That is the third a part of a 3 half article relating to the 2021 wine classic in Bordeaux, in addition to in different areas of France. The primary half—describing the classic typically and wines from ‘left financial institution’ Bordeaux—is positioned right here. The second half contains tasting notes from ‘proper financial institution’ of Bordeaux, or the land positioned to the east of the Gironde Estuary, and this third half contains tasting notes about wines from the southern ‘Entre-Deux-Mers’ area, in addition to basic appellations that cowl all of Bordeaux, and non-appellation wines. Additionally included are some wines from outdoors of Bordeaux and one white wine from South Africa. [Disclosure—I own shares in Etalon Rouge winery; hence the wine is not scored for overall quality.]
Château Sainte-Marie. Vielles Vignes. Bordeaux Superieur. 2021. 92 factors.
This previous vine Merlot contains hefty aromas of Crunchie chocolate bar, oak forest, maple syrup and raspberries and slight menthol. Spherical, open, recent—a cook dinner’s wine. Midpalate of purple fruits, and a end of maple syrup and black pepper.
Château Jean Fake. 2021. 94 factors.
This 80/20 Merlot/Cabernet Franc biodynamic mix contains aromas of raspberries, sage, moist earth and slight black pepper. Midpalate contains buoyant wealthy acidity, wild strawberries—energetic and vigorous, a springtime magnificence. Caramel and mocha on the end.
Château Lavergne-Dulong. 2021. 91 factors.
Biodynamic mix of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Aromas of raspberries, purple plums, Oreo chocolate cookies and caramel. Midpalate of cherries and raspberries. Considerably acidic.
Château au Vignoble. Bordeaux Supérieur. 2021. 92 factors.
From the Revelations sequence. Aromas of coal, chalk, sweet cane and purple fruit in addition to some butterscotch. Silky meld of brilliant acidity and younger purple fruit—raspberries. Some treacle and toast and licorice midpalate, and orange sorbet on the end. Gentle tannins—attractively delicate acidity. Pair with a lightweight salad that features slices of mandarins.
Château Thénac. Fleur de Thénac. 2021. 93 factors.
A Merlot dominant mix that additionally contains Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Aromas of oat muffins and biscuits, in addition to some menthol. A wealthy and folded wine with layered flavors that embrace espresso cake, toffee and raspberries midpalate and a end with slight caramel/mint. Wealthy and ebullient acidity, effectively built-in with semi-hefty tannins. Pair with a plate of rib eye steak and buttered asparagus, or with a poke bowl that features segments of mandarins.
Château Boutillot. Bordeaux. 2021. 91 – 92 factors.
From the De Boüard Revelations sequence—a 60/40 Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon mix. Aromas embrace pine needles, raspberries and purple cherries. Superbly built-in within the mouth, offering lush cheek really feel of ample darkish flavors—purple plums, milk chocolate, and on the end slight orange and sage. The marginally acidic aromas belie extra lovely flavors. Pair with hummus and pita, or with a shish kebab that features inexperienced peppers and pineapple.
Château Laurence. Sans Sulfites Ajoutés. 2021. 92+ factors.
From Philippe Nunes comes this 100% Merlot with crackling spry aromas of boysenberries, cranberries, slight hit of After Eight mints. A statured and structured wine—coherent funnel of darkish fruit, wealthy acidity, with slight mocha on the end. A constant reminder of the jewels that may come from Entre-Deux-Mers. Pair with profiterole dessert or a semi-spicy tajin.
Château Segonzac La Forêt. 2021. 92+ factors.
A Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc mix that features brisk aromas of lilacs, roses, mint crisp and cherry chocolate cake. A mouthful of chocolate cake, black and purple cherries, chocolate chips midpalate and mandarins on the end. Buoyant and lightweight acidity and low key however agency tannins. Pair with shish kebab or with pumpkin squash ravioli.
Château Laurence. Bordeaux Supérieur. 2021. 92 factors.
