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Smoky, spicy nose. Punchy, fresh and vibrant. Classic Graves style with attractive vivacious fruit on the palate. Late picking (finishing 15th October) of Cabernet has proved its worth in this two-thirds Cabernet/one-third Merlot blend. Haut-Bailly is achieving really good things at present.
Haut-Brion made a splendid 2001 employing more Merlot than usual. As a consequence Bahans, which accounted for 30% of the crop, is Cabernet-dominant, and will therefore age well. It is a wine of cassis fruit and spice with a deep, earthy core.
A deep, intense purple colour, with elegant aromas of red and black fruits. The palate has a wonderful mineral and stone fruit character so typical of Grave properties, with weight and flesh from Merlot. Tannins are firm but balance perfectly with the weight of fruit. This is another vintage that justifies La Mission’s inclusion amongst the very best Bordeaux estates.
An absolute stunner, leaving one totally mystified as to why so few other people produced great wines in this famed appellation.This is Domaine de Chevalier at its very best with a freshly crisp, spiced fruit character, wonderful purity of fruit and unobtrusive tannins supported by vibrance and harmony. This is undoubtedly one of the wines of the vintage.
With over 60% Cabernet Sauvignon in the assemblage, the impressive 2003 Domaine de Chevalier stood out in the Pessac-Léognan tastings. Pure aromatic notes of red fruits intermingled with cinnamon and spice. The palate exudes a ripe berry core with swirls of cream – reminiscent of a summer fruit coulis with a drizzle of crème anglaise running through it. Typically elegant, indeed a model of balance, and a wine for the mid-term.
Elegant and concentrated, this wine offers the finesse and structure of the Grand Vin without the accompanying price tag. The nose is perfumed and bursting with notes of plums, cassis, black currants and peppery spice. With five years ageing already under its belt this is a wine which is almost ready for drinking, but will keep and develop for at least another eight years.
Jean-Philippe Delmas explained that 69% of production at La Mission made the grade to the grand vin in 2004 compared to 60% in 2003. Super-rich, spicy fruit on the nose and with a wealth of succulent, black fruit flavours. Pessac-léognan’s classic mineralité courses through its veins. Very inviting and made in the natural, unforced style. Dry but ripe, this is fine bordeaux from a famous property that is under the same ownership as its neighbour Haut-Brion. An assemblage of 55% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc.
The fragrance of Chevalier is of ripe summer fruits with gentle creamy nuances. The palate is poised and suave with a finely-expressed, freshly crushed berry character allied to minerality. Tannins are silky yet firm and the textural expression most impressive. Absolutely lovely and surely the finest Chevalier for many years.
The second wine of Haut-Brion comprises 45% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon. Dark berry on the nose, bolder than La Chapelle. The palate offers a fine weight of mulberry and currant fruit, velvety in texture with a gentle tannic grip. Far more volume here than one often associates with Bahans. Vibrant, with good density, there are already some leafy, undergrowth notes of complexity. A very good effort indeed.
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