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Extraprima Bordeaux 2018 Catalog english version

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extraprima Saint-Estèphe | Bordeaux2018 Saint-Estèphe 97 – 98 CALON-SÉGUR Saint-Estèphe Parker 96 – 98 | Suckling 98 – 98 | WeinWisser 19 + /20 Only 50 of Calon-Ségur’s 55 hectares are currently planted, and 45 are in production. This can be traced back to the comprehensive restructuration program that Madame Gasqueton in 2006 initiated together with the technical director Vincent Millet. Because the original vineyards were all planted with a classical low density of vines, furthermore many died rootstocks were taken out. So the average age of the vines today is about 22 years. In recent vintages, Vincent Millet has dramatically increased quality. The new cellar offers room for more precision, which can be clearly seen in 2018. Luckily there was not much mildew, and because of clay in the subsoils, the vines were able to survive the dry phase well. Only 40 % of the production went into the Grand Vin, which consists of 65 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 17 % Merlot, 15 % Cabernet Franc and 3 % Petit Verdot. The Calon-Ségur is aged in 100 % new barrels and reached 14.9 % alcohol, which by no means can be tasted or felt in the wine at all. Brilliant, solid color. Very sweet and offensive in the smell, highly aromatic and intense. In the mouth, Calon-Ségur carries great spiciness, lots of juice, and a racy, broad structure. Despite the high Cabernet share it belongs opulent and rich, with a saturated Merlot-velvety and intense red berry-cherry fruit, that is fat and dominant. Substantial length, extremely deep, and with excellent creaminess, this vintage has a very own character for Calon-Ségur, which reminds not very much of Saint-Estèphe due to its round nature. 96 – 97 MONTROSE Saint-Estèphe Parker 96 – 98 | Suckling 98 – 99 | WeinWisser 19.5/20 Due to the damp weather during flowering, Montrose had a lot of coulure (uneven insemination of the berries). 65 % of the vines are managed organically, so the mildew was also an issue on Montrose. Fortunately, there was no drought, but there were also some dried-out berries here and there (passerilage). In the end, only 25 hl per hectare were harvested from the 17 th of September to the 5 th of October, of which about 50 % found its way into the Grand Vin. It consists of 72 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 20 % Merlot, 6 % Cabernet Franc and 2 % Petit Verdot, aged in 60 % new barrels with 14.5 % alcohol. Dark, viscous color. Rich, dark-berryscented, compacted, and voluminous the 2018 Montrose smells on a cool side, yet it does not seem heavy or overly sweet as in a hot vintage. In the mouth, it has a round, creamy texture, with a dark berry fruit component, chocolate, tar, licorice, and coffee swings aswell within. Tight on the palate, with lots of intensity, long and spicy, full-bodied, and punchy, the Montrose shows a lot of style as usual. Everything is perfectly arranged, seems polished and elegant, sweet, compact, and with excellent length. A little more laxity and naturalness might give him more style and accessibility. 23 97 – 98 COS DESTOURNEL Saint-Estèphe Parker 97 – 100 | Suckling 98 – 99 | WeinWisser 18.5/20 At Cos d’Estournel only 30 hl per hectare were harvested due to the common problems of the vintage. Because of the drought in summer, the berries of the Cabernet Sauvignon were extremely small and with little juice. In contrast, the proportion of skin in the must was quite high, which had to be extracted more gently. Therefore a sure instinct was needed. Harvested from the 19 th of September to the 6 th of October, the Grand Vin consists of 74 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 23 % Merlot, 2 % Cabernet Franc and 1 % Petit Verdot. It ages in 50 % new barrels and reached 14.6 % alcohol. Black color, with high-density and a huge amount of dark-berry, rich and cool fruit, the Cos d’Estournel boasts an impressive nose. Meaty, deep, and long, it has a big extraction in the mouth, very full-bodied, with lots of intensity, noble dark-berry fruit, and great breed. The fine-grained tannins are very elegant and deeply structured with cool finesse and very good length. Interestingly enough, the Cos d’Estournel has significantly more Cabernet flavor in its aroma than the Calon-Ségur. 94 – 95 CAPBERN Saint-Estèphe Parker 91 – 93 | Suckling 92 – 93 | The Capbern-Meyney-Festival in Saint-Estèphe continues. Easily, in the vintage quartet 2015 – 2018, these two Châteaux dominate the top of the Cru Bourgeois! Capbern 2018 consists of 62 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 37 % Merlot, and 1 % Petit Verdot with 14.6 % alcohol. Of the 38 hectares of vineyards only 29 are in production with an average age of 17 years; the yield was 41 hl per hectare. The Capbern has a dark color. It presents a rich, powerful, velvety, and full-bodied, luscious nose with terrific sweetness. Saturated, taut, and crystal clear, it starts in the mouth and is just as powerful with racy tannins and a lot of tension as the nose was promising. A great effort and an unbelievably cheap Bordeaux for which there is hardly any competitively comparable wine in any other winegrowing area! Ratings in red and all descriptions by Thomas Boxberger © 2019. Other ratings: Suckling = James Suckling | Parker = Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate Translation of the wine descriptions: Thomas Boxberger and Leo Constantin von Schaabner