This 100% Merlot ages for 14 months in oak. Wealthy and recent purple fruit aromas—wild strawberries, nation lane, some gorse and menthol and melted butter. Scrumptious and wealthy flavors in a classic that tends towards extra acidity and herbaceousness. Bulging purple fruits equivalent to purple plums midpalate and slight eucalyptus on the end. Hopping acidity, suave tannins. Pair with barbecued beef or spicy Asian meals.
Château Laurence. Petite Laurence. Bordeaux Supérieur. 2021. 92 factors.
100% Merlot. Fairly a pleasant preliminary aroma of roses, lilacs, and spring florals, in addition to sliced purple cherries and a few mandarin. Straightforward consuming balanced wine with smoky bacon and black cherries midpalate, morels and sage on the end. Bounteous acidity that highlights the fruit, and slick, glossy tannins that present hidden construction. A luscious and engaging shock. Pair with enchiladas or croque monsieur.
Hubert de Boüard. Merlot. 2021. 90 – 92 factors.
Wealthy, redolent, juicy aromas of cranberries and purple cherries and a touch of gorse. A fast assault adopted by a darkish and juicy midpalate that features minestrone, sage, purple fruit and blueberries. The end will not be lengthy, and the tannins glossy although evident. Pair with goulash or Szechuan beef.
Hubert de Boüard. Cabernet Franc. 2021. 91 to 92 factors.
This 100% Cabernet Franc ages 10 months in French oak. Cola, sesame, nation lane scents and wild strawberry aromas in addition to these of eucalyptus and licorice—layered, centered and managed. Wealthy acidity and full flavors that embrace sage, roma tomatoes, and a playful and vigorous end with some mint and minestrone and cooking chocolate. A taut bundle of earth and fruit that’s wealthy, textured and with an extended end. Glossy tannins present an earthy backdrop. 3,000 to five,000 bottles produced yearly.
Hubert de Boüard. Cabernet Sauvignon. 2021. 91+ factors.
Highly effective, crisp, darkish and layered aromas of violets, minestrone, bourbon chocolate biscuits, tobacco and sage. Darkish plums and blackberries midpalate in a shower of energetic acidity and glossy, although tense tannins. A wealthy and absolutely built-in mouthful of darkish fruit and slight mocha. Pair with veal or a mint chocolate parfait dessert. Folded, pretty, compact, advanced and wealthy.
Château Laurence. Sans Sulfites Ajoutés. 2021. 92+ factors.
From Philippe Nunes this Merlot contains crackling spry aromas of boysenberries, cranberries, slight hit of After Eight mints. A statured and structured wine—coherent funnel of darkish fruit, wealthy acidity, with slight mocha on the end. A constant reminder of the jewels that may come from Entre-Deux-Mers. Pair with profiterole dessert or a semi-spicy tajin.
Château de Chantegrive. Graves. 2021. 91 factors.
From the Lévéque household—a Merlot dominant mix with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Darkish fruit aromas, some shortbread and acorns. Flavors of raspberries, cherries, some toffee midpalate.
Château Trocard. Bordeaux Supérieur. 2021. 92+ factors.
A Merlot/Cabernet Franc/Cabernet Sauvignon Mix with barely risky aromas of inexperienced grass, purple cherries and chocolate wafers. A fruit punch delight within the mouth—purple fruit and a few menthol midpalate, and chocolate crisp on the end. Glossy acidity. A juicy, vigorous, enjoyable but additionally well-structured and fantastically balanced wine.
Château Trocard. Monrepos. Bordeaux Supérieur. 2021. 91 factors.
100% Merlot from Les Artigues de Lussac that ages 14 months in oak barrels. Contains younger aromas that embrace balsamic and blueberries. Recent acidity, brilliant fruit, and tannins—although nonetheless needing higher general integration with time. A enjoyable and lightweight wine to pair with meat balls or pre-barbecue snacks.
Château Leroy-Beauval. Bordeaux Supérieur. 2021. 92+ factors.
