The Wine Cellar Insider http://www.thewinecellarinsider.com Bordeaux Wine Guide, Wine Blog, Wine Tasting Notes, Wine Reviews, Wine Food Pairings, Winery Profiles, Buying tips, Images Sat, 26 Jul 2014 23:14:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9 2013 Bordeaux Wine Buying Guide With Tasting Notes on 400 Wines http://www.thewinecellarinsider.com/2014/06/2013-bordeaux-wine-buying-guide-tasting-notes-400-wines/ http://www.thewinecellarinsider.com/2014/06/2013-bordeaux-wine-buying-guide-tasting-notes-400-wines/#comments Thu, 05 Jun 2014 14:00:34 +0000 http://www.thewinecellarinsider.com/?p=35477 This post first appeared in The Wine Cellar Insider

Complete overview of the best 2013 Bordeaux wines with comments on the campaign and tasting notes for hundreds of wines from every appellation and price point.

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2013 Bordeaux is not the vintage of the century. The growing season, with its cold, damp character made sure of that. 30, 40 or 50 years ago, a year the quality of 2013 Bordeaux would have been a complete disaster.

But that is not what took place with 2013 Bordeaux. With the willingness to sacrifice quantity for quality, the best producers, with the financial ability to do what needed to be done made some fine wine. 2013 Bordeaux is not an exciting, sexy vintage. But having tasted close to 400 different 2013 Bordeaux wines, clearly, there are some nice wines worth drinking.

So, what’s the problem? When it comes to the wine, none. The average scores from the majority of wine writers and critics show the wines at an average of 89/90 Pts for perhaps the top 100 – 200 wines. Clearly, those are the not the scores for a bad vintage.

To get a good idea on all the best 2013 Bordeaux wines, click on any of the following links for an overview on an appellation by appellation basis. The wines were all tasted in Bordeaux in April, 2014.

2013 St. Estephe Wine
2013 Pauillac Wine
2013 St. Julien Wine
2013 Margaux Wine
2013 Pessac Leognan Wine
2013 Haut Medoc Wine
2013 St. Emilion Wine
2013 Pomerol Wine
2013 Bordeaux Petit Chateau Satellite Appellation Wines
2013 Sauternes and Barsac wine

Had the wines been priced in proportion to consumer demand, while 2013 Bordeaux was never going to be an easy sell, it would not have been an impossible sale. I am all for the open, free market when it comes to pricing. Producers can and should price their wine for what they think the market will bear. But 2013 Bordeaux wines remain unsold. Selling the wines to a negociant is not selling the wine. Merchants need to buy and consumers need to purchase as well for it to be a true sale. For some odd reason, in the great vintages, Bordeaux has a knack for pricing the wines correctly. They might seem expensive to mature collectors that are used to paying lower prices, but for the next generation of wine lovers, the wines seem fairly priced.

I get it. On the one hand, due to the excessive unflattering and at times, unfair press, 2013 Bordeaux was never going to receive a warm reception in the marketplace. Perhaps the price the market was actually willing to pay was unappetizing to the chateau owners. But it would have been nice to see an effort. It is difficult for 2013 Bordeaux to sell through to consumers when others recent, and more successful vintages are available in the market for less money.

On the other hand, there is always another vintage. While some bloggers, the press and wine consumers shout that Bordeaux is ruined for life, to paraphrase Mark Twain, the news about the premature death of Bordeaux has been greatly exaggerated.

You can take this to the bank. The next great vintage that is at the level of quality seen in years like 2000, 2005 or 2009, will make the prices we complained about with 2010 seem like the good old days when Bordeaux was still affordable. Something else you can count on. Bordeaux wine will continue gaining in popularity and sadly price as the wines improve and the customer base expands. Regardless of the increase of quality in the wine, if producers want to see successful futures campaigns take place, consumers need to be rewarded for their risk and faith. That means they want to see prices increase from the price point they paid by a reasonable amount.

In today’s world, futures buyers need to receive at least 20% return on their investment over the 2 year period for buying en primeur. If there is no reward for the risk, where is the incentive for buying early? If prices remain stable, which is fine, buyers should just wait and purchase the wines on release. Prior to the 1982 vintage and Robert Parker, there was no compelling reason for consumers to purchase en primeur. Perhaps a return to buying on release is where the market is headed over the next several years. If that happened, the focus of all the reports and the marketplace would return to the wine, instead of the price.

Speaking of returning to a focus on the wines. the style of the 2013 Bordeaux vintage is on the classic side. The wines are not for long term aging. The majority of the wines will be drinkable on, or close to release. Across the board, they are on the fresh, low alcohol, red berry side of the style range. There are some wine lovers that will prefer the style of 2013 Bordeaux, over more the widely heralded recent vintages like 2009 and 2010, due to its low alcohol, approachability and focus on freshness.

There are producers in every major appellation that made better wine than their peers, and perforce, chateaux that under performed, just like in every year. St. Julien is the most consistent appellation. However, in a year that clearly favored Cabernet Sauvignon, it’s interesting to note that the best 2013 Bordeaux wines came from Pomerol and St. Emilion. 2013 Sauternes produced exceptional wine. 2013 Bordeaux was also very strong for the dry white Bordeaux wines. But keep in mind, 2011 Bordeaux, also produced from a difficult vintage turned out much better in bottle than expected. Having tasted a few 2012 Bordeaux in bottle recently, you can expect some good surprises when those wines hit the store. Perhaps 2013 Bordeaux will also turn out better than expected. It will be interesting to see how the wines develop.

If you want to read detailed interviews on the 2013 Bordeaux vintage and harvest from the top Bordeaux chateaux 2013 Bordeaux Vintage Articles, Interviews, Images

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Philippe Cambie on 2013 Chateauneuf Southern Rhone Vintage and Harvest http://www.thewinecellarinsider.com/2014/05/philippe-cambie-on-2013-chateauneuf-southern-rhone-vintage-and-harvest/ http://www.thewinecellarinsider.com/2014/05/philippe-cambie-on-2013-chateauneuf-southern-rhone-vintage-and-harvest/#comments Thu, 22 May 2014 16:21:05 +0000 http://www.thewinecellarinsider.com/?p=35196 This post first appeared in The Wine Cellar Insider

Philippe Cambie discusses in detail, the 2013 Chateauneuf du Pape and Southern Rhone vintage, growing season, the harvest and the wines.

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Phlippe Cambie Chateauneuf du Pape

You remember the phrase Bo knows Football? Or was that Baseball? Well, Philippe Cambie knows Chateauneuf du Pape. It’s difficult to disagree with that statement. Philippe Cambie works with more growers and producers in the Southern Rhone Valley than any other consultant. He is involved in the vineyards and the cellars. Similar to what happens when EF Hutton speaks, when Philippe Cambie discusses the 2013 Chateauneuf du Pape vintage, everyone listens.

The 2013 Chateauneuf du Pape vintage is year that will be marked by its late maturity. That late maturity took place in vineyards throughout the Southern Rhone Valley. This is similar to what took place in previous vintages like 1970 and 1980.

The 2013 vintage in Chateauneuf du Pape experienced similar weather patterns that affected much of Europe. The year can be easily characterized by its very low yields and relatively atypical equilibria, where fresh fruit and freshness replace power.

In the 2013 Chateauneuf du Pape vintage, the spring was one of the coldest and wettest in recent years. To give an example, there were periods that averaged 1 degree Celsius and only 4.4 Celsius for the maximum temperatures during the months of April, and May. The 2013 Chateauneuf du Pape growing season was not just cold, it was also wet. For example, for the months of April, May and June, the Southern Rhone experienced 217 millimeters of rain. In 2012 during the same period, it rained 165 millimeters. 2011 was quite dry with only 17 millimeters and in 2010, the area received 107 millimeters of rain. Due to the combination of cool weather and damp air, this slowed down the vine growth causes high flowering in the Grenache. Grenache is naturally sensitive to this phenomenon which prevails in the encépagement in the Rhone Valley, especially with the old vine Greanche grapes.

The 2013 Chateauneuf du Pape vintage experienced an ideally placed storm at the end of a particularly hot July. The summer of 2013 brought good weather. But it was insufficient to help catch up from the spring weather. Because of these weather patterns, the 2013 Chateauneuf du Pape vintage was later. This broke the pattern of precocity experienced in recent years. Something else to consider, 2013 Chateauneuf du Pape, is a vintage that produced extremely low yields. Chateauneuf du Pape was not the only region with low yields, Bordeaux and most European wine growing areas all experienced low yields.

The 2013 Chateauneuf du Pape harvest was long. It started during the second half of September and was not completed until early November. The harvest was spread over a long period of time as you can see, taking place in the first days of September for the young vines. Many estates waited until the end of October for old vines.

The 2013 Chateauneuf du Pape vintage will also be known for its lateness. The vintage was three weeks later than what we have seen over the last decade, which marked a return to the types of harvest dates winemakers experienced much of the time during the 70s.

The vinification for 2013 was conducted quickly, paving the way for red wines with a balance reminiscent of wines from the mid-80s. The style of 2013 Chateauneuf du Pape wines show good acidity and moderate alcohol levels in the Grenache. The wines display a good balance in the mouth due to the natural vivacity of the 2013 Chateauneuf du Pape vintage.

The Syrah and Mourvedre are more powerful than the Grenache. They have deeper colors and will produce more concentrated wines. These two grape varieties, Syrah and Mourvedre were not susceptible to sagging. Yields were also higher for the Syrah and Mourvedre.

