2009 - Ch Berliquet Grand Cru Classé St Emilion
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Berliquet
Region
St Emilion
Grape
Merlot / Cabernet Franc / Cabernet Sauvignon
Drinking
2015 - 2028
Case size
12x75cl
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2009 CH BERLIQUET GRAND CRU CLASSÉ ST EMILION - 12x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Berliquet
Region
St Emilion
Grape
Merlot / Cabernet Franc / Cabernet Sauvignon
Drinking
2015 - 2028
Case size
12x75cl
Available Now
Duty Paid (Inc. VAT)
Case price £536.14 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, April 2010,
    Score: 91-93

    A more feminine wine, the 2009 Berliquet offers a core of attractive fruit succulence and velvety ripe tannins. It finishes with a salty tang lift that adds layers and length. From the Nicolas Thienpont stable.

  • RP1

    Robert Parker, February 2012,
    Score: 91

    The wine displays oodles of strawberry jam intermixed with kirsch, dusty, loamy soil notes, garrigue, spice box and vanillin. It is full-bodied, opulent, very flamboyant and showy, with a hint of chalky minerality to add complexity and precision. It should drink well for up to 15 or more years. Showing far better than it did from barrel, this wine comes from a beautiful southwest-facing hillside slope near Angelus. With the 2009, Berliquet has turned out one of their best wines in many a year. Yields were only 21.5 hectoliters per hectare, and the wine is a final blend of 73% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon that tipped the scales at 14% natural alcohol under the guidance of Stephane Derenoncourt. Drink: 2012 - 2027

  • RP

    Robert Parker, April 2010,
    Score: 87-89

    Tasted on four separate occasions, many of the Bordeaux intelligentsia were high on the 2009 Berliquet. Consultant Stephane Derenoncourt produced a wine with record levels of alcohol (14.5%), but while I found it to be elegant and well-made, it was not "singing." Furthermore, it revealed rustic tannin and a somewhat rugged style. It is made from extremely low yields of 19 hectoliters per hectare, with malolactic accomplished in barrel and aging on its lees, a variation on Burgundy's centuries old traditional practices. The wine exhibits lots of minerality, plenty ofberry fruit, and a hint of herbs. While very good to excellent, I do not believe it will ever be outstanding.

  • DC

    Decanter, April 2010,
    Score: 16.5

    Pure fruit expression. Fine tannic texture. Long finish. Vineyard and terroir show. Drink 2015-2025.

  • WS

    Wine Spectator, April 2010,
    Score: 93-96

    Offers precision and beauty, with floral, blackberry and violet aromas. Full-bodied, with supersilky tannins and a long, balanced finish. Caressing and loving. Then hits you. A new wine from the same team of Larcis-Ducasse.

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Producer

Château Berliquet

This overlooked château was purchased by the Wertheimer brothers of Chanel in August 2017, who also own neighbouring Ch Canon as well as Margaux property Ch Rauzan Ségla. The team at Ch Canon are undertaking major changes in the vineyard and cellar, and this 10 hectare estate’s future looks bright.

Region

St Emilion

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.