2022 St. Emilion Satellite Appellations, 2022 Lussac, 2022 Montagne, 2022 Puisseguin and 2022 St. Georges are as you might expect variable. But if you know where to look, there are several solid wines. Located adjacent to St. Emilion, in 2022, the Saint Emilion satellite appellations provide some very fine wine Right Bank wine values from the better vineyards with conscientious owners.
The 2022 vintage for the St. Emilion Satellite appellations was similar to Pomerol and Saint Emilion, though growers here are more challenged, especially with excessive, drought-created vintages. For a full, detailed overview and analysis of the 2022 Bordeaux vintage and harvest with producer quotes… 2022 Bordeaux Vintage, Harvest Report
All of the following St. Emilion Satellite appellations wines were sampled in Bordeaux in April. Most of the wines were tasted at Negociants, Consultants or with various wine trade groups.
2022 St. Emilion Satellite Appellation Wine Tasting Notes …
2022 Baudon Les Terres Blanches – Montagne-St. Émilion – Deeply colored, the wine is equally dark in its character with its layers of black plums, chocolate, espresso, and cinnamon. Rich, lush, round, fresh, and fruity, the wine has a lot of character on the mid-palate that keeps on going through to the finish. Produced from 100% Merlot, a portion of the grapes are whole bunch vinified. Drink from 2025-2038. 91-93 Pts
2022 Cap St. George – St. Georges-St. Émilion – Flowers, cinnamon, and plums form the core of the wine. On the palate, the wine is plush, soft, and fresh, with sweetness and energy on the mid-palate, and in the finish. The wine is produced from blending 84% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 8% Cabernet Sauvignon. 13.9% ABV. 3.55 pH. This is perfect for early drinking pleasure, yet it can be aged for more complexity as well. Drink from 2025-2037. 91-93 Pts
2022 Cap d’Or – St. Georges-St. Émilion – Smoke, licorice, black cherries, and graphite, the wine is medium-bodied, round, and fruity with a plummy finish. Already approachable, this is going to drink well in its youth. The wine blends 84% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 8% Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink from 2025-2032. 90-92 Pts.
2022 Clarisse – Puisseguin-St. Émilion – Espresso, flowers, and cherries with a bit of oak on the medium-bodied, soft, round, fruit-filled, sweet, ripe, fresh palate that needs to integrate. Drink from 2025-2032. 89-91 Pts
2022 Clarisse Vieilles Vignes – Puisseguin-St. Émilion – Sweet black plums, black cherries, chocolate, espresso, and licorice on the nose, are also found on the fresh, forward, chalky palate. Drink from 2025-2034. 91-93 Pts
2022 Clos Bertineau Merlot – Montagne-St. Émilion – All the ripe, sweet, dark plums, and cherries are covered with deep chocolate and licorice nuances. The wine is round, lush, polished, and ready for pleasure on release. The wine is made from 100% Merlot. Drink from 2025-2034. 89-91 Pts
2022 Clos de Bouard – Montagne-St. Émilion – Flowers, cherries, espresso, and licorice form the core of this wine. Medium-bodied, soft, round, fresh, and sweet, with a refreshing, mint-leaf accent in the finish, this is going to be easy to enjoy on release. The wine blends 85% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon. For those keeping track, this was the first wine to be released in the 2022 futures campaign. Drink from 2025-2037. 91-93 Pts
2022 Dame de Bouard – Montagne-St. Émilion – Forward, fresh, fruity, elegant, and with all of its sweet, ripe, red berries, and pit fruits, it is ready for consumption on release. Drink from 2024-2029. 89-91 Pts
2022 Courlat – Lussac-St. Émilion – Black raspberries, plums, licorice, and flowers show with ease. The medium-bodied wine is soft, balanced, fresh, and plummy, with a creamy, polished fruity mid-palate, and finish. he wine is produced from a parcel selection of 100% Merlot. Drink from 2025-2035. 89-91 Pts
2022 Croix de Rambeau – Lussac-St. Émilion – Medium-bodied, soft, floral wine with a core of sweet, cherries with a savory, leafy herbs and an earthy edge to the finish. Drink from 2025-2030. 87-89 Pts
2022 Faizeau – Montagne-St. Émilion – Supple-textured, lush, forward, medium-bodied, elegant, fruit-packed charmer with layers of creamy, ripe, sweet, lush fruits that will be a pleasure to enjoy on release, and for more than a decade after that. Drink from 2025-2037. 93-91 Pts
2022 La Grande Clotte – Lussac-St. Émilion – Soft, round, polished, fruity, forward and ready to go, with a touch of chalk in the savory, plummy finish. Drink from 2025-2030. 89-91 Pts
2022 La Grande Clotte L’Envolée – Lussac-St. Émilion – Forward, round, lush, and fruity, with layers of black cherry, plum, espresso, and cocoa from the start to creamy finish. Drink from 2025-2032. 89-91 Pts
2022 Simon Blanchard Champ de la Fenetre – Montagne-St. Émilion – Black plums, licorice, chocolate, and espresso show beautifully in the nose, and on the round, soft, polished palate. The wine is produced from 100% old vine Merlot vines. The wine comes from Simon Blanchard, a member of the Stephane Derenoncourt team. Drink from 2025-2037 91-93 Pts
2022 Simon Blanchard Guitard – Montagne-St. Émilion – Deeply colored, initially you notice the flowers before moving to the smoke, espresso, vanilla, and cocoa-infused plums. On the palate, the wine is silky, fresh, and pure, with a lengthy, creamy-textured, fruit-packed finish. Drink from 2025-2038. 92-94 Pts
2022 Tour Bayard – Montagne-St. Émilion – Flowers, plums and espresso beans form the character here. The medium-bodied wine is soft, polished, fresh and sweet, with a dark, fruity, plummy finish. Drink from 2025-2037. 90-92 Pts
2022 Tour Bayard L’Angelot – Montagne-St. Émilion – Deep, floral and fruity, the spicy, black plums are sweet, lush and round. There is an edge of salty, cocoa, and espresso on top of the dark cherries in the finish, giving the wine lift and character. Drink from 2025-2038. 91-93 Pts
2022 Vieux-Chateau-Palon – Montagne-St. Émilion – Flowers and leafy herbs combine with sweet, ripe, red and black pit fruits to produce an elegant, soft, polished, medium-bodied, supple wine with sweetness, freshness, and good energy in the spice, accented, fruity finish. This should be delicious on release and provide pleasure for over a decade with ease. The wine blends 75% Merlot with 25% Cabernet Franc. Drink from 2025-2037. 91-93 Pts
Up next, 2022 Bordeaux Generic AOC Appellation Red and White Wines before we move to 2022 dry white Bordeaux wine followed by 2022 Sauternes.