle with mushroom and forest floor. On the palate, a pleasing spine of acidity and fine tannins give depth to the spiced black fruits and balsamic, black olive flavours that come to the fore. A fantastic Rioja Reserva that is drinking well already and represents outstanding value.
Decanter, September 2021, Score: 91
Dark cherry, mushroom and wood spices on top of cherry can and dark cherry liqueur. After two years of ageing in American and French oak, the tannins are fine-grained in texture. Sweet spiced prunes are balanced by great acidity, followed by a long finish.
Goedhuis, April 2021
Vincent Charton is a talented young winemaker putting the appellation of Mercurey on the map with his exciting brand of juicy Côte Chalonnaise Pinot Noir. His 2019 Bourgogne Derriere Sazenay is hugely enjoyable. Supple and concentrated, it is brimming with cranberry, pomegranate and bramble fruits. It has agile tannins and a mouth-watering acidity. A terrific wine at a bargain price.
Goedhuis, April 2022
This is everything a second wine from a top Cru Classé estate should be. From the vineyards of Calon Segur in St Estèphe, this has a silky texture and a bold, fruit forward style. Rich broad plum and damson fruits, this is a wonderfully mouth-coating wine with a fine tannic touch and a long, full finish. Drinking now, but there is certainly no rush.
Neal Martin, January 2019, Score: 91
The 2016 Le Marquis de Calon Ségur is a blend of 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon matured in 30% new oak, bottled in June 2018. It has a delightful bouquet of blackberry, boysenberry and tobacco aromas; hints of dark chocolate emerge with time in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with a lively, energetic opening. This is well balanced and nicely poised, displaying a fine bead of acidity, and it feels long in the mouth. A deeply impressive second wine from Calon-Ségur that should give a decade of drinking pleasure. 2021 - 2032
Neal Martin, April 2017, Score: 89-91
The 2016 Marquis de Calon-Segur is a blend of 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon this year, picked at 42 hectoliters per hectare and matured in 30% new oak. It has an opulent bouquet with blackberry and a smudge of boysenberry jam, perhaps not with the delineation of let's say, the La Dame de Montrose, yet undeniably pure. The palate is medium-bodied with a surprisingly firm structure given the dominance of the Merlot, with grainy tannin and superb freshness. I have a sneaky feeling that this Deuxième Vin might last a lot longer than people will allow it.
Antonio Galloni, January 2019, Score: 93
The 2016 Le Marquis de Calon Ségur is just as gorgeous from bottle as it was from barrel. The high percentage of Merlot comes through beautifully in the wine's succulent, racy personality. Raspberry jam, mocha, white flowers, spice and blood orange all race through this succulent second wine from Calon Ségur. Best of all, the 2016 will be ready to drink upon release. Tasted three times. 2019 - 2031
Antonio Galloni, April 2017, Score: 90-93
The 2016 Le Marquis de Calon Ségur is a gorgeous, exotically beautiful wine. Succulent dark fruit, lavender, mint, white flowers and blood orange create an incredibly appealing interplay of ripeness and freshness. Stylistically, the 2016 recalls the ripe, opulent style of the 2014, but with a bit less of that wine's unctuousness. Tasted two times.
James Suckling, April 2017, Score: 92-93
Dark berry, tar and stone character. Medium to full body, firm and silky tannins and a flavorful finish. Balance and intensity. Very pretty density. Pretty fruit. Second wine of Calon.
Decanter, April 2017, Score: 91
A beautifully vibrant violet colour with tight, sappy, dark fruits that grip right through the palate. This is a beautifully mouthwatering second wine from 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in 30% new oak for 17 months. The young vines suffered somewhat in 2016 with the drought, and many that were blended into the grand vin in 2015 (70% Merlot) did not make it in 2016.
Matthew Jukes, April 2017, Score: 17+
There is more young Cabernet Sauvignon in this wine for the first time because the grapes were very ripe. The reason for including them is because it brought more freshness and definition to the blend. Lovely and mouth-coating and with very smart length and it far exceeds the quality other most other second wines of this price not least because it will mature well.
Jancis Robinson, April 2017, Score: 17+
55% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon. Young Cabernet Sauvignon (planted 2007-2010) are in this wine for the first time which Vincent Millet thinks add gravitas. Very sweet and broad – rather like a particularly ripe Bolgheri wine on the nose! Very sweet and luscious. A good restaurant wine. Round tannins and lots of freshness. Very salivatory. 14.2% Drink 2025-2038
Tim Atkin, May 2017, Score: 93
A deeply coloured, focused, well structured second wine which reflects very well on the Grand Vin, this is firmer and slightly more concentrated, with a little less perfume than Calon itself, layers of dense plum and cassis fruit and vivid acidity. 2024-32
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