Bordeaux2018 | Saint-Estèphe extraprima 24 94 – 95 MEYNEY Saint-Estèphe Parker 89 – 91 | Suckling 95 – 96 | WeinWisser 18/20 The Capbern-Meyney-Festival in Saint-Estèphe continues. Easily, in the vintage quartet 2015 – 2018, these two Châteaux dominate the top of the Cru Bourgeois! The Meyney again has a dark, massive color, for which the Petit Verdot is not entirely innocent. Rich and sweet in the smell, with wonderfully fresh fruit and high concentration, which is reflected in liqueur top notes, massive and strongly compacted. Tight and pithy in the mouth, with a lot of intensity, this meaty explosive Meyney has an excellent dark berry-richness. Sweet elder, graphite, and tar are found in concentrated finish, profound, multilayered, and long. This is simply a fantastic inexpensive and long-lasting Saint-Estèphe, that is full of character. Lesser Grand Crus of the Médoc seem to have a problem matching this wine in recent vintages. 93 – 94 COS LABORY Saint-Estèphe Parker 92 – 94 | Suckling 92 – 93 | While Cos Labory used to be dominated by indifferent dull notes, the past few years have repeatedly caught attention, as in 2018! It was harvested from the 24 th of September to the 3 rd of October with only 25 hl per hectare. At 14.2 %, the alcohol remained relatively decent despite a high Merlot content of 44 %, which was supplemented in the assemblage by 46 % Cabernet Sauvignon and 10 % Petit Verdot. The Grand Vin ages in 50 % new barrels. Dark, viscous color with purple rim. It shows a decent nose with dark-berried aromas, tar, licorice, and a lot of power in the background. Tight and firm in the mouth, very compact in its appearance, fresh and crispy, very well structured, concentrated, and racy, with fine acidity and a lot of grip on the palate. The taut tannins are slightly rough but abundant and long, bringing a good extra sweetness to the finish. 93 – 94 ORMES DE PEZ Saint-Estèphe Parker 90 – 92 | Suckling 93 – 94 | WeinWisser 17.5/20 The 2018 Ormes de Pez is an inspiring wine. It consists of 50 % Merlot, 41 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 7 % Cabernet Franc and 2 % Petit Verdot, aged in 45 % new barrels with 14.6 % alcohol. The measured tannin content is extremely high, with an IPT of 84. Massive, dark color, viscous. It smells of dark, compacted, fresh fruits, ink, tar, and liquorice, quite cool and intense, with a liqueur sweetness in the top note. Powerful and with enormous pressure in the first impression, it tastes like dark berries, such as rich cassis fruit and with sweet liqueur in the aftertaste. Very racy and punchy on the tongue, it has a terrific depth, expands long, and is eternally sweetly in the finish. Very solid and seems to be made out of one piece, this Ormes de Pez has an outstandingly polished presence. 93 – 94 LAFON-ROCHET Saint-Estèphe Parker 90 – 92 | Suckling 93 – 94 64 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 26 % Merlot, 4 % Cabernet Franc and 6 % Petit Verdot were blended at Lafon-Rochet, reaching 14.5 % of alcohol. Harvested from the 24 th September to the 13 th October, the Grand Vin ended up with black color. Lafon-Rochet smells intensely of dark berries, offensive and spicy, with plenty of fruit and good depth. Tight, fleshy, and full on the palate, with a firm, dark fruit in the middle, it seems a bit austere and slightly hard. But Lafon-Rochet builds up a lot of pressure and depth towards the finish. Its compact tannins have a very good grip, are powerful, and are structured with a lot of race. 92 – 93 HAUT-MARBUZET Saint-Estèphe Parker 91 – 93 | Suckling 95 – 96 | WeinWisser 17/20 In three tastings, the Haut-Marbuzet showed very well, even if it did not reflect a lot of core-aroma. Nevertheless, it had liqueur notes and a pleasant sweetness in the aftertaste and on the edge of the tongue, accompanied by fine, cool-toned tannins, long, sublime, and distinguished. The fruit component seems a little bit hightoned, yet everything is dense and deep. The color is intense and incredibly viscous. It will be interesting to see how the Haut-Marbuzet will evolve after bottling.

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