The white 2013 Chateauneuf du Pape wines deliver a nice aromatic freshness with citrus, white flowers and exotic fruits. By their physico- chemical equilibria, they show a beautiful potential. Similar to what took place with the Grenache based red wines, Grenache Blanc was also low in yields. This will allow the Roussanne and Clairette to shine with all their aromatic potential.

For me, the best wines of the vintage comes from Nimes, Lirac, Tavel and Gigondas. Vineyards in those appellations produced some very nice wines combining fruit with power.

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Jaboulet and La Lagune Combine Grapes Create New Bordeaux Rhone Wine http://www.thewinecellarinsider.com/2014/05/jaboulet-la-lagune-combine-grape-sources-create-new-wine/ http://www.thewinecellarinsider.com/2014/05/jaboulet-la-lagune-combine-grape-sources-create-new-wine/#comments Tue, 20 May 2014 17:31:24 +0000 http://www.thewinecellarinsider.com/?p=35172 This post first appeared in The Wine Cellar Insider

Caroline Frey of Chateau La Lagune and Paul Jaboulet Aine is producing a new wine combining grapes from the Rhone Valley and Bordeaux.

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Caroline Frey La Lagune

Starting with the 2010 vintage, Caroline Frey, the young, dynamic owner of multiple prestigious estates began producing a new wine made from grapes grown at Chateau La Lagune in the Haut Medoc appellation and from her Domaine Paul Jaboulet Aine vineyards in the Hermitage appellation of the Northern Rhone Valley. The wine will be sold under the name of Evidence.

As reported on Wine-Searcher on 20 May 2014 Bordeaux Rhone Blend Revived The article also offers exclusive quotes from Caroline Frey on the new wine.

The grapes used for the blend are an equal combination of vineyard sources with 50% of the fruit coming from Bordeaux blended with the remaining 50% from Hermitage. The blend of Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon duplicates a practice that was quite common in the 16th, 17th, 18th and even in the early part of the 19th century when merchants had the option of purchasing Bordeaux wine with the addition of Syrah added to the blend. The Syrah was added to give the wine more color, backbone and structure.

Evidence is not going to be a blend of Jaboulet La Chapelle and Chateau La Lagune. The grapes come from lots that would have been used to produce Jaboulet Thalabert Crozes Hermitage and Le Moulin de Lagune, the second wine of Chateau La Lagune. Interestingly, the fruit will not be co-fermented. Instead, the grapes will be vinified and barrel aged for 12 months at their respective sources. Following 12 months of barrel aging, the wine will be blended at Jaboulet in the Northern Rhone Valley for an additional 18 months. The final barrel aging took place in 15% new, French oak, which explains why the 2010 Evidence is such a late release.

Evidence is not the only Bordeaux wine currently being produced that blends in a bit of Syrah. In 2004, Chateau Palmer introduced their 19th Century Historic Blend. The Palmer 19th Century Historic Blend features fruit from their Margaux vines blended with about 15% Syrah. Since the debut vintage. The wine has had subsequent releases in 2006, 2007 and 2010. In Pomerol, Chateau Bon Pasteur, the Michel and Dany Rolland property made a one off wine that blended 50% Syrah with 50% Merlot that was made in small quantities in magnums and was sold for charity. A total of 50 magnums were produced.

Interestingly, this is also not the first time Caroline Frey has produced a wine blending Syrah with Bordeaux varieties. In 2006 Caroline Frey created the first vintage of Duo. Duo was aptly named as it was produced combining fruit from both her flagship properties, Chateau La Lagune in the Left Bank and Jaboulet La Chapelle in Hermitage. Since 2006, Duo has been produced in every vintage except 2008, as Jaboulet La Chapelle was not produced in that vintage.

Due to labeling laws, the Evidence wine will be sold as a generic Vin de France wine. Vin de France is the lowest level of classification in France. Wines sold under the designation of Vin de France do not list the region of origin or appellation for the vineyards, the vintage or the grape varieties. It is sold as simply a wine from France. This is the same designation for all the Bordeaux, Rhone blended wines that have been produced.

As reported on Wine-Searcher on 20 May 2014 Bordeaux Rhone Blend Revived The article also offers exclusive quotes from Caroline Frey on the new wine.

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Sylvie Cazes of Lynch Bages buys Chateau Chauvin in St. Emilion http://www.thewinecellarinsider.com/2014/05/sylvie-cazes-lynch-bages-buys-chateau-chauvin-st-emilion/ http://www.thewinecellarinsider.com/2014/05/sylvie-cazes-lynch-bages-buys-chateau-chauvin-st-emilion/#comments Fri, 02 May 2014 22:40:35 +0000 http://www.thewinecellarinsider.com/?p=34930 This post first appeared in The Wine Cellar Insider

Sylvie Cazes of Chateau Lynch Bages buys Chateau Chauvin in St. Emilion, her first foray into the Right Bank

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Sylvie-Cazes

With the purchase of Chateau Chauvin, Sylvie Cazes buys her first vineyard in the Right Bank. According to Sylvie Cazes, the St. Emilion property was purchased for her family, which includes her three children, Pierre Regimbeau, Francois Regimbeau and Julie Regimbeau.

If the name Sylvie Cazes seems familiar, that is because Sylvie is also a part owner of her families’ famous estate in Pauillac, Chateau Lynch Bages along with Jean Michel Cazes, Jean Charles Cazes ad other family members. As an owner, Sylvie Cazes brings with her a wealth of experience. She was previously the director of Chateau Pichon Lalande, the president of the UGC, (Union of Grand Cru Bordeaux) and she has been active with the Bordeaux City Council. Sylvie Cazes was also a member of the committee that created and developed the Bordeaux Wine Cultural Center.

Chateau Chauvin is a well-known and respected, consistent producer of St. Emilion wine. The 15 hectare vineyard is located not too far from the border of the Pomerol appellation. It is close to Chateau Cheval Blanc and Chateau La Dominique. Prior to the sale, Chateau Chauvin had been the property of the Ondet family. The Ondet family, which was headed by Vincent Ondet at the time of the original purchase bought the property all the way back in 1891. The estate has remained in the same familiy hands since 1891.

Along with her three children, Sylvie Cazes is bringing in her own team to help manage and improve the wines at Chateau Chauvin. The team is headed by Philippe Moureau. Philipe Moreau and Sylvie Cazes last worked together at Chateau de Pez in St. Estephe and Chateau Pichon Lalande.

Chateau Chauvin is a popular St. Emilion estate that is well-known by consumers for producing consistently nice wines with character, that continue to sell for a fair price.

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2013 Bordeaux Petit Chateau Satellite Appellation Tasting Notes http://www.thewinecellarinsider.com/2014/05/2013-bordeaux-petit-chateau-satellite-appellation-tasting-notes/ http://www.thewinecellarinsider.com/2014/05/2013-bordeaux-petit-chateau-satellite-appellation-tasting-notes/#comments Thu, 01 May 2014 18:08:26 +0000 http://www.thewinecellarinsider.com/?p=34903 This post first appeared in The Wine Cellar Insider

While the most expensive, glamorous, famous wines and wineries of Bordeaux get most of the press, ome of the real stars of Bordeaux are the numerous, petit chateau and producers in the Cotes and satellite appellations.

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Bordeaux wine bottles 2013

While the most expensive, glamorous and famous wines and wineries of Bordeaux get most of the press and attention, some of the real stars of Bordeaux are the numerous, 2013 petit chateau, 2013 Bordeaux Superieur wines from the smaller terroirs. The wines from the 2013 satellite appellations in the Right Bank, the 2013 Cotes de Bordeaux appellations and 2013 Bordeaux Superieur wines can offer great value, coupled with good quality and style. Plus they are often produced in large quantities, making them easy to find.

However in difficult vintages like 2013 Bordeaux, their terroir makes it difficult to cope with the extremely challenging conditions. Adding insult to injury, numerous vineyards in Cotes de Castillon and Entre deux Mers were devastated by severe hail storms. Making matters worse, the famous estates most of us focus on have the ability and market conditions to raise and lower prices, depending on the perceived level of demand for their wine. That is not possible for the petit chateau and wines from the satellite appellations. Those producers can only charge so much money in the great vintages and in the difficult years, they can easily lose money if the prices for their wine takes that much of a drop.

2013 Bordeaux was not an easy vintage for the petit chateau growers. The yields were low and of course, the amount of wine they were able to produce was quite small. All that being said, some of the better petit chateau and producers in the satellite appellations were able to create some nice, early drinking wines, especially for the vintage. They are not worth buying as futures. But some of these, early drinking, well priced, charming wines could be worth taking a look at, when they are released in bottle.

2013 – 20 Mille – Produced from 100% Merlot, the wine is all about the open, black cherry and espresso personality, plush textures, and forward, chocolate character. 87-89 Pts

2013 d’Aiguilhe – Smoky cherries, licorice and espresso bean with truffle create the aromas. On the palate, the wine shows ripeness and polish for the vintage, ending with a blast of plum and minerality that carries through. From a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.5% alcohol. The yields were 10 hectoliters per hectare. The wine is aging in 40% new oak. 89-91 Pts

2013 d’Aiguilhe Querre – Medium bodied, with a simple, black raspberry character, this easy drinking wine should be consumed in its youth. 84-85 Pts

2013 Alcee – Not produced in 2013.

2013 Bad Boy – Flowers, licorice, sweet plum, and cocoa flavors are found from start to finish in this likable, forward wine. 86-88 Pts

2013 Balthus – Dark ruby in color, especially for the vintage, the wine is all about the spicy black raspberry and floral notes, medium body, oak and spicy, dark red berry character. 88-89 Pts

2013 Bolaire – Easy drinking, spicy and open, this delivers a shot of boysenberry in the finish. This unique wine is produced with the highest percentage of Petit Verdot in Bordeaux at 53%, with the remainder of the blend coming from 40% Merlot, and 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine reached 13%.