80/20 mix of Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon aged 18 months in 80% new French oak. A butterscotch and cranberry set of aromas. A mushy tannin, juicy wine with chocolate wafers, mint and purple berries midpalate. Layered and sophisticated with mushy tannins, and vibrant acidity. Pair with a ghoul ash or penne pasta and fried veggies.
Château Auguste. Grand Rosé. 2021. 92+ factors.
Delicate and well-integrated aromas that embrace roses, limes, lemon and a few nuttiness. A supple wine with well-integrated tannins and acidity and virtually Provencal linearity. A effectively -made rosé—which may be difficult to find from Bordeaux.
Château Moutte Blanc. Moisin. Bordeaux. 2021. 93 factors.
Aromas of chocolate, mint brittle, moist ferns and moist leaves. Scrumptious flavors of blueberries midpalate on this 100% Petit Verdot. Voluptuous, deep, pretty supple tannins on this wine with purple cherries and anise on the end.
Etalon Rouge. Bordeaux. 2021.
Huge and beneficiant fruit bouquet on this 100% Cabernet Sauvignon that features aromas of cherries, violets, strawberries. Lush, elegant and silky tannins amid a midpalate of strawberries and brownies. This chewy magnificence is as gentle as a Pinot Noir, and will even masquerade as a Grenache. Blackberries and lightweight smoke on the end. Springtime in a glass.
Château Fougas. Maldoror. Grand Vin de Bordeaux. 2021. 93 factors.
Biodynamic mix of 75/25 Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon that ages 18 months in oak barrels. From Jean-Yves and Michèle Béchet in Bourg on the best financial institution, a magnificence with aromas of purple plums, earth, brilliant gentle cherries and mandarins. Within the mouth—plums, black cherries, tarragon midpalate. Wealthy and good acidity, lush tannins.
Château L’Éperon. Bordeaux Supérieur. 2021. 90+ factors.
An 85/15 Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon mix with some herbaceousness, mint, purple fruit aromas. Flavors embrace Italian darkish cherry breakfast tart, slight menthol on the end. Shiny acidity, simple consuming, gentle and recent.
Château Talmont. Cuvée Divine. 92 factors.
Creamy aromas of brilliant purple fruit and Christmas cake on this Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc mix. A juicy and joyful mouthful layered with treacle, morels, purple plums and sultanas midpalate and a few mint crisp on the end. Wealthy acidity, agency tannins. Pair with duck a l’orange or a dessert of chocolate cherry cake.
Château Talmont. 2021. 90 factors.
Considerably wild aromas with darkish fudge and inexperienced grass. Buoyant however barely disjointed acidity, purple fruit and clover midpalate, some orange citrus on the end. Pair with orange sorbet dessert or mushroom risotto.
Château Bel-Air. Cuvée Divine. 2021. 91 – 92 factors.
Wealthy, brisk, gentle aromas of untamed strawberries, raspberries and a rustic lane stroll in spring. Additionally a touch of eucalyptus. A 3-course layered meal within the mouth with festive and joyous finish of 12 months flavors that embrace minestrone, plums and cooking chocolate midpalate and a end with fig newtons and mint crisp. Shiny acidity, effectively built-in tannins. A delight.
Château Bel-Air. 2021. 91 – 92 factors.
Spry and recent gentle aromas or spring purple fruit, holly, peat, anise. A beneficiant and juicy, layered magnificence—folded with a number of flavors that embrace cherries on the assault and midpalate and each fruitcake and oranges on the end. Pair with a spread of meals—from wiener schnitzel or goulash to mushroom lasagna.
Château Tour de Bellegarde. 2021. 90 factors.
On this 80/20 Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon mix are bubble gum and barnyard aromas—distinct and totally different. Orange tart and minestrone and smells of a rustic hedgerow on the nostril. Midpalate features a slice of orange from the acidity, and beef bouillon. Good construction, some nectarine and cumin on the end. Completely different—and should evolve to have surprisingly delicate flavors.
Château Camponac. Merlot. Grand Vin de Bordeaux. 2021. 91 factors.
