This wine is dark ruby in colour. It has lively cherry notes on the nose, a touch of liquorice and hints of black pepper. On the palate, it is full-bodied and the ripe tannins gently support the cherry, cassis and herb character on the finish.
On the nose there are tantalising notes of cassis, mulberry and sour black cherry while the first sip reveals firm tannins, a well-built structure, and hints of cigar box spice, graphite, leather and crushed wild berries.
A vivid ruby red in colour, the Moulin-�-Vent has a very aromatic nose, with notes of crushed strawberry and menthol. On the palate, it is round and balanced with a good structure and hints of cherries and wet stones.
The 8.5 hectares of Croix Romane are located less than 2 km from the famous Pomerol plateau on an amazing gravelly crest with nearly 10% clay mixed with sand on the surface and gravel below ground. It has an intense yellow colour and the nose, as powerful as it is elegant, combines candied fruits and toasted stavewood. Just as intense is the charming palate with its flexible and soft entrance, its…
An excellent chateau, owned by the Fabre family. 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot grapes and traditionally vinified. Aged in oak barriques with blackcurrant flavours and lots of creamy, vanilla oak.
A red dress sharp, brilliant, with the reflections garnet. Finely timbered, the fruit dominates with raspberry notes. The flexible attack is followed of a large volume supported by velvety tannins. The final is long and cordial.
Aromas of morello cherry and raspberry with complex earthy elements, mouthfilling on the palate with a good concentration of red berry fruits, a lick of smooth woody vanilla and a lovely supple, textured middle supported by very fine tannins. Elegant and complex despite its concentration with a well balanced and defined finish.
The 2017 Cote Rotie was still in separate lots when I visited, yet I came away with remarkably similar impressions from the Gerine (fragrant charming and silky) and le Plomb (taut, intense and structural) as I did last year. A number of other lots will go into the final assemblage (Chavaroche, Fongeant, Lezardes and several more, probably including La Landonne). There's more cracked pepper and vio…