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Chateau La Confession History, Overview
2001 was the debut vintage for Chateau La Confession for the new, young owner, Jean-Philippe Janoueix. It only took a few years until Chateau La Confession started showing what it was capable of. 2005 was the first vintage expressing the true quality of wine that could be made at Chateau La Confession.
Some of this has to do with the novel ideas Janoueix began experimenting with. This was the first vintage where Janoueix warmed the barrels before placing the wine in them. According to Janoueix, this technique allows for a more gentle extraction with no shock to the Bordeaux grapes, which helps to produce a softer, more natural wine.
Chateau La Confession Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The 7.5 hectare Saint Emilion vineyard of Chateau La Confession is planted to 70% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Franc and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon. On average the vines are maintained at 40 years of age. The vineyard is situated right off the main road to Libourne, just outside the Saint Emilion village.
In fact, the property is well placed, not too far from Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot. The terroir is clay, chalk, and siliceous soils. However, it is important to note that they also have old vines. Some of their Cabernet Franc vines are more than 70 years of age. The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 6,666 vines per hectare.
To produce the wine of Chateau La Confession, vinification takes place in open wood tanks that range in size from 55 hectoliters up to 70 hectoliters per vat. The malolactic fermentation occurs in new, French, oak barrels.
At Chateau La Confession, for the aging, Jean Philippe Janoueix uses a combination of different shaped, oak barrels. 50% of the barrels are in the traditional shape and the other 50% are in the shape of a cigar.
Janoueix likes the cigar-shaped barrels because they offer better digestion of the lees by the wine, owing to a wider surface of exchange brought by their shape. The wine is aged in 100% new, French oak barrels for between 15 and 19 months, depending on the vintage.
The best vintages of Chateau La Confession are: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2009 and 2005.
There is a second wine, Chateau Haut Pontet. The wine was previously sold under the name of Chateau Barreau. On average, the production of Chateau La Confession is 2,500 cases per year.
When to Drink Chateau La Confession, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Chateau La Confession is much better with at least 7-9 years of aging in good vintages. Young vintages can be decanted for 1-2 hours or more. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume.
Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau La Confession offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 8-22 years of age after the vintage.
Serving Chateau La Confession with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Chateau La Confession is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.
Chateau La Confession is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, and grilled dishes. Chateau La Confession is also good when matched with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, and pasta.
Jean Philippe Janoueix owns several wines from vineyards in the Right Bank including Chateau La Croix St. Georges and Sacre Coeur in Pomerol, Croix Mouton, and 20 Mille as well as Cap St. George from St. Georges St. Emilion.
Château La Confession Wine Tasting Notes
19 Vintages 105,499 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
|2020||Château La Confession (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Dark in color, the wine shows off its licorice, black cherry, wet earth, flower and spearmint centric nose with little effort. Lush, round and polished, with silky tannins and sweet, ripe, soft, pure fruits, licorice and toasty oak on the palate and in the finish. This will be even better with 5 years of age. 93-95 Pts
1,183 Views Tasted May 20, 2021
|2019||Château La Confession (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
With good color, the wine opens with a nose filled with smoke, espresso, plum liqueur and raspberries. Medium-bodied, fresh and vibrant, with a finish packed with juicy red fruits and toasty oak, give this some time in the cellar, at least 5 years or more, to get the most of it. 92-94 Pts
3,142 Views Tasted Jun 8, 2020