From winemaker Claude Rougier—initially from Marseilles—positioned in essentially the most lovely hills of Bourg comes this Merlot that ages 16 months in new oak. Strong aromas of moist earth, blueberries, nettle and sage. A recent and well-structured mouthful with intriguing complexity that features flavors of cocoa and cranberries mid palate, and oatmeal and Graham crackers on the end. Fascinating complexity and freshness and velvety tannins makes this a Minervois inside Bordeaux.
L’Exception. Ricolte. 2021. 90 factors.
Cola, bouillon and blueberry aromas. A layered and transferring midpalate of cranberries, cherries and toast. Nicely built-in chirpy acidity and streamlined tannins. Completely different and attractively so. Pair with blueberry pie dessert, or a minestrone soup. This can be a wine made for connoisseur meals, and might spotlight delicate flavors.
Château Haut-Fontenelle. Bordeaux Rosé. 2021. 89 factors.
From Alain Pascal, a 12.5% alcohol rosé constituted of 50/50 Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc mix. Slick and glossy aromas, together with mandarins, guava, kiwi fruit and lemon meringue. Gentle and crispy-tart, with flavors that embrace grapefruit and white plums midpalate and a candy sweet corn end. Bracing acidity. Pair with sashimi and even butter and sage lathered roast child potatoes.
Château La Loubière. Bordeaux Supérieure. 2021. 91+ factors.
From Vignobles Jade, this 90/10 Merlot/Malbec mix will age 16 months in barrels, vats and amphorae and has nutty, darkish, textured, meaty and engaging aromas that embrace these of hazelnuts and cherries. A scrumptious river of purple and black fruit in a brimming but managed matrix of scorching acidity. Delicate however well-structured tannins. Straightforward consuming and interesting. Pair with a most important course of roasted sport equivalent to rabbit or duck, or with a vegetarian stew.
Château Bourdieu. Absolu. Grand Vin de Bordeaux. 2021. 92 factors.
A 79/17/4 mix of Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon/Malbec. Considerably risky aromas that embrace grass, peat and beef, although the blue fruit and mocha midpalate flavors are engaging. Stout tannins and a few mint crisp and blueberries on the end. Layered and creamy. Pair with grilled beef.
Château Les Clottiers. Grand Vin de Bordeaux. 2021. 91 – 92 factors.
From this 85/15 mix of Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon that ages in metal tanks come risky aromas that embrace darkish plums, gravy and gorse. Fairly a silky and attractive midpalate, in distinction to the aromas. A palate of prunes, bacon, marmalade and purple cherries. Exceedingly mushy tannins and crisp, quiet acidity. Pair with lamb chops, wiener schnitzel or risotto.
Château Bourdieu NO. 1. Grand Vin de Bordeaux. 2021. 91 factors.
This 89/8/3 mix of Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon/Malbec is from 35 12 months previous vines. Aromas of peat and blueberries and an interesting midpalate that features crunchy chocolate bar flavors, beef stew, hazelnuts and blue berries. Tannins and acidity nonetheless want calming. Pair with a goulash or with a banana flambé dessert.
Château Laurence. Le Rosé. Vin de Bordeaux. 2021. 91 factors.
From Merlot, this rosé contains crisp, tangy aromas of lime, inexperienced apples, some nectarines, recent peaches and honey. Barely tart on the assault, with juicy acidity effectively built-in with tropical and inexperienced fruits midpalate, some oatmeal and apple cider on the end. Pair with lemon doused smoked salmon or a souffle.
Domaines Landron. Muscadet Sèvre et Maine. Amphibolite. 2021. 92 factors.
Biodynamic from winemaker Jo Landron within the Loire Valley. This Muscadet contains aromas of pumpkin pie, tropical fruits equivalent to mandarins, and flint. Beneficiant acidity on this advanced juice that gives an oily cheekful that’s spherical, wealthy and contains flavors of inexperienced apples and a few salt. A straightforward consuming magnificence.