2013 du Bouscat Caduce – From 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Malbec, and 5% Cabernet Franc. Sweet, open, easy to drink raspberry and cherry filled quaffer that offers a lot of value for the money. 83-85 Pts

2013 du Bouscat La Gargone – With loads of spicy, dark berries and espresso bean, the wine is tannic, with some flesh, but there is a dry, oaky sensation in the finish. From low yields of 12 hectoliters per hectare, the wine is aging in 100% new French oak. 84-86 Pts

2013 du Bouscat Les Portes de l’Am – Deep in color, with a lot of richness for the vintage, dark fruit, chocolate and coffee bean are the first thing you notice before moving on to the fresh, black raspberry dominated finish. With a tannic backbone, this should be better after a few years of aging. From an interesting blend of 40% Malbec, 35% Merlot, and 25% Cabernet Franc, the wine was produced from yields of just 10 hectoliters per hectare and is aging in 100% new, French oak. 86-89 Pts

2013 Cap de Faugeres – Licorice, strawberry and plum, medium bodied, produced in a light style will provide nice drinking at a good price on release. 86-88 Pts

2013 Clarisse – Good volume, sweet berries, plush textures and a fresh, dark berry finish make this one of the top value Bordeaux wines in this vintage. From a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, the wine, produced from yields of 15 hectoliters per hectare and is aging in 50% new, French oak. 86-88 Pts

2013 Clos Lunelles – Wet earth, leaf and spicy cherry flavors are concentrated for the vintage. The wine will need a few years to soften before its minty, red berries are fully mature. 88-90 Pts

2013 Croix de Justice – With boysenberry, chocolate, sweet cherries, good flesh, length and flavor in the finish, the wine was made from an even split of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. 88-90 Pts

2013 Croix Mouton – With sweet black cherries, a forward personality, and a hint of chocolate in the finish. From a blend of 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.4% alcohol. This remains a serious contender the most consistent, value Bordeaux wine produced. 84-85 Pts

2013 Le Conseiller – From 100% old vine Merlot, hints of licorice, earth and red fruit poke through the nose. Medium bodied, with light fresh cherries in the finish, this is forward, approachable and a fine value. 85-87 Pts

2013 Domaine de Courteillac – Simple, light, correct, red berries and an easy going finish that requires early drinking. 85-86 Pts

2013 La Dauphine – Fresh herbs, fennel and red berries, soft and round in texture, the wine exchanges depth for an ease of drinkability. 86-88 Pts

2013 Dalem – Soft, easy going, open and already drinkable, with its fresh, light red berry character. 86-88 Pts

2013 Domaine de Cambes – Spicy red cherries, hints of fennel and plum in the forward finish. 86-88 Pts

2013 de-Francs Les Cerisiers – Smoky, soft, mineral and red plum in character, the finish is sweet and tart, with its red berries. 85-88 Pts

2013 Fontenil – Black raspberry, flowers, fennel and oak in character, the dark chocolate and cherry dominated wine is easy to like and even easier to drink. 87-89 Pts

2013 G Guinaudeau – Forward, fresh, soft cherries and raspberries in a user friendly, easy to like and drink style. 88-89 Pts

2013 Gigault Cuvee Viva – Simple, medium bodied, red berry dominated wine with a fresh finish. 84-86 Pts

2013 Grand Village – Herbs and kirsch scents, fresh, light red berries on the palate create a soft, forward wine that will drink well on release. 87-89 Pts

2013 Grand Village Blanc – 54% Semillon and 46% Sauvignon Blanc created a wine grapefruit, honeydew melon and orange character with fresh grapefruit and citrus finish. 89 Pts

2013 Haut Carles – With some depth of color for the vintage, the cherry griotte, licorice and oaky, round, medium bodied wine ends with black raspberry, oak and cherry. 88-90 Pts

2013 Hostens Picant – Citrus and tangy red berries in the nose, light and easy going, with an approachable, fresh, light cherry finish. From a blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc. 83-85 Pts

2013 l’Isle Fort – Blending 50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine is approachable with a sweet, black cherry sensation with hints of bitter chocolate. 84-86 Pts

2013 Jean Faux – Using 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, the wine is soft, with a polish to the texture, finishing with sweet and tart red berries in the end note. 84-86 Pts

2013 Joanin Becot – Floral and black raspberry and coffee bean nose, medium bodied with an open easy to drink, soft and sweet personality. From yields of 25 hectoliters per hectare, the wine was produced from a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. The wine reached 13% alcohol and is aging in 50% new oak. 87-89 Pts

2013 l’Aurage – Not made in 2013

2013 Marjosse – Was not made in 2013, due to severe damage from hail.

2013 Marjosse Blanc – Grapefruit, lemon and lime, refreshing, lively and fun to drink. This well-priced Bordeaux Blanc is a perfect summer white wine for easy drinking. 87 Pts

2013 Montlandrie – Oak and spicy plums, dark chocolate and red fruits combine to make a forward, fresh, medium bodied wine that will be open on release. From a blend of 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. 86-88 Pts

2013 Moulin Haut Laroque – Spicy, with coffee bean, vanilla and plum in the nose, the wine shows some oak in its black and plum, round finish. 85-87 Pts

2013 Moulin Pey Labrie – Earth and herbs on the nose, with citrus and cherries, drink this on the young side. 83-85 Pts

2013 Le Pin Beausoleil – With a blend of 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, from start to finish, there is a nice sensation of fresh, spicy cherries and polished textures with dark chocolate. Drink this easy to like wine on the young side. 86-88 Pts

2013 La Prade – Not made in 2013

2013 Puygueraud- Using 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Malbec, the light colored wine serves up fresh raspberry and spearmint, in a ready to drink, forward, red fruited, fresh style. 84-86 Pts

2013 Puygueraud Blanc – Made from 55% Sauvignon Gris and 45% Sauvignon Blanc, this represents the highest percentage of Sauvignon Gris used in Bordeaux. From a 4 hectare parcel of vines planted in 1997, this is the debut vintage. Dominated by grapefruit and lemon peel, the feels lower in acidity, due to the quantity of Sauvignon Gris, however, that is not case as the wine has a pH of 3.1. 86 Pts

2013 Reignac – Herbs, licorice, cherry and citrus accents are coupled with an oaky personality to produce a wine that should be enjoyed in its youth. 86-88 Pts

2013 Roc de Cambes – Wild, candied red berries served in an open style, with a blast of cherry in the finish. This will drink well and offer pleasure early. 87-89 Pts

2013 La Riviere – Oak, earth and dark cherries move to a soft, accessible, oaky, red berry finish that will offer pleasure on release. 86-88 Pts

2013 La Roncheraie – With a nose of coffee beans, chocolate, fennel and black cherry, the wine is round, full of flavor, easy to like and offers a plush charm for the vintage. Made from 100% Merlot, the wine reached 13.8% alcohol. This is going to be hard to find as close to 175 cases is all that was produced. 87-89 Pts

2013 Roncheraie Le Paradoxe – From tiny yields of just 11 hectoliters per hectare, the wine shows good flesh to its fresh, black raspberry and cocoa character. Produced from a blend of 90% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 135% alcohol and is aging in 50% new oak. 86-88 Pts

2013 Soleil – Medium bodied with a nice, plummy character, this will be drinkable on release. 84-86 Pts

2013 Soleil Le Rival – Dominated by 95% Merlot, with an earth, plum and fennel personality, this round, open wine is ready for easy going, prime time drinking on release. 87-88 Pts

2013 Thenac – A new project consulted by Denis Durantou of L’Eglise Clinet, the aromas pop with vanilla, black raspberry and forest floor scents. There is good fruit here, with some depth, but the peppery, red berry finish feels dry in the end notes. 86-88 Pts

2013 La Vieille Cure – Licorice, mocha and black raspberries and oak are open and already easy to drink. This will be best in its youth. 87-89 Pts

2013 Virginie Thunevin – Offering pleasure early, the wine delivers a nice dose of cherry and black raspberry on the mid palate. 84-86 Pts

2013 Vrai Canon Bouche – Blending 55% Merlot and 45% , the wine reached 13.5% alcohol. The wine is aging in 50% new, French oak. With floral and dark cherry scents, the wine is round, soft and delivers a plush blast of plum and chocolate on the palate. 87-89 Pts

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2013 St. Emilion is not big, bold, concentrated, opulent and bursting at the seams with ripe, ostentatious fruits like you would find in 2009 or 2010. 2013 St. Emilion wines are at their best are quiet, bright, cherry filled and refined in their early drinking character.

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2013-St.-Emilion

St. Emilion has its fans and its detractors. Count me in as one of the fans. 2013 St. Emilion is not big, bold, concentrated, opulent and bursting at the seams with ripe, ostentatious fruits like you would find in 2009 or 2010. 2013 St. Emilion wines are at their best, the product of low yields and severe selection. This helped produce, quiet, bright, cherry filled and refined wines in their early drinking character. I bring this up because there are numerous tasters, writers and good friends of mine that are not happy with the styling’s and character experienced in numerous St. Emilion wines from 2009 and 2010. Those tasters wishing for a vintage where the producer took their foot off the gas will like many of these wines.

