extraprima Graves and Péssac-Léognan rouge | Bordeaux2018 93 – 94 LATOUR-MARTILLAC Péssac-Léognan rouge Parker 93 – 95 | Suckling 93 – 94 | At Latour-Martillac, the qualities of red and white have been increased in recent years. In 2018, 37 hl per hectare was harvested, and the red Grand Vin consists of 60 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 32 % Merlot, and 8 % Petit Verdot with a hot 14.7 % alcohol. Dark color. The Latour-Martillac has a youthful, dull nose with liqueur top notes, chalky nuances in the core aroma, and racy fruit. Firm and clear in the mouth, the Latour-Martillac produces plenty of pressure and richness with dark-berry-liqueurcherry fruit, full-bodied, and fleshy. It is not very complex but profound and racy. The solid tannins of the Latour-Martillac have tension and style; overall, it has a good balance and is not quite as long in the finish. 47 93 – 94 LA LOUVIÈRE Péssac-Léognan rouge Parker 92 – 94 | Suckling 92 – 93 | At La Louvière 43 hl per hectare were harvested, the Grand Vin consists of 60 % Cabernet Sauvignon and 40 % Merlot and is aged in 30 – 40 % new barrels. Dark color kernel, purple rim. Open, intense dark-berry fruit in the nose, with lots of juice, some oak influence, and good depth; it is worked from one piece. Melty, juicy, powerful, and quite round, the La Louvière presents itself in the mouth, viscous, with delicate length and good tension. Deep, fresh, and with well-structured tannins, it has a punchy full-bodied midpalate with plenty of extracts and slightly dry aftertaste. 93 – 94 LE PETIT HAUT LAFITTE Péssac-Léognan rouge Parker 90 – 92 | Suckling 92 – 93 | Le Petit Haut Lafite is an outstanding second wine. It consists of 60 % Cabernet Sauvignon and 40 % Merlot with 13.5 % alcohol and ages in 20 % new barrels. Massive, viscous color. Dense fruit in the smell with enormously full concentration, dark-berry aroma, and high intensity. Tight and fresh in the mouth, the Le Petit Haut Lafite shows a meaty, full-bodied core with great spice and breed, as well as good length. It is not offered en primeur. 92 – 93 LE CLARENCE DE HAUT-BRION Péssac-Léognan rouge Parker 92 – 94 | Suckling 94 – 95 | Le Clarence de Haut-Brion consists of 58.2 % Merlot, 9.7 % Cabernet Franc, 28.5 % Cabernet Sauvignon and 3.6 % Petit Verdot. It has a darker color kernel, is fleshier and rounder than the La Chapelle de La Mission Haut-Brion, with subtle acidity, lots of pressure and core, lovely cherry fruit and fine-grained tannins. Broad, with good energy. 92 – 93 LE CLÉMENTIN DE PAPE-CLÉMENT Péssac-Léognan rouge Suckling 94 – 95 | The Clémentin de Pape-Clément consists of 50 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 49 % Merlot, and 1 % Petit Verdot. With a lot of intensity, a broad, intensive tannin structure, a lot of pressure, and freshness, the concentrated Clémentin characterizes itself with a dark-berry, fruity presence. Somewhat monolithic and with limited creaminess. 92 – 93 ELIXIR DU GRAND ENCLOS Graves rouge The Elixir du Grand Enclos is the top cuvée of Grand Enclos de Cérons in Graves. Dark-berried, dense, completely wrapped in spicy coffee notes and finest toasted oak in the nose. Its nose appears entirely in one piece, very subtle, with discreet sweetness, fresh and confused at the same time, profound and multi-faceted. Densely woven, very creamy, with haptic fullness and juicy core-aroma, structured with spices such as cloves, cinnamon, and juniper, which merge with caramel sweetness, tar, and licorice to form a whole. Very powerful, with finely arranged acidity, orange peel in the finish, and the most elegant tannins, which mate with the fresh wood. Outstanding, racy cuvée with a unique character and delicate sensuality. 92 – 93 LARRIVET-HAUT-BRION Péssac-Léognan rouge Parker 91 – 93 | Suckling 92 – 93 | At Larrivet Haut-Brion 35 hl were harvested per hectare, the Grand Vin consists of 50 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 20 % Cabernet Franc and 30 % Merlot with 13.6 % alcohol and aged in 100 % new barrels. Dark color, brightening rim. Unusually red fruit, delicate and Burgundian at the beginning, the Larrivet Haut- Brion smells with fine herbal spice and gentle extraction. Tight and firm, it shows itself articulately fuller and more structured in the mouth than the nose suggests. Slightly stiff, dull, and dry, with an empty finish, the Larrivet Haut-Brion has to come to terms with the new oak.