Jonathan Didier Pabiot. Pouilly sur Loire. Chasselas. 2021. 91 factors.
Biodynamic Chasselas—this grape is extra generally present in Switzerland than the Loire Valley. It contains aromas of Fresca/7-Up, lime and golden syrup. The flavors embrace white pears, purple apples, honey and cinnamon. Distinctive and recent flavors. Pair with a creamy cheesecake dessert.
Famille Lafage. Miraflors Rosé. Côtes Catalanes. IGP. 2021. 91 factors.
This 50/30/20 mix of Grenache Gris/Grenache Noir/Mourvèdre contains aromas of sunshine purple fruit together with raspberries and a touch of florals—assume roses. Buoyant acidity. Easygoing begin to a spring afternoon. Gentle, barely candy. Pair with strawberries and cream.
Klein Constantia. Sauvignon Blanc. Constantia Valley. South Africa 2021. 94 factors.
This contains wine constituted of grapes grown above decomposed granite and Desk Mountain Sandstone. Ocean recent aromas of lime, grapefruit and papayas. A fantastically creamy mouthful of inexperienced apple flavors, in addition to some lime and gooseberries. Billowing however mushy acidity with a slight kick on the end. Pair with ceviche and lime or a dessert of barely tart apple pie.
Château Laurence. Blanc Sec. Bordeaux Blanc. 2021. 91 – 92 factors.
A 100% Sauvignon Blanc that ages 11 months in oak and has a light lime hue, this wine is tropical and barely effervescent on the nostril. Creamy aromas of recent bread, slight lime. Quick assault with inexperienced apples and gooseberries midpalate, bracing acidity on the end. Pair with barely salty chowder or cod and lime.
Grand Vin de Puy Redon. Chardonnay. 2021. 94 factors.
Aged in two-year previous French oak barrels and stirred on the lees, this wine contains creamy, layered, bouncy, buoyant aromas of inexperienced and yellow apples, gin tonic and gooseberries. Quick assault adopted by creamy layers of inexperienced apples and yellow pears, with honey and slight salinity on the end. A real delight—perky, advanced and creamy. Pair with honey slathered grilled salmon or a creamy risotto. Scrumptious.
Dubreuil. Chardonnay. 2021. 92 factors.
This 100 Chardonnay is Sauvignon Blanc-like with aromas of lime, grapefruit, mangoes and salinity. Spherical, recent and simple consuming. An approachable wine with crisp acidity. Some lychee and tropical fruits midpalate. Nicely balanced. Pair with appetizers that embrace nuts, or with sushi.
Château d’Arsac. Cuvée Céline. Sauvignon. Bordeaux. 2021. 90 factors.
Aromas of smoke, salt and hickory and a midpalate with taut acidity, and flavors of limes and grapefruit.
Château Thénac. 2021. 89 factors.
A mix of Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon/Muscadelle has aromas of Pamplemousses, lime, pineapple, some apricot and flint. Semi-creamy with strict acidity midpalate. Pair with scallops or sole.
Château Sainte-Marie. Vielles Vignes. Supply de Ardour. Entre-Deux-Mers. 2021. 93 factors.
This 70/25/5 Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon/Muscadelle mix contains gobs and buckets of recent aromas of grapefruit and honey. A tropical cocktail with solely 12% alcohol. As soon as you start, you’ll proceed with this bottle.
Château Jean Fake. Les Pins Francs. 2021. 93 factors.
This 90/10 biodynamic mix of Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon spends 9 months growing older in oak barrels, of which 25% are new. A brilliant river of recent, suave aromas that embrace a snap of grapefruit melded with honey and slight bubble gum. Explosively recent style contains crackling flavors of tropical fruits engulfed in shining acidity.
Château Lavergne-Dulong. 2021. 91 factors.
From Thomas Christen comes this biodynamic 100% Sauvignon Blanc which incorporates brilliant tropical fruit; each flamboyant and restrained, with flavors of flint and lime.
Château Peyredon Lagravette Cuvée Chardonneret. 2021. 92 factors.