2013 St. Emilion is a vintage that required a light touch during the vinification and demands the same during the aging period. That is exactly what several producers did as there are some very strong wines in this vintage. On the other side of the 2013 St. Emilion coin, clearly there are wines that were made with a heavy hand. Those wines are dry and often woody. They were not fun to taste in their youth, and I doubt they will offer more pleasure when they reach maturity.

For a summary and overview of the 2013 Bordeaux Campaign so far… 2013 Bordeaux Vintage and Futures Campaign Summary

2013 St. Emilion will be remembered for more than its wines. Sadly, at the start of the tastings, Christine Valette of Troplong Mondot passed away. Better memories were made with the opening of two, completely, renovated chateau and the debut of an exciting new, Right Bank wine, Chateau Poesia, from Helene Garcin Leveque produced its debut vintage. Chateau Angelus with its completely modernized, from to bottom look and Chateau La Dominique with its bright, red, reflecting, mirrored wall and staircase which can been seen for miles were both proudly showing off their new styling’s.

 2013 La Dominique St. Emilion

Almost every 2013 St. Emilion wine has been priced as of today. Knowing the intense difficulties the estates endured during the growing season, numerous chateau worked harder than ever to produce the best wine possible, as evidenced by my tasting notes. Sadly, I wish more chateaux had worked equally hard on understanding the true current market conditions and demand for their wine. At the end of the day, the 2013 St. Emilion wines priced above the real market demand will languish and eventually become discounted before selling through. The 2013 St. Emilion wines priced at the level the market is willing to pay will find new fans and a place on restaurant wine lists.

OK, off the soap box and on to the 2013 St. Emilion wines…

2013 Adaugusta – Light in color and medium bodied with a light cherry core, this wine should be consumed young. 84-86 Pts

2013 Angelus – From a blend of 62% Merlot and 38% Cabernet Franc, truffle, chocolate-covered cherry, earth and spice box aromas are coupled with soft, silky tannins and a medium-bodied finish filled with silky, dark red berries and cocoa. From yields of 28 hectares per hectare, the Grand Vin was produced from 65% of the harvest. The wine reached 13.1% alcohol. According to Hubert de Bouard, it is the best Burgundy they have ever made. 91-93 Pts

 2013 Angelus St. Emilion

2013 Les Asteries – From 83% Merlot and 17% Merlot, the wine reached 12.8% alcohol with a pH of 3.49. Minerally, floral and black cherry aromatics move quickly to a stone-driven, black raspberry layer of fruit and stone. 88-90 Pts

2013 Ausone – Deep garnet in color with crushed rock, black raspberry liqueur and flowers on the nose. Sweet, luxurious, sensuous and velvety, this wine pleases the palate with a burst of ripe plums. The oak is completely integrated. Finally, an Ausone that does not demand decades to come around! With a blend of 55% Cabernet Franc and 45% Merlot, the yields were only 22 hectoliters per hectare. The wine is aging in 85% new French oak. The Grand Vin represents 67% percent of the harvest. 93-95 Pts

2013 Chapelle d’Ausone – With crushed stone and black raspberry on the nose, this petite and pretty wine showcases finesse, freshness and delicate, ripe cherries. Blending 60% Cabernet Franc, 25% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine is aging in 85% new French oak. 88-90 Pts

 2013 Ausone St. Emilion

2013 Balestard La Tonnelle – With licorice, black cherry and cocoa, this soft, early-drinking, medium-bodied wine has minerality and an open red berry finish. 88-90 Pts

2013 Barde Haut – With fresh herbs and polished black cherries, this round, forward and fresh wine leaves you with dusty tannins in the finish. From a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13% alcohol with a pH of 3.45. 89-91 Pts

2013 Beau-Sejour Becot – Deep ruby in color with a nose of licorice, espresso, clay and black raspberry, the wine is medium bodied with an accessible, soft personality. The wine is fresh, spicy and finishes with sweet black cherries. From a blend 73% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Franc and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine reached 14% alcohol, and yields were 27 hectoliters per hectare. 90-92 Pts

2013 Beausejour Duffau-Lagarrosse – The silky fruit borders on opulent with its layers of sweetness and polish. There is a real sense of purity in the fruit from start to finish. This would be a strong wine for most chateaux in any vintage, but it’s a miracle in 2013. From yields of 25.75 hectoliters per hectare, the Grand Vin represents 43% of the harvest. Blending 88% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Franc, the fresh wine is aging 50% new French oak. 93-94 Pts

2013 Bel-Air-Ouy – Light in color with an oaky, floral and spicy berry character, this will show best on release. 84-86 Pts

2013 Belair-Monange – Spice, earth and red fruits lead to supple tannins and a soft, spicy black raspberry finish. Forward in style, this will be fun to taste young. 91-93 Pts

2013 Bellefont-Belcier – Medium bodied, soft and fresh, this wine shows sweet cherries and espresso, more volume, flesh and complexity than the 2012. From a blend of 77% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, and 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine reached 13.5% alcohol and is aging in 80% new, French oak. 88-90 Pts

2013 Bellevue – Using 100% Merlot, there is an earthy smoke, licorice and black cherry quality to this forward-styled, medium-bodied, open wine. 89-91 Pts

2013 Bellevue Mondotte – One of the deepest colored wines of the vintage, with notes of licorice, espresso, black cherry and toast, the wine has a polished texture in its tannic black and blue fruit finish. Produced from miniscule yields of only 9 hectoliters per hectare, this is a very strong wine for the vintage. The wine is aging in 100% new French new oak. 93-94Pts

2013 Berliquet – 74% Merlot and 26% Cabernet Franc produced a wine with mineral, oak, coffee and sweet cherry notes. Medium bodied, soft and forward, the finish is bright and spicy. 86-88 Pts

2013 Cadet Bon – With fresh red berries and fennel, this medium-bodied, forward wine finishes with red plum and cherries. 85-88 Pts

2013 Canon – With a hint of oak, flowers and dark cherries, the wine is medium bodied, sweet, soft and forward in style with a light, fresh red berry and spice finish. Using 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Franc for the blend, the wine reached 13% alcohol. The Grand Vin represents 53.6% of the production. The wine is aging in 70% new, french oak. 89-91 Pts

2013 Croix Canon – With light, fresh red fruits and spice, this easy-to-drink wine is perfect for restaurants. 85-88 Pts

2013 Canon La Gaffeliere – Chocolate-covered plum, brioche, espresso and black cherry scents get your attention. Medium bodied and soft, but lacking the depth of flavor that comes from Cabernet Franc in the blend, the wine will deliver pleasure early in life. Blending 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine reached 12.9% alcohol with a pH of 3.6. The yields were 10 hectoliters per hectare, which is the lowest yields since they declassified the wine in 1991. The wine is aging in 70% new oak. 90-92 Pts

2013 Cap de Mourlin – This nose is tight and requires coaxing to find its aromatics, while the palate delivers spicy red berries and cherries, medium body and a light style. 85-88 Pts

2013 Le Carre – Smoky black cherries, coffee bean and licorice segue into an abundant helping of bright fruit and a saline, cherry finish. From a blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.4% alcohol and pH of 3.64. 88-90 Pts

2013 Le Chatelet – Light in color with a light, bright—almost transparent—level of red fruit. 82-84 Pts

2013 Cheval Blanc – Ruby in color with flowers, licorice and sweet, fresh red and black plums, the wine is the essence of silky elegance with its soft, polished textures. Lacking the density found in the best vintages, the fruit is pure, clean, sweet and fresh, leaving you with an impression of ripe, clean red fruits. Blending 53% Cabernet Franc and 47% Merlot, the yields were 19 hectoliters per hectare. The wine reached 12.85% alcohol with 3.7 pH. 60% of the harvest was placed into the Grand Vin. 92-95 Pts

 2013 Cheval Blanc St. Emilion

2013 Le Petit Cheval – Blending 79% Merlot with 21% Cabernet Franc produced a light, ruby-colored wine with a cherry blossom character complicated by fresh herbs. Soft, bright and already open for pleasure, the finish is spicy and fresh. 86-88 Pts

2013 Chauvin – Pleasant and easy to drink, this lighter styled wine will offer its cherry and spice profile on release. 87-89 Pts

2013 Clos Badon Thunevin – From 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.5% alcohol and offers notes of vanilla bean and dark cherry, an open personality and a sweet, tart and plummy finish. 88-89 Pts

2013 Clos des Baies – Made and owned by Philippe Baillarguet, the cellar master of Chateau Ausone, this blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc delivers a sweet mouthful of spicy, fresh black raspberries and earth. This is the first time I’ve tasted this wine. It was a pleasant surprise, especially when you consider the vintage. 87-89 Pts

2013 Clos de Sarpe – Crushed rocks, flowers, licorice and kirsch liqueur aromas get you going. Intensive mineral sensations with fresh, juicy plums leave a long, rich impression on our palate. This would be a success in any vintage, but it’s a real accomplishment in this difficult vintage. From yields of only 8 hectoliters per hectare, this blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc reached almost 15% alcohol. If prices are fair, this is worth taking a look at, especially on release. 92-94 Pts

2013 Clos Dubreuil – Jammy black raspberry, cocoa, licorice, vanilla and earth lead to a medium-bodied, round-textured wine with juicy plum and cherry notes in the finish. Blending 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13% alcohol. From low yields of 25 hectoliters per hectare, 58% of the harvest was placed into the Grand Vin. 89-91 Pts

