2023 Saint Emilion Satellite Appellations Wine Guide


All of the following 2023 St. Emilion Satellite Appellation wines which include 2023 Lussac Saint Emilion, 2023 Montagane Saint Emilion, 2023 Puisseguin Saint Emilion wines were all tasted in Bordeaux in April in non-blind tasting conditions. Most of the wines were tasted at the property. However, I also tasted several wines at Negociants, and Consultants, as well as with various trade groups.

2023 Brenon Becot – Puisseguin-St. Émilion – Black cherries, raspberries, flowers, and citrus shine in this medium-bodied, forward, early-drinking charmer. Enjoy this over the new term for all of its up-front fruit. Drink from 2026-2032. 87-89 Pts

2023 Cap St. George – St. Georges-St. Émilion – Spearmint, tobacco, spice, red berries, and cigar wrappers create the character here. Soft, fresh, and fruity, with sweetness to the cherries, raspberries, and plums on the palate, vibrant, forward, red pit fruit filled wine is going to be delicious on release. The blends 88% Merlot, and 12% Cabernet Sauvignon. This is perfect for early drinking pleasure, yet it can be aged for more complexity as well. Drink from 2026-2035. 90-92 Pts

2023 Cap d’Or – St. Georges-St. Émilion – Licorice, spice, and black cherries form the core of this wine. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied, bright, fresh, and juicy, with a sweet, black raspberry, and herb character in the finish. This will be at its best over the near term. The wine blends 84% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 8% Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink from 2026-2032. 89-91 Pts

2023 Clarisse Vieille Vignes – Puisseguin-St. Émilion – Flowers, herbs, spice, and leafy nuances create the core here, in the nose, and on the palate. The wine is fresh, with a marine influence to the fruits from start to finish. Drink from 2026-2037. 89-91 Pts

2023 Clos de BouardMontagne-St. Émilion – Quite floral in its nature, the wine is fresh, fruity, elegant, lively, and packed with crushed rocks, sweet cherries, spice, espresso, licorice, and chocolate. Medium-bodied, with sweetness, and ripe berries with hints of salty cocoa, and racy acidities, this will offer pleasure in its youth, as well as age for over a decade. The wine blends 85% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc, and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink from 2026-2038. 91-93 Pts

2023 Courlat Cuvée Jean Baptiste – Lussac-St. Émilion – Dark fruits, with chocolate, and flowers define the core of this wine. The palate is medium-bodied, firm, yet, soft, and fruity, with a chocolate-coated plum, and espresso-filled endnote. The Cuvee is always produced from 100% Merlot. Drink from 2027-2038. 90-92 Pts

2023 Dame de Bouard – Montagne-St. Émilion – If you are seeking a soft-textured, elegant, medium-bodied wine with charm, and character, packed with sweet, ripe fruits that you can enjoy with pleasure on release, that sells for a song, this is for you. Drink from 2026-2032. 89-91 Pts

2023 Faizeau Selection Vieilles Vignes – Montagne-St. Émilion – Supple, and creamy, with chocolate-covered black cherries, flowers, licorice, and chewy red fruits, give it just a year or two in the bottle and enjoy for more than a decade after that. Drink from 2027-2037. 89-91 Pts

2023 Roc de Becot – Puisseguin-St. Émilion – Medium-bodied, black raspberry-filled, soft, fruity, early drinking charmer which will be fun to enjoy on release. This is the second wine for Brenon Becot. Drink from 2026-2030. 86-88 Pts

2023 Simon Blanchard Champ de la Fenetre – Montagne-St. Émilion – Black cherries, juicy plums, licorice, chocolate, and herbs, the wine is fresh, filled with dark, red berries, chocolate, black plums, and crushed stones in the finish, with a touch of spice on the backend. The wine is produced from blending 94% old vine Merlot with 6% Malbec. The wine comes from Simon Blanchard, a member of the Stephane Derenoncourt team. Drink from 2026-2036. 89-91 Pts

2023 Simon Blanchard Guitard – Montagne-St. Émilion – Flowers, citrus, truffle, and cherries already show in the nose, and on the medium-bodied, sweet, round, fruit-filled palate. You can enjoy this with pleasure on release, or age it for more secondary nuances. The wine blends 86% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, with 4% Malbec. Drink from 2026-2036. 91-93 Pts

2023 Teyssier Montagne – Montagne-St. Émilion – Medium-bodied, fresh, earthy, and fruity, with a minerality essence that accompanies the chewy, dark red fruits in the nose, and on the palate. Drink it over the following decade. Drink from 2026-2034. 89-91 Pts

2023 Tour Bayard – Montagne-St. Émilion – Medium-bodied, forward, and loaded with sweet, vibrant, black cherries, plums, and a hint of espresso. The round, creamy wine finishes with more of those sweet, dark, red pit fruits, with a hint of chocolate on the backend. Drink from 2026-2037. 89-91 Pts

2023 Vieux-Chateau-Palon – Montagne-St. Émilion – Round, fruity, forward, fresh, and creamy, this ready-to-go, well-priced charmer already offers its licorice, cherry, and chocolate character with just a swirl or two. You can enjoy this with pleasure on release and for at least 10-12 years after that. Drink from 2026-2035. 90-92 Pts

Up next, we are continuing with 2023 Right Bank Wines with tasting notes and ratings for almost 160 of the best 2023 St. Emilion wines. Because we tasted so many wine, we divided our report into 3 separate articles kicking off with 2023 Saint Emilion Pt. 1 Wines A-D followed by Part 2, wines E-L, and finally 2023 Saint Emilion Part 3, wines M-Z.

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