This Entre-Deux-Mers white named after a small and uncommon chook is a mix of Semillon/Sauvignon Gris/Sauvignon Blanc and ages in clay amphorae. Shiny shining acidity, with aromas of honey and butter and almonds. Tropical fruit on the midpalate, and mandarins on the end: the acidity will entice you to pour one other glass. And once more.
Hubert de Boüard. Sauvignon. 2021. 90 – 92 factors.
Snappy and well-balanced aromas on this Sauvignon Blanc of inexperienced apples, mangoes, mandarins, lemon crisp. A stupendous midpalate medley of tropical fruit and mushy tannins embraced by vibrant acidity. Creamy meringue end. Pair with burrata and prosciutto or vegetarian cous-cous with orange peppers.
Hubert de Boüard. Chardonnay. 2021. 90 – 92 factors.
A semi-Burgundian set of buttered and toasty aromas with slivers of lime, yellow apples and inexperienced apples. A creamy, dexterous, shining midpalate of tropical fruits with a vigorous crème de menthe and honey end. Layered, advanced, pleasant. Pair with a dessert of apple pie or aux gratin potatoes and white fish. Scrumptious and addictive.
Château Haut-Fontenelle. Bordeaux Blanc. 2021. 89 factors.
This Sauvignon Blanc from Vignobles Alain Pascal has aromas of inexperienced apples and grapefruit, with some white pears and apricots. Slight flint and sweetness on the nostril. Quick assault, midpalate of inexperienced apples and a few mandarins—eager acidity. Pair with dumplings or a creamy fish soup.
Château La Loubiere. Bordeaux. 2021. 92 factors.
From Vignobles Jade, this 79/12/9 Sauvignon Blanc/Sauvignon Gris/Muscadelle from 40-year-old vines ages 9 months in amphorae and barrels with common stirring of lees. It contains crisp, acidic aromas of grapefruit, lime and a few nuttiness. A clear, crisp and satisfying midpalate with flavors of mangoes, lime, grapefruit. Kicking acidity on this aperitif wine. 5,400 bottles produced.
Château Castera Anthoinette. Sauvignon. Bordeaux Blanc. 2021. 90 factors.
Traditional Sauvignon Blanc with grapefruit and saline aromas. Within the mouth that is bounteous, open, recent, rounded and simple consuming. Midpalate contains pecans and in addition tangerines.
Château Doyac. Le Pélican. Bordeaux Blanc. 2021. 92 factors.
This biodynamic, 100% Sauvignon Blanc contains salt, grapefruit, honey and clover aromas. Crisp and simple consuming with rounded acidity and flavors of lime, Fresca and grapefruit.
Château de Côme. Blanc de Côme. Grand Vin Blanc Sec Bordeaux. 2021. 90 factors.
Aromas of grapefruit and mint. Considerably skinny, although with a stunning lime edge and a rounded and open midpalate. That is an aperitif wine.
Château Fourcas Dupré. Grand Vin Blanc. Bordeaux. 2021. 91 factors.
Aromas of honey, almonds and brioche. The midpalate contains flavors of menthol and nuts and only a contact of salinity.
Les Arums de Lagrange. Vin de Bordeaux. 2021. 89 factors.
A Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon mix with aromas of a grapefruit and lime cocktail with a midpalate of brilliant candy fruit and apricots and lightweight menthol on the end.
Château du Retout. Le Retout Blanc. Vin de France. 2021. 89 factors.
Situated at Lamarque on the left financial institution of Bordeaux, the white grapes embrace Sauvignon Gris, Savagnin, Gros Manseng and Mondeuse Blanche. Aromas of limes, salt and recent bread. Midpalate of inexperienced limes, inexperienced apples and a tinge of honey in a wine bathed with taut acidity.
Château de Tertre. Tertre Blanc. 2021. 92 factors.
From a producer positioned in Margaux on the left financial institution, this white has aromas of grapefruit, lime and lemon. Inexperienced apples and honey midpalate and lime on the end.