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2016 Bordeaux Tasting Notes - Other Left Bank


Médoc/Haut Médoc/Other Left Bank



2016 Château Beaumont, Médoc
50CS; 47M; 3PV.
Rich and very dark nose of damson liqueur and spice. Quickly fresh; touch creamy. Wild spiced plums. Rich and richly ripely tannic. Dense structure. Spicy, rich and assertive grip. Really long. Excellent example.

2016 Château Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc
52CS; 39M; 5CF; 4PV. 13%abv.
Quite a high toned nose and a very cool one, offering very cool aromas of dew-fresh blackcurrants. The palate is direct, with tacky, upright, grippy tannins. Really quite backward. Rich and direct and lively. Very good. Fabulously busy finish. 

2016 Château Chasse Spleen, Moulis
50CS; 42M; 6PV; 2CF. 14%abv.
Smoky, funky dark nose of tangy black plum/damson fruit. Entry is creamy and plush then later offers fresh tang and grip. Tannin is rich and integrated. Medium bodied wine and a convincing one. Nicely fresh, dense and energetic.

2016 Château Ducluzeau, Listrac
N.B. 14%abv. 80M; 20CS
Purity of floral dark fruit about the nose. Pastille-like blackcurrant aromas. Very fresh plums, too. A pure wine of fresh and juicy grip. Long, with fine and tacky tannins and nice grippy sustain. Lively and incisive wine.

2016 Château Fonréaud, ListracStrikingly pungent nose of black gloral-scented blackcurrant tang. Smells perfumed. Creamy-cool and quite rich and spicy. Long and energetic. Rather like this rather forward wine. 

2016 Château Fourcas Borie, Listrac
14%abv. 68M; 21CS; 11PV
This is more reserved on the nose than the above. There's a chocolate wisp that comes with fresh plums. The palate is very quickly snappy and more upright, with wonderful vigour. Very fresh wine, with an arrow of direct intent at its core. There's something floral; mid-palate. Nutty, snappy tannins. Long and very direct, with a fabulous, mineral-laced finish.

2016 Château Goulée, Médoc
77M; 18CS; 5CF
Pure and rather lovely, tangy blackcurrant and plum nose: the fruit is fresh. Plus there's some slightly odd floral note that reminded me of washing up liquid a bit. Entry is clay-liken and plush, of plum fruit allied to fine, slightly earthy tannins. Fruit is red and black and nicely fresh. And the finish is nicely fresh and structured to a juicy death. I cannot remember liking Goulée more.

2016 Château La Lagune, Haut-Médoc
60CS; 35M; 5PV.Touch of the rose garden about this, as well as very dark plums and blackcurrants, nicely pure. Richly scented wine. Palate offers plush fruit of ripe blackcurrants up front. Long with limestone-smooth and integrated tannins emerging. Very long.2016 Château Potensac, Médoc
13.8%abv. 39CS; 44M; 15CF; 2PV
Nice plum fruit aromas - dark. Not a complex thing. A touch mineral smelling perhaps. And there's something high-toned. The ripe and rich entry becomes quickly fresh. The upright, incisive tannins are fresh and very present, albeit ripe. There's a sauvage aspect to the fruit mid-palate. Long with limestone texture. Nice enough.

 2016 Château Poujeaux, Moulis
60CS; 35M; 5PV. 13.8%abv. 83IPT.
Rich, polishy, wild dark plum fruit nose. Plus entry: almost fluffy. Then fresh and tacky with fresh, grippy tannin. Touch saline. Very long and incisive.

2016 Château La Tour Carnet, Haut-MédocA smoky nose, a touch rubbery, of very dark fruit aromas. Rich and a touch creamy. There are mineral rocks at the core of this wine. Long, and there's lots here. Swells in both size and structure. Very, very long and there's serious dimension to the finish. Do I really like the Magrez style, though?2016 Château Le Tour de By, MédocReally claret-y nose of red and blackcurrant fruit. A convincing, balanced and fresh wine of snappy, domestic bordeaux aromas. Plush supple entry then rich limestone, tacky, burly tannins. High grip. Assertive wine. Very long. 


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