|2018||Château La Confession (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Quite floral in nature, from there you find espresso, smoke, licorice, stone and dark red fruits. Supple, plush and polished with richness to the ripe fruits and crushed stone in the finish, wait a few years and it is really going to show well. The wine was made from a blend of 73% Merlot and 27% Cabernet Franc. 94 Points
759 Views Tasted Mar 9, 2021
Round and with aromas of just picked fruits, you'll also find flowers, licorice and a touch of smoke. On the palate, the lush cherries feel great with round tannins and supple textures. The wine was made from a blend of 73% Merlot and 27% Cabernet Franc. 92-94 Pts
2,059 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
|2017||Château La Confession (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Licorice, wet earth, espresso bean and dark, smoky cherries are front and center. It is a touch oaky on the mouth but redeemed with loads of ripe, red fruits, licorice and salty tannins. Allow a few years for the oak to further integrate and this beauty will come together nicely. The wine was made from a blend of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc. Due to the frost and a more stringent selection of fruit, close to 70% of the harvest was lost this year. 92 Points
1,915 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2018
|2016||Château La Confession (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Flowers, licorice, smoke and espresso notes are in the nose. On the palate, the wine is soft, lush, sweet, opulently textured and full bodied. The polished tannins, ripe fruits, spice and earth mingle well on your palate. The wine was made with 72% Merlot and 28% Cabernet Franc. 93 Points
2,336 Views Tasted Sep 21, 2019
Espresso, smoke, licorice and ripe black fruits create the nose. The wine is lush, sweet, opulently textured and full bodied. The polished tannins, ripe fruits, spice and earth mingle well on your palate. The wine was made with 72% Merlot and 28% Cabernet Franc. 93 Points
2,466 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|2015||Château La Confession (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Wet earth, smoke, espresso, herbs and red berries are perfectly matched with the round, soft textured, sweet, red fruits that hit your palate. Silky, round and polished, give it at least 5 years in the cellar before popping a cork. 93 Points
3,860 Views Tasted May 21, 2018
Close to the 2005 in quality, the wine is silky, sensuous and polished, with round tannins and ripe berries. Once the oak further integrates, this will be a beauty! 93 Points
3,392 Views Tasted Jul 12, 2017
Silky, round and polished with a sweetness to the dark red fruits, licorice, espresso and spring flowers, coupled with velvety tannins, this a quite a charmer. 92 - 94 Pts 93 Points
3,217 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2016
|2014||Château La Confession (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Blackberry and vanilla on the nose, supple textures in the mouth with a soft, sweet, fleshy, low acid, licorice and plum finish. Blending 69% Merlot with 31% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.6% alcohol. 91-93 Pts
4,342 Views Tasted Apr 27, 2015
|2013||Château La Confession (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
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
2,706 Views Tasted Apr 28, 2014
|2012||Château La Confession (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Ruby in color, with licorice, black cherry, earth and herbs on the nose, the wine is supple, lush and forward, with a sweet, cherry core in the finish. 91 Points
2,214 Views Tasted May 15, 2015
76% Merlot with 24% Cabernet Franc produced a wine packed with jammy plums, earth and spice with and lush textures with a bit of chalk in the finish. 88-91 Pts
2,983 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2013
|2011||Château La Confession (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Smooth, soft, forward and approachable, the chocolate and espresso scents pair well the fresh black raspberry fruit. Round in texture and forward, this is going to drink well on release. 90 Points
2,026 Views Tasted May 20, 2014
From 69% Merlot and 31% Cabernet Franc, the wine offers coffee, licorice, cherry and oak. Supple and round, ripe black raspberry, vanilla, licorice and coffee can be found in the finish. 90-91 Pts
2,981 Views Tasted Apr 24, 2012
|2010||Château La Confession (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Smoke, licorice, chocolate and black cherry notes make up the perfume. On the palate the wine is lush, forward and fleshy, ending with round, polished, sweet black fruits and cocoa. 93 Points
5,111 Views Tasted May 7, 2013