2013 Dubreuil Chardonnay – Debut vintage of this 100% Chardonnay. From the team at Clos Dubreuil, the wine pops with lemon, orange and grapefruit aromas. Zippy, but a bit short in the citrus finish. Only 50 cases were produced. Over time, the production will increase to 500 cases. 83-85 Pts

2013 Clos des Jacobins – With floral and plum notes in the nose, there is a softness in the mouth, finishing with black raspberries and some dryness in the finish. 86-88 Pts

2013 Clos Fourtet – Long, silky and lush with ripe fruit, licorice and minerality, the black cherry and fennel flavors carry through from start to finish. From 87% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine reached 13.1% alcohol, with a pH of 3.48. From yields of 18 hectoliters per hectare, the Grand Vin represented 60% of the harvest. The wine is aging in 60% new oak. 91-93 Pts

2013 Clos de l’Oratoire – Cigar box, licorice and black cherry fruits are quickly followed by a soft, medium-bodied finish with sweet red and black plum. From 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.2% alcohol. From yields of 17 hectares per hectare, the wine is aging in 40% new French oak. 88-91 Pts

2013 Clos La Madeleine – Earth, oak and smoky cherries, medium bodied, with a mineral driven, cherry and fennel finish. 88-90 Pts

2013 Clos Nardian – Grapefruit, lemon, floral and orange aromas open into a fresh, zippy, light and chalky lemon finish. From a blend of 50% Sauvignon Blanc, 40% Semillon and 10% Muscadelle. 90 Pts

2013 Clos Romanile – From 100% Merlot, this tiny one-hectare property produced a smoky, licorice and black cherry wine with plush textures and a nice core of black plums. 88-90 Pts

2013 Clos St. Julien – A tight, mineral-driven nose opens into a medium-bodied wine that ends with stone, raspberry, fennel and cherry. From a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13% alcohol. Interestingly, the wine is usually dominated by Cabernet Franc, but not in this vintage. The production is down by 70%. 87-89 Pts

2013 Clos St. Martin – Soft, polished and plush with plums, cherries, licorice and espresso bean in the nose, this round, forward, medium-bodied wine was made from a blend of 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine reached 13.5% alcohol, with pH of 3.8. The yields were 28 hectoliters per hectare. This is all about finesse on the palate. 89-91 Pts

2013 La Clotte – Fresh, open, soft, and vinified for early drinking, this has an easy-to-like, plush character with dark cherries and cocoa. 88-90 Pts

2013 La Commanderie – Soft and open in character, the wine is brimming with light red berries, while the finish is all about the bright red fruits and herbs. 85-86 Pts

2013 La Confession – Licorice, cherry griotte and vanilla aromas open to a soft, medium-bodied, red berry-filled wine with a fresh, ready-to-drink character and chalky tannins. From a blend of 62% Merlot and 38% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.65% alcohol from yields of 30 hectoliters per hectare. The wine is aging in 60% new oak barrels. 88-91 Pts

2013 Cote de Baleau – 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon produced a medium-bodied, simple, light, bright wine with red berries and powdery tannins. 84-86 Pts

2013 Corbin – The spicy red berry and spearmint bouquet opens to a medium-bodied, fresh, light wine with sweet cherries that continue through to the finish. From a blend of 87% Merlot and 13% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13% alcohol and is aging in 40% new French oak. 87-89 Pts

2013 La Couspaude – Garnet in hue, the wine showcases espresso bean, licorice, black cherry and hints of jam in the aromatics. Medium bodied, forward and soft, this easy-drinking wine is infused with cocoa and dark red berries and will be drinkable on release. 88-89 Pts

2013 Croix de Labrie – Fresh plum, earth and cocoa aromas move to a soft, round wine that will be fun to enjoy in its first 5-7 years of life. 88-90 Pts

2013 Dassault – Spicy red berries, oak and fennel scents are enhanced by the mineral-driven, bright red berry and licorice finish. From a blend of 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. 88-90 Pts

2013 Daugay – From a blend of 65% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Franc and 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine is light, fresh, soft, open and focused on its bright red fruit character. 83-85 Pts

2013 Le Dome – With licorice, chocolate, plum and floral notes on the nose, the wine is fresh, spicy, medium bodied and plush with a soft chocolate, red plum and stone-driven finish. From 80% Cabernet Franc and 20% Merlot, the wine reached 12.9% alcohol with a pH of 3.65. The yields were 26 hectoliters per hectare. 90-92 Pts

2013 La Dominique – Freshly picked strawberries, chocolate and black cherry jam aromas spring forth. Coupled with silky, soft textures, the deeply colored wine leaves a smooth, fresh, cherry-filled impression. Blended from 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13% alcohol. 89-91 Pts

2013 Edmus – Sweet black raspberries are in this easy-drinking, forward style. 86-88 Pts

2013 Faugeres – Light in color and medium bodied with good freshness in the soft strawberry and cherry finish. Drink this bright wine on the young side to get the most from its fruit, as this is not built for aging. 87-89 Pts

2013 Ferrand Lartigue – With spicy, bright red berries and licorice in its personality, this is an easy-drinking, light styled, fresh wine. 83-85 Pts

2013 deFerrand – Light, sharp, bright red fruits and dusty tannins are coupled with the fresh, crisp, red fruit finish. 83-85 Pts

2013 Figeac – Ruby in color, with a nose of chocolate, coffee bean and raspberries, the wine is medium bodied, soft, bright and completed by sweet, fresh cherries. From a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13% alcohol with a pH of 3.7. The wine is aging in 100% new French oak. I am not sure why there is so much muss, fuss and fear over bringing in Michel Rolland. The team of Rolland and Frederic Faye are clearly helping the estate as this is  a very successful wine for the vintage. Far too many writers and consumers should not live in the past. They should actually taste the wines before deciding on if they like a wine, or not. It will be interesting to see what happens at Figeac when the next great vintage arrives. 90-92 Pts

2013 Fleur Cardinale – Deep garnet in color with licorice, coffee bean, flowers, stone and spicy, plum scentsthe wine offers a supple, plush, polished and sweet finish brimming with boysenberry, fresh cherry, spice and cocoa. The wine was made with a blend of 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and reached 13.5% alcohol. After sorting, the yields were only 16 hectoliters per hectare. The wine is aging in 100% new French oak for close to 12 months. 91-93 Pts

2013 Croix Cardinale – Not made in 2013

2013 Secret de Cardinale – not made in 2013

2013 Fombrauge – The smoky, licorice and jammy berry nose leads to a forward, medium-bodied, short finish with fresh red berries. 87-89 Pts

2013 Fonbel – Herbs, strawberry and spice are in the nose, followed by a medium bodied, crisp, bright cherry finish. Blended from 65% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petit Verdot, the wine is aging in 30% new French oak. 86-88 Pts

2013 Fonroque – Herbs, cherry and olives are at the center of this light, spicy and bright red berry wine. 84-86 Pts

2013 Fonplegade – This shows good color for the vintage along with its truffle, tobacco, spice and black raspberry aromas. Soft, polished and round, this has a nice sensation of minerality paired with the fresh, black raspberry finish. 90-92 Pts

2013 Franc Mayne – Fresh herbs, fennel, red berries and light density, this forward wine will offer its red fruit personality on release. 87-89 Pts

2013 La Gaffeliere – Fresh blackberry, boysenberry, licorice and oak kick off the wine. Improved by the soft palate presence, the finish remains in the mocha and cherry mode. From a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, the wine is aging in 50% new French oak. 88-90 Pts

2013 Guadet – From yields of 14 hectoliters per hectare, the blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc produced a black raspberry and oak-filled wine with surprisingly good density for the vintage. Clearly, this property is benefiting from the team of Stephane Derenoncourt. The property was certified biodynamic with the 2013 vintage. 86-88 Pts

2013 Godeau – Plummy with oak and herbs, the wine is medium bodied, lightly tannic and will be best in the first 4-7 years of life. 86-88 Pts

2013 Gracia – With licorice, coffee bean and smoky plums, this deep-colored, fleshy wine is soft and approachable, leaving you with lingering, sweet, dark cherries. From a blend of 65% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon , the wine reached 14% alcohol. With low yields of only 15 hectoliter per hectare, only 300 cases were produced this year. 92-94 Pts

2013 Les Angelots Gracia – Only one barrel was produced in 2013 and the wine was understandably not available for tasting.