Bordeaux2018 | Graves and Péssac-Léognan rouge extraprima 48 92 – 93 MALARTIC-LAGRAVIÈRE Péssac-Léognan rouge Parker 92 – 94 | Suckling 93 – 94 | Thirty-five hectoliters per hectare were harvested at Malartic-Lagravière. The Grand Vin was composed of 57 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 36 % Merlot, 4 % Petit Verdot, and 3 % Cabernet Franc. It reached 13.5 % alcohol and ages in 70 % new barrels. Black color, viscous. Sweet, extraordinarily liqueur-like and full in the nose, a bit dull and vegetal, a lot of wood and richness, very present, with abundant fruit. Powerful, full-bodied and opulent on the palate, youthful astringency and almost bitter, with ripe fruit, slightly confused and dull, less freshness, but with soft finish. Still seems a bit indifferent. 92 – 93 OLIVIER Péssac-Léognan rouge Parker 92 – 94 | Suckling 92 – 93 Despite some mildew, at Olivier, 40 hl per hectare were able to be harvested. The Grand Vin consists of 50 % Merlot, 46 % Cabernet Sauvignon and 4 % Petit Verdot. It has a handsome 14.9 % alcohol and ages in 33 % new barrels. The Olivier has a massive color, sweet nose with full-bodied character, very offensive, with warm aromas and lots of oak. Dense and racy in the mouth, it has a lot of juice and body with little flow despite fleshy dull tannins. The Olivier is currently somehow broad and superficial. Maybe the sample was taken out of new barrels, because of the evident oak aroma. 91 – 92 CLOS MARSALETTE Péssac-Léognan rouge Suckling 89 – 90 | Count Stephan von Neipperg continuously raises the qualities of his wines. 42 hl per hectare were harvested at Clos Marsalette. The red Clos Marsalette offers immense drinking pleasure. It consists of 55 % Cabernet Sauvignon and 45 % Merlot, and ages with 13.5 % alcohol in 45 % new barrels. Liqueur-like sweetness, ripe and massive, dark-berried and fresh, the Clos Marsalette is very inviting. Lush and with lots of juice and spice, it is very meaty, fruity, and equipped with saturated, rounded tannins, and good length. 91 – 92 DOMAINE DE LA SOLITUDE Péssac-Léognan rouge Parker 90 – 92 | Suckling 93 – 94 | Olivier Bernard of the Domaine de Chevalier also operates the Domaine de la Solitude. Black color. Dark berry, fresh and fullbodied, 2018 shows tremendous intensity. Keep an eye! 91 – 92 FERRAND Péssac-Léognan rouge Parker 87 – 89 | Suckling 90 – 91 | At Ferrand, a whopping 54.75 hl were harvested per hectare. The Grand Vin has 13 % alcohol and was composed in a 60/40 ratio of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Dark color. Discrete nose with, chocolaty scents and dark-berry aromatic. With chocolate and cherry, it also starts in the mouth, very powerful, with lots of juice and breed and limited length. 91 – 92 LE PAPE Péssac-Léognan rouge Parker 91 – 93 | Suckling 92 – 93 Haut-Bailly’s sister-estate had to withstand a storm during flowering, which led to coulure. The assemblage is composed of 80 % Merlot and 20 % Cabernet Sauvignon with 14.6 % alcohol. 30 % age in new barrels, the color is dark and viscous. Sweet, juicy, and much more opulent than usual, the nose of Le Pape presents itself very inviting. Solid and full-bodied in the mouth, quite round meaty, with lots of juice and breed, it has a strong structure. Luscious, fat, and classy, it is long and fresh on the palate; in the finish, the alcohol flashes up a little. Château Olivier 91 – 92 BOUSCAUT Péssac-Léognan rouge Parker 89 – 91 | Suckling 91 – 92 | At Bouscaut, 42 hl per hectare were harvested. 58 % Merlot, 36 % Cabernet Sauvignon and 6 % Malbec aged in 40 % new barrels. Bright color. Spicy nose with dark fruit. It is tightly structured in the mouth, with dull tannins, firm, with a fleshy midpalate, creamy body, and rounded fruit, low acidity, and rich aftertaste. 91 – 92 LA CHAPELLE DE LA MISSIONHAUT-BRION Péssac-Léognan rouge Parker 91 – 93 | Suckling 93 – 94 | La Chapelle de La Mission Haut-Brion consists of 40.8 % Merlot, 51.6 % Cabernet Sauvignon and 7.6 % Cabernet Franc. Dense and intense, with beautiful, rich fruit, lots of meat and breed, slightly pointing acidity. It has a compact tannin structure with a lot of juice, is full-bodied, with cherry-like aromas, quite fresh, and bright, it has a slightly rough course towards the finish. 91 – 92 PICQUE-CAILLOU Péssac-Léognan rouge Parker 91 – 93 | Suckling 89 – 90 | The Picque Caillou consists of 60 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 30 % Merlot and 10 % Petit Verdot with 13.5 % alcohol, aged in one-third of new barrels. Sweet, voluptuous, and slightly dull, the Picque-Caillou presents itself very full, somewhat simplistic, and lifted. A little hollow in the finish, it still has a beautiful, liqueur-like aftertaste. 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
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