La Confession 71% Merlot and 29% Cabernet Franc form the assemblage that came in at 14.7% alcohol that will be aged in 40% cigar shaped barrels. Deep ruby in color, the wine offers oak, blackberry, licorice and stone aromas. Fleshy in texture, this soft, ripe wine is filled with licorice, black cherry, spice and mocha. 91-93 Pts
7,272 Views Tasted Apr 22, 2011
|2009||Château La Confession (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Showing secondary notes of tobacco, spice, espresso and smoky, red fruits, the wine is round textured, soft and plush. This is a good time to start opening this plummy charmer 92 Points
2,232 Views Tasted Sep 20, 2019
Smoke, coffee, licorice, stone, blackberry and earth, ripe, round, modern in style, this needs a few more years before it’s ready to enjoy. 92 Points
5,672 Views Tasted May 1, 2012
2009 La Confession, 68% merlot and 32% cabernet franc, is dense, rich, fat, and mouth filling. The wine finishes with licorice coated plums and blackberries. 91-93 Pts
5,471 Views Tasted Jun 28, 2010
|2008||Château La Confession (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Showing secondary notes of tobacco, wet earth, licorice and forest floor on the nose, the wine delivers a sense of minerality along with sweet, ripe, red fruits, soft textures and a touch of oak in the finish. You can drink this now, as it is in its prime-time drinking window. 92 Points
2,379 Views Tasted Sep 17, 2018
Deep ruby in color, with lightening around the edges, licorice, black cherry, truffle, coffee and smoke aromas are easy to find. Soft, voluptuous textures and a sweet, candied, black cherry and plum liqueur finish distinguish the wine. It should drink well young. 92 Points
4,880 Views Tasted Oct 23, 2011
08 Château La Confession could end up being better than their 2005. From limestone, clay, and sandy soils, the large amount of cabernet franc, 34%, with the rest merlot, makes a stylish, rich, complex wine. Licorice, black fruit, minerals, and oak bring on the perfume. Fleshy in the mouth, full bodied and filled with fruit, this complex wine finishes with a big load of ripe, round black fruits. 92-94 Pts
5,532 Views Tasted Jul 1, 2009
|2006||Château La Confession (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Showing a mature color; the wine offers a developed secondary nose, and a medium/full bodied, silky, round, cocoa, licorice and black cherry finish. 91 Points
3,055 Views Tasted May 25, 2016
|2005||Château La Confession (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Truffle, smoke, tobacco, plum, vanilla bean, coffee and wild strawberry on the nose. The wine is soft, round and ready to drink, with a soft, supple textured, fresh, sweet cherry finish. This is ready to drink. 92 Points
3,328 Views Tasted Jun 28, 2015
This was the first vintage where Jean-Philippe Janoueix warmed the barrels before placing the wine in them, allowing for a more gentle extraction with no shock to the grapes. That technique paid off as this is a stellar bottle of Bordeaux wine. Great color, a rich palate, ample concentration, elegance and complex aromatics make up the recipe for this wine. The wine ends with a long silky, dark berry finish 94 Points
6,266 Views Tasted Jun 9, 2010
|2004||Château La Confession (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Lush, round and packed with sweet, black cherries, truffles, licorice and floral notes, this is ready to drink. 90 Points
2,927 Views Tasted Nov 30, 2014
This offers ripe fruit, freshness and an array of plum, licorice and dark berry flavors. The elegant finish makes this wine a pleasure to drink. I would probably enjoy this on the young side to preserve the freshness. 90 Points
2,523 Views Tasted Jun 9, 2008
|2003||Château La Confession (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
The roasted, smoky flavors, herbs, black fruit, stone are licorice get you wanting to know more about this elegant, round wine that is drinking great today. There is no need to wait to try it, if you own any. 92 Points
2,125 Views Tasted Jun 9, 2008
|2002||Château La Confession (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Already fully mature, this medium bodied wine lacks the levels of ripeness and depth found in later vintages 88 Points
2,488 Views Tasted Jun 9, 2008
|2001||Château La Confession (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
This is the debut vintage for the new owner, Jean-Philippe Janoueix. Already showing signs of full maturity with developed aromatics. Herbs, spice, earth and red fruit are the characteristics of this wine. This property did not start producing outstanding wines until the sublime 2005. Drink up as it's not going to improve. 89 Points
2,657 Views Tasted Jun 9, 2008