2013 Grand Corbin Despagne – Light in color and fruit with an herbal, red berry finish, this will require consumption early in life. 82-84 Pts

2013 Grand Corbin Manuel – Red plum and herbeaceous in nature, this medium-bodied wine has olive and cherry notes in the dry finish. 82-84 Pts

2013 Grandes Murailles – From low yields of 25 hectoliters per hectare, this 100% Merlot wine reached 13% alcohol. Cherry, coffee bean and licorice accents accompany soft tannins, while the finish shows fresh black raspberries and oak. The wine is aging in 100% new oak and will be ready to drink on release. 87-89 Pts

2013 Grand Mayne – Licorice, coffee bean and plum are on the nose, backed with a medium-bodied, lighter, fresh style of wine with a juicy plum finish. Produced from a blend of 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. 88-90 Pts

2013 Grand Pontet – Light, open and lacking in volume, this plummy wine will be best in its youth. 85-87 Pts

2013 Haut Brisson – From low yields of 10 hectoliters per hectare, this easy-drinking wine is soft, light and forward, showcasing smoky berries and licorice. This will be best in its youth. 86-88 Pts

2013 Haut Brisson Reserve – With black raspberry, coffee and licorice on the nose, the wine has good freshness to the fruit and some weight on the palate, which comes from yields of only 8 whopping hectoliters per hectare. Vinified with a light touch, the wine leaves you with soft, delicate raspberries in the finish. From 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.25% alcohol. 88-90 Pts

2013 Jean Faure – With smoky red fruits, the medium-bodied wine has a chalky finish. 83-85 Pts

2013 La Fleur Morange Mathilde – With a nose of boysenberry, licorice, coffee bean and cocoa, the wine is fleshy and fun. It’s going to be easy to drink on release. Produced from 100% old-vine Merlot, this remains one of the top value wines of the Right Bank. 89-91 Pts

2013 La Fleur Morange – Oaky with juicy black raspberry and black cherry, the wine offers sweet fruit, balance and round textures but with a little bit too much oak. Aging in 100% new French oak, the wine is comprised of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc and reached 13.7% alcohol. Only 200 cases were produced in this difficult vintage. 90-92 Pts

2013 La Marzelle – Sharp plum and bright red berry flavors end with a tangy, cherry finish. 83-85 Pts

2013 Laforge – Using 92% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 12.8% alcohol and delivers an aromatic profile of coffee bean, smoke and plum. The wine is soft, smooth, open and fleshy. The finish is a bit too short, else this is a very nice wine. 88-90 Pts

2013 Larcis Ducasse – With floral and fresh cherry character, the wine is medium bodied, soft and open, sporting a center of black cherry, licorice and stone that carries all the way through. From yields of 30 hectoliters per hectare, the wine blends 84% Merlot with 16% Cabernet Franc. 90-92 Pts

2013 Larmande – Medium bodied and lightly concentrated, the wine has a soft cherry and licorice core. 86-88 Pts

2013 Laroze – Oak, licorice, spice and plum aromas deliver a medium bodied-wine that finishes with dusty cherries. 86-88 Pts

2013 Lucia – Licorice, coffee bean, kirsch liqueur and pepper on the nose open to a flowery, spicy, red berry palate with a definite oaky presence in the finish. 87-89 Pts

2013 Lusseau – From a blend of 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine reached 13.2% alcohol and is aging in 50% new French oak. Licorice, oak and red plum fade into a medium-bodied, early-drinking sweet, tart finish. 86-88 Pts

2013 Lynsolence – This 100% Merlot wine delivers truffle, licorice, espresso and blackberry aromas, medium body, a soft entry and a dusty, black raspberry finish. The wine is aging in 100% new French oak. 88-89 Pts

2013 Magrez Fombrauge – With effort, licorice, black cherries and dark chocolate—along with oak—come to the surface. There is a polish to the texture in the oaky, chocolate, black cherry finish. Produced from a blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc. 90-93 Pts

2013 Magrez Fombrauge Blanc – Produced with one of the highest percentages of Sauvignon Gris used in Bordeaux, the wine is bright, crisp, fresh and floral, finishing with a vibrant citrus finish. 92 Pts

2013 Monbousquet – Licorice, spicy red berries and oak are present in the attack, which carry through to the oaky, sweet cherry finish in this difficult vintage. The wine is aging in 60% new French oak. 87-89 Pts

2013 Monbousquet Blanc – Refreshing lemon and pomelo in character, this soft, juicy wine finishes with a blast of grapefruit in the citrusy finish. 90 Pts

2013 Canon La Gaffeliere St. Emilion

2013 La Mondotte – Smoke, cherry blossom, truffle and dark cherry aromas open the perfume. There is a good level of richness, minerality and depth of flavor and color that’s present from start to finish. Give this a few years and it should show better. From 100% Merlot, the wine was produced from yields of only 8 hectoliters per hectare. The wine reached 13.7% alcohol with a pH of 3.35 and is aging in 100% new French oak. 92-94 Pts

2013 Montlabert – Forward, medium bodied and correct, this early-drinking wine delivers spicy, bright red fruits and fennel. 86-87 Pts

2013 Moulin St. Georges – Raspberry and floral notes open this fresh, delicate, soft and bright wine that concludes with fennel and red fruits. Blending 80% Merlot with 20% Cabernet Franc, the wine was produced from yields of 25 hectoliters per hectare and is aging in 85% new French oak. 87-89 Pts

2013 du Parc – With fresh raspberries, oak and a medium-bodied red cherry and plum character, this wine will be best young. 85-87 Pts

2013 Pavie – There is a beautiful sweetness to the ripe fruit that was extremely difficult to find in 2013. With a blast of plum, boysenberry and dark chocolate, the wine has rich fruit and texture that really carries through from start to finish. The wine reached 13.26% alcohol, which should please detractors of riper vintages of Pavie. 93-94 Pts

2013 Pavie Decesse – Fleshy with notes of black raspberry, plum, spice and espresso, the wine has good concentration of dark chocolate and fruit but with some dryness in the mineral-driven finish. From yields of 8 hectoliters per hectare, the wine reached 13.23% alcohol and is aging in 80% new French oak. 90-92 Pts

2013 Pavie Macquin – Smoke, mineral and stone complement the long, sweet boysenberry and dark chocolate finish. Blending 85% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine produced low yields of 25 hectoliters per hectare. The Grand Vin represents 80% of the harvest. 91-93 Pts

2013 Peby Faugeres – Plum and licorice scents segue into fresh, plump, black plum and chocolate accents. The wine offers good weight, density and ripeness for the vintage. From 100% Merlot, the wine reached 13% alcohol and is aging in 70% new, French oak. 91-93 Pts

2013 Petit Gravet Aine – With stone and cherry character, the wine has an intense sensation of minerality in the black cherry finish. Normally, this wine has a high percentage of Cabernet Franc in the blend, but this vintage is comprised of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. Only 1,100 bottles were produced this year from a production that is usually closer to 8,000 bottles. 88-90 Pts

2013 Pierre de Lune – 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc produced a forward, soft, approachable and round wine brimming with smoke, fennel and red plums. 87-89 Pts

2013 Poesia – The debut vintage for this wine is rich, fat, lush and luxurious, this sexy wine has a serious level of density and tannins. Produced from a blend of 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine reached 13.5% alcohol, with a pH of 3.50. The yields were only 8 hectoliters per hectare. This wine from Helene Garcin Leveque is going to be something you will want to keep track of on a going forward basis. 91-93 Pts

2013 de Pressac – Floral and light red berry aromas move to a medium-bodied, open, easy-to-drink, cherry-filled character. This will be best to drink on the young side. 87-89 Pts

2013 Le Prieure – Licorice, red plum and oak are found in this easy-drinking, medium-bodied wine. 85-87 Pts

2013 Quinault L’Enclos – Not produced in 2013 due to severe damage from the hail storms.

2013 Quintus – Blending 50.5% Merlot with 49.5% Cabernet Franc, the wine offers raspberry and floral notes with bright cherry and fennel in the elegant, crisp, fresh finish. 88-90 Pts

2013 Rochebelle – Light in color with crisp red fruits and a bright, tangy finish. 83-85 Pts

2013 Ripeau – This early-drinking wine showcases light red plums and licorice. 83-85 Pts

2013 Roc de Boisseaux – Blending 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc produced a wine with fresh raspberries and cocoa, medium body, freshness and a light cherry character. 84-86 Pts

2013 Rol Valentin – With spicy plums, fennel and a light mocha and red berry finish, this should be ready to drink on release. 87-89 Pts

2013 Sansonnet – Forward with licorice and black cherry charms, this round, open, plush wine will be fun to drink on release. From a blend of 97% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.5% alcohol and is aging in 70% new, French oak. 89-91 Pts

2013 Saintayme – From 100% Merlot, the medium-bodied, spicy, red berry wine is an early-drinking, well-priced quaffer that is perfect for restaurants. 84-86 pts.

2013 La Serre – Light ruby in hue, the wine is earthy, sweet and focused on bright red cherries in the finish. Already open, drink this young. 84-86 Pts

2013 Simard – Light in color and style, the spicy red cherry and strawberry character will be best enjoyed in its youth. Blending 65% Merlot with 35% Cabernet Franc, the wine is aging in 30% new French oak. 84-86 Pts

2013 Soutard – Truffle and black raspberries make an appearance once past the initial oak in the nose. Medium bodied and easy to drink with sweet red cherries and spice in the middle, this wine will be enjoyable in its youth. 88-90 Pts

2013 Tertre Roteboeuf St. Emilion

2013 Tertre Roteboeuf – Truffle, barnyard, licorice, espresso bean, black cherry, smoke and jam make up the aromatics. On the palate, the wine is rich, silky and soft, offering a density of flavor, freshness and sweet, ripe plum that was difficult to achieve in this vintage. From yields of 15 hectoliters, the wine blends 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. In 2013, Tertre Roteboeuf was only able to produce 30% of their normal production. The wine reached 13.9% alcohol with a pH of 3.8 and is aging in 100% new French oak. Picked between October 16 and October 18, this is one of the latest harvests for this individualistic estate. This would be a good wine any vintage, but in 2913, this is a miracle! 93-95 Pts

2013 Teyssier – With a cherry, spearmint and fennel personality, this ready-to-drink Bordeaux finishes with soft, spicy and bright red plums. Using 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc in the blend, the wine reached 12.7% alcohol. 86-88 Pts

2013 Trimoulet – From 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, the wine shows a lot of fresh, bright and spicy red berries. 84-86 Pts

2013 Trotte Vieille – Medium-bodied with an oak, red cherry and black raspberry nose, this lighter style of St. Emilion, produced from a blend of 50% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon should offer pleasure on release. 88-90 Pts

2013 La Tour Figeac – Ruby in color with a kiss of oak, earth, herbs and black raspberries, the wine is medium bodied with sweet dark cherries and chocolate in the finish. Finesse in style, drink this young for the fruit. From a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. The yields were 20 hectoliters per hectare, with the Grand Vin made from 50% of the harvest. The wine is aging in 50% new oak. 89-91 Pts

2013 Tour Saint Christophe – Mineral-driven with oak and plum notes in the nose, the wine features a sweetness to the fresh, medium-bodied dark red fruits that should improve with age. From a blend of 82% Merlot with 18% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.3% alcohol. The wine was produced using micro-vinification techniques. This is an estate to watch for in future vintages as the terroir is great and the owner, Peter Kwok has a spare no expense attitude and the drive to make the best wine possible. 88-90 Pts

2013 Troplong Mondot St. Emilion

2013 Troplong Mondot – The last vintage for Christine Valette and the first vintage I have ever tasted without her being present. Christine passed away at the start of the 2013 tastings. Deep in color, with a boysenberry, chocolate, licorice and earthy nose, the wine is fleshy with a polished and mineral-driven personality of black plum, licorice and chocolate-covered boysenberry personality. From a blend of 90% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.7% alcohol, with a PH of 3.45, which will please all the tasters that have complained about high alcohol levels. The wine delivers a fond farewell and is worth a 100 Pts in memory for all the great vintages from Christine Valette.  92-93 Pts

2013 Valandraud – Flashing one of the deepest colors in this vintage, the wine showcases sweet chocolate-covered black raspberry, licorice, smoke and oak. Plush, rich boysenberry, licorice and cocoa, with an exotic note of orange rind in the finish. Made from 100% Merlot, the wine reached 14% alcohol with a pH of 3.5. The wine was produced from yields of 32 hectoliters per hectare. Only 40% of the harvest was used in Valandraud. 92-94 Pts

Jean Thunevin Caviar

2013 Virginie de Valandraud – Oak, licorice, chocolate and cherries are followed by a medium/full-bodied, fresh blast of plum and oak. 88-90 Pts

2013 Valandraud 3 de Valandruad – Ruby in color with coffee, light red berries and a forward, open, easy-to-like personality. 87-89 Pts

2013 Vieux Chateau Mazerat – Black licorice, coffee bean, vanilla, mint and smoke transition to an interesting, fresh and stony layer of blackberries in the finish. Blending 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 12.8 % alcohol with a pH of 3.69. The wine is aging in 80% new French oak. 89-91 Pts

2013 Vieux Lartigue – Light in color with a raspberry and fennel nose, the easy-drinking wine finishes with sweet red cherries. 84-86 Pts

2013 Villemaurine – With a coffee bean, spicy red berry and stone personality, this wine is light on its feet and will be drinkable on release with its sweet cherry charm. 88-90 Pts

2013 Yon-Figeac – Light in color and character, the wine focuses on the fruits’ bright character. 82-83 Pts

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Clearly, 2013 Pomerol is a year for vineyard managers and winemakers that were up the Herculean challenge the vintage offered. You have to go back to 1991 and 1992 to find a vintage of Pomerol at this level.

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Herky Petrus Zoo - 2013

2013 Pomerol is one of the bright spots in this challenging Bordeaux vintage. However, nature did not help much with the 2013 Pomerol growing season. From start to finish, to produce 2013 Pomerol, growers had to contend with poor flowering, long periods of non-stop rain, a lack of sun, uneven ripening of their grapes and an incredible amount of sorting in the vineyards and in their cellars. Yields were so small that Le Pin ended up with only 3 barrels of wine! The problem was even worse at Hosanna where no wine was produced this year. After malolactic fermentation, discussions took place at Vieux Chateau Certan to possibly place the entire harvest into La Gravette, their second wine. Finally in February, Alexandre Thienpont decided to produce the 2013 Vieux Chateau Certan.

At the end of the day, even with tiny yields and the lowest level of alcohol seen in years, (Which should please some people more than others) the producers that were not afraid of stringent sorting’s, that were willing to exert an easy touch during te vinification ended up producing some of the best wines not only in the Right Bank but of the entire vintage with their 2013 Pomerol wines.

Clearly, 2013 Pomerol is a year for vineyard managers and winemakers that were up the Herculean challenge the vintage offered. You have to go back to 1991 and 1992 to find a vintage of Pomerol at this level. However, do not be mistaken about the comparison with 1991 and 1992. 2013 Pomerol is a much better vintage. It does not compete with the top years, but some nice wines were produced. For a summary and overview of the 2013 Bordeaux Campaign so far… 2013 Bordeaux Vintage and Futures Campaign Summary

Wines are more than tasting notes, ratings and price. Which is not to say that price does not matter, because it does. I always consider the price before buying a wine. But style does count. 2013 Pomerol wines are perhaps well suited for consumers that felt 2009 and 2010 were over the top with their, ripe dark fruits, intense levels of concentration and alcohol levels. 2013 Pomerol are on the bright side. They are focused on red fruits, for most of the wines, they are medium bodied and offer the lowest levels of alcohol in recent memory. They are not wines that need to be bought as futures. But on release, if this is your style of wine, 2013 Pomerol could be worth taking a look at.

2013 Beauregard – With bright, spicy, sweet and tart notes, this wine is light and filled with red cherry character—perfect for drinking within its first few years. 83-85 Pts

2013 Bel-Air Pomerol – Light, polite and a bit tart with its red berries and light, dry finish. 82-84 Pts

2013 Bonalgue – Cherry and herbal in nature, this light wine will offer its simple cherry profile on release. 84-86 Pts

2013 Bon Pasteur – With licorice and smoky black cherry notes, this medium-bodied wine has a hint of stem and cherries in the finish. 88-90 Pts

2013 Bourgneuf – Light ruby in color with bright, light strawberry character, this will drink well on release. 85-87 Pts

2013 La Cabanne – Pale in color with forward style, but without much complexity or volume, the wine ends with an open cherry finish. 86-88 Pts

2013 Certan de May – With kirsch, cherry griotte and earth on the nose, this soft, forward wine has ruby color and medium body, ending with clean, spicy plum character. 88-90 Pts

2013 La Clemence – Light in color, this medium bodied, simple wine is focused on fresh red berries and herbs. 85-87 Pts

Clinet Ronan Monique

2013 Clinet – With a chocolate mint, plum and spice nose, the wine is soft on the attack with silky tannins and a lush, spicy finish brimming with mocha, cocoa and plum. From a blend of 90% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.2% alcohol. The yields were 33 hectoliters per hectare. The wine is aging in 60% new French oak. 91-93 Pts

2013 Le Clos du Beau Pere – Floral notes with sweet plum and cherry carry through from start to finish with good freshness and flavor. 86-88 Pts

2013 Clos du Clocher – With coffee bean, herbs, mint, cocoa and red berries in the nose, this light style of Pomerol is on the fresh side with tangy, red berries in the finish. 86-88 Pts

2013 Clos L’Eglise – Featuring a depth of color for the vintage, the nose delivers toasted oak, incense, coffee bean and black plum. Soft and polished, there is a lot of oak in the soft, polished black plum-filled finish. From yields of 25 hectoliters per hectare, 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc comprises the blend. The wine reached 13% alcohol with a pH of 3.65. 90-92 Pts.

2013 Clos Rene – With coaxing, red fruits come to the surface of this medium-bodied, supple and bold but simple Pomerol wine. 86-88 Pts

2013 La Conseillante – Plum, floral, truffle, vanilla, black cherry and licorice create the complex aromatics. Silky, fresh and lively, this always elegantly styled wine delivers clean, crisp, pure bright cherries and plum. This is the first vintage made with consultant Michel Rolland. According to Jean Michel Laporte, the biggest impact from Rolland was to lengthen the maceration time. From a blend of 82% Merlot and 18% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13% alcohol with a pH of 3.50. The wine is aging in 65% new French oak. The yields were 30 hectoliters per hectare and the Grand Vin was made from 88% of the harvest. 91-93 Pts

Jean MIchel Laporte La Conseillante 2013

2013 La Conseillante Duo – Coffee bean, incense and cherries open to a light, lively, sweet and tart red berry finish. 84-86 Pts

2013 La Croix de Gay – Light in color, the wine has simple but pleasant cherry personality. Drink this within the first few years of life. 85-88 Pts

2013 La Croix du Casse – Medium bodied, with a sweet, dark cherry charm, this blend of 94% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc ends with a short and soft, earthy black raspberry finish. 85-87 Pts

2013 La Croix St. Georges – Licorice, cherry, espresso and cocoa on the nose, and soft textures segue into a sweet and tart finish filled with cherry griotte. Blending 86% Merlot and 14% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.6% alcohol. The yields were 30 hectoliters per hectare. The wine is aging in 60% new French oak. 88-90 Pts

 Denis Durantou 2013

2013 L’Eglise Clinet – Plum liqueur, cigar box, incense, wet earth, smoke and clay scents start off the wine. But it’s the palate—with an intense combination of spicy dark berries, black cherry and plum—that grabs your attention. This is perhaps the most concentrated wine of the vintage with a real depth of flavor. From 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.5% alcohol with a pH of 3.62 and will be aged in 70% new French oak barrels. The yields were 30 hectoliters per hectare. This is a serious candidate for wine of the vintage. If you are only going to consider one wine to purchase as a future, this is the wine to buy as the quality is high, the production is low and with luck, the price will be low too. 94-96 Pts

2013 Petite Eglise – Cherry, cigar box and floral notes open to medium body and accessible red fruit that will be drinkable on release. 85-88 Pts

2013 L’Enclos – Medium bodied with raspberry, cherry and licorice in its character, the wine has soft textures in its espresso and red plum finish. 86-88 Pts

2013 L’Evangile – On the palate, the wine showcases rose, plum, cherry, dark chocolate and truffle with a hint of espresso bean and silky, fresh, clean red berries. This is a good expression of L’Evangile with a lot of density for the vintage, but the wine ends with just a touch of dryness in otherwise fresh finish. From a blend of 87% Merlot and 13% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13% alcohol with a pH of 3.6. The yields were 27 hectoliters per hectare, and the Grand Vin was made from 60% of the harvest. The wine will be aged in 100% new French oak. 90-92 Pts

2013 Pomerol Vazart

2013 Fayat – From 100% Merlot and with a nose of wet earth, citrus and red berries, this medium-bodied wine is bright on the palate and ends with dark chocolate-covered raspberries. 87-89 Pts

2013 Feytit Clinet – Offering hints of licorice with cherries and truffle, coupled with a viscous texture for the vintage, the wine is completed by its mocha and cherry finish. From a blend of 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.4% alcohol and is aging in 70% new, French oak. 91-93 Pts

2013 La Fleur Petrus – In this ruby-colored wine, floral, truffles, earth, spice and black raspberries are in plain view. Soft and silky on the palate, there is a sensuous Pomerol character that should deepen and improve with a few years of age. Very nice for the vintage. 92-94 Pts

2013 Le Gay – Blending 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13% alcohol and will be aged in 100% new French oak. Not much wine was produced, as the yields were only 18 hectoliters per hectare. Black raspberry, spice, coffee bean and licorice create the floral perfume. There is good sweetness in the fruit, transitioning from black to red cherries. 92-94 Pts

2013 Manoir de Gay – Light in fruit with bright red berries, the wine has an easygoing style with spice and cranberries in the finsh. 83-85 Pts

2013 Gazin – From 100% Merlot, the wine features notes of licorice, herbs and black cherry with some rusticity to the tannins and a fresh, dark and earthy finish bursting with red berries. The yields were 25 hectoliters per hectare. The wine is aging in 50% new oak. 89-92 Pts

2013 La Grave a Pomerol – Light and soft, the wine has red fruits with elements of kirsch and spice to create a forward style of Pomerol made for early drinking. 85-88 Pts

2013 Hosanna – Not produced in 2013.

2013 La Fleur de Gay – Cherries poke through oak and earth in this ruby-colored wine, leaving you with sweet and sour red berries in the finish. 87-89 Pts

2013 Lafleur – Truffle, stone, spice box, violet, licorice, plum and fresh red fruit notes create a complex set of aromatics. Spicy black raspberries are on the attack with cherry and kirsch that leave an impression of freshness on the palate. With 55% Cabernet Franc and 45% Merlot, the wine was made from yields of about 25 hectoliters per hectare. In this challenging vintage, the property produced the same proportion of Lafleur and Pensees de Lafleur, as usual. 93-94 Pts

2013 Pensees de Lafleur – From a blend of 59% Merlot and 41% Cabernet Franc, this medium-bodied, fresh and open wine is best on the attack with soft red fruit and spice. 87-89 Pts

2013 Lafleur-Gazin – Light red cherry and strawberry in character, this ready-to-drink Pomerol should be consumed on the early side. 85-87 Pts

2013 Latour a’ Pomerol – Hints of truffle, chocolate and cherry open to soft, polished tannins and a bold cocoa-dusted finish brimming with black raspberry and plum. This is a strong vintage for this often underperforming wine. 89-91 Pts

2013 Montviel – From a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, the wine showcases soft plum, espresso, licorice and earthy notes. With medium body and an open, earthy character highlighting red berries, this soft textured wine will be best consumed on the young side. 87-89 Pts

2013 Le Moulin – With oak, licorice, cocoa and cherry on the nose, the wine has medium body and round textures, finishing with a cherry liqueur note. 88-90 Pts

2013 Nenin – From a blend of 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.3% alcohol and will be aged in 20% new French oak. Light ruby in color, the medium-bodied wine has reticent aromas of spicy red berries, herbs and hints of earth that transition into a light, fresh, and peppery finish with cherries and strawberries. 88-90 Pts

2013 La Patache – With a spicy plum character, the wine is medium bodied, soft and open, offering uncomplicated drinking in its youth. 86-88 Pt

2013 Petit Village – From 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine represents 50% of the crop. Black raspberry with hints of fennel on the nose, the wine is light in style and delicate in structure with a polite cherry finish. Drink this young, as it will be best in its first 5-7 years. 88-90 Pts

2013 Petrus – The color of garnet, the wine offers a distinctive floral note with cherry liqueur, Asian spice, smoke, kirsch and fresh raspberries. Silky, elegant, supple and soft, this gentle vintage of Petrus is all about the purity of the fruit and fine-grained tannins. Produced from yields of 26 hectoliters per hectare, according to Olivier Berrouet, this vintage reminds him of 1988. 93-95 Pts

Herky Petrus Zoo - 2013

On to more important Petrus news. My dog Hercules, which some of you know from his antics on Facebook, or in the photos on this website, was officially inducted into the Petrus zoo! What is the Petrus zoo? I am glad you asked. Petrus has from time to time had an official mascot, which has been a different stuffed animal ranging from rabbits, to pigs and of course dogs. I was more than honored that a resemblance of Hercules was added to the Petrus menagerie by Olivier Berrouet and Elisabeth Aubert, with James Suckling as the official witness for the induction ceremony. Congratulatory bones or other treats and bottles of Petrus can be sent to me for Hercules and I will see he gets them.

2013 Le Pin – With only 3 barrels selected for 2013 (with a possibility for a fourth barrel to be included at most), Le Pin was not available for tasting this year.

2013 Plince – Discreet notes of earth and red plums come alive with coaxing in this light, forward wine showcasing red plum and cherry. 86-88 Pts

2013 La Pointe – Light aromas of truffle, licorice and plum are found with some persuasion. On the palate, the wine is supple with sweet, dusty plums and not much concentration. 87-89 Pts

2013 Providence – No longer produced

2013 Rouget – With an oak, earth and black raspberry character, the wine shows dusty tannins in the black raspberry and dark chocolate finish. 87-89 Pts

2013 Sacre Coeur – This 100% Merlot-comprised wine expresses coffee bean, cherry and licorice with gentle, plush textures and an oaky, bright red berry-filled finish. 86-88 Pts

2013 Taillefer – Light in color with weight and fruit, the wine is on the tart, rustic side of Pomerol. 82-84 Pts

2013 Trotanoy – Dark ruby in color, the wine combines notes of spicy chocolate, truffle and sweet, ripe plum with silky tannins and supple textures. Yes, this is a lighter, early-drinking Trotanoy, but it offers a good quality in its character. It could fill out during élevage and become an even better wine. 92-94 Pts

2013 Clos de la Vieille Eglise – 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc produced a smoky, bright, black raspberry-scented wine that finishes with sharp, crisp red berries. 85-87 Pts

2013 Vieux Taillefer – Light in color, the bright fruit feels dry with some tartness in the lively red berry-filled finish. 83-85 Pts

Alexandre Guillaume VCC 2013

2013 Vieux Chateau Certan – With primary notes of black licorice, flowers and dark cherry liqueur, this medium-bodied wine shows good fruit, soft textures and bright red fruits in the finish, concluding with silky textures and an intriguing minty note. From low yields of only 22 hectoliters per hectare, the wine was produced from a blend of 92% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc. The wine reached 13% alcohol with a pH of 3.65. The Grand Vin was produced from just 33% of the harvest and is aging in 60% new French oak. The wine could fill out during élevage and become an even better wine. 90-93 Pts.

2013 La Violette – Espresso bean, licorice, spice, cherry blossoms and black raspberries are found with little effort. Silky, soft and smooth, the wine is filled with sweet, fresh cherry and plum notes. From 100% old-vine Merlot, the wine was made from miniscule yields of only 11 hectoliters per hectare and reached 13.2% alcohol. The total production is less than 170 cases this year. 93-94 Pts

2013 Vray Croix de Gay – This medium-bodied wine has a light black cherry, oak and earthy personality with sandy tannins in the cherry finish. 87-89 Pts

2013 Lalande de Pomerol

2013 Chambrun – With smoke, fennel, coffee bean and black raspberry notes, the wine is light, clean and focused on the fresh, red cherry finish. 86-88 Pts

2013 La Chenade – Using 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, the forward, medium-bodied wine focuses on mocha, plum and fresh cherries. 85-87 Pts

2013 Les Cruzelles – With intriguing scents of tangerine, coffee, cherry and plum, there is a nice softness to the texture, finishing with sweet cherries, oak and cocoa. 88-90 Pts

2013 La Graviere – Light in color, the 100% Merlot cuvee is medium bodied and light in style, finishing with sweet and tart cherries. 84-86 Pts

2013 La Fleur de Bouard – Earthy in character, the wine showcases black cherry, soft tannins and a supple finish filled with cocoa and plum. 88-90 Pts

2013 La Fleur de Bouard Le Plus – Wet earth, forest floor and plums open to a fresh chocolate and cherry center that finishes with sweet, dark and spicy berries. 90-92 Pts

2013 Siaurac – With tangy red fruit and citrus, this medium-bodied wine is earthy in the finish. 84-86 Pts

2013 Les Vieux Ormes – Earthy, chewy red fruits deliver a light touch of spice and cherry in the bright finish. 85-87 Pts

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