Two Standouts for Today (and Tomorrow)

2007 Château Maucaillou
Perfumed nutty oak on the nose with notes of violet pastille, black olive, aromatic roots, char and black fruit – nicely ripe in the mouth, moderately rich, balanced and focused with ripe tannins and nice supple acids that still offer excellent support, good depth of fruit, nice powerful finish, clear long notes of black fruit, spice and earth. Really well done.

2007 Château Chasse-Spleen
Nicely aromatic with soil, tobacco, black currant and subtle smoky dried chile tones - full and smooth in the mouth, rather rich with black fruit, full ripe tannins, integrated acids, a touch of mineral, mint and a touch of wood on the moderately long finish.

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Chateau Clarke

Warm and subtle on the nose with lightly spicy, light woody black fruits – sweet fruit on entry, simple, astringent tannins, pure black currant fruit, a bit soft though and ungenerous, woody, raw finish. (83-84)

Chateau Fourcas Dupre
Herbaceous with a sweet edge, violet pastille, a bit gravelly, lightly fruited nose – ripe entry, medium-bodied, minerally mid-palate, nice balance, small but stiff tannins, really nice weight with good power and follow through, if a touch rustic. (87-88)

Chateau Fourcas Hosten
Herbaceous, gravelly, earthy, a touch minty – rich in the mouth, ripe fruit, ripe tannins, a touch dry and earthy/leathery on the mid-palate, plenty of ripe yet not sweet black fruit, a touch low amplitude in the mouth, rustic finish. (85-86)

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Chateau Chasse Spleen

Nicely aromatic with soil, tobacco, black currant and subtle smoky dried chile tones – full and smooth in the mouth, rather rich with black fruit, full ripe tannins, integrated acids, a touch of mineral, mint and a touch of wood on the moderately long finish. (89-90)

Chateau Maucaillou
Perfumed nutty oak on the nose with notes of violet pastille, black olive, aromatic roots, char and black fruit – nicely ripe in the mouth, moderately rich, balanced and focused with ripe tannins and nice supple acids that still offer excellent support, good depth of fruit, nice powerful finish, clear long notes of black fruit, spice and earth, really well done. (91-92)

Chateau Poujeaux
Herbaceous and earthy with notes of blond tobacco, subtly sweetly fruited – a bit soft up front, nice purity to the mineral-tinged black currant fruit, a bit simple but fullish and savory, slightly dry finish. (85-86)

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Chateau Beaumont
Herbaceous, cigarbox, herbal, even a touch of rose petal – soft and juicy, ripe tannins, ripe feel though shallow on the mid-palate, not a lot of flavor, short finish. (77-78)

Chateau Belgrave
A bit muted on the nose, subtle floral and meaty tones – moderately rich, a touch drying, big structure, lots of ripe tannin, extracted but not overdone, powerful mid-palate, savory finish, good length, dark, meaty fruit. (89-90)

Chateau Camensac
Very smoky nose, a touch creamy, with brambly fruit and lots of raw wood – soft entry, rigid and raw mid-palate, tannin and acid integrates with air, savory edge to the barely ripe clack currant fruit, a bit shrill. (81-82)

Chateau Cantemerle

Slightly smoky and a touch sweet on the nose with layered notes of balsam, dried meat, dried black raspberry fruit – sweet entry then a bit drying, savory mid-palate, rich and fairly ripe fruit but with a bit of a raw oak edge, nice fruit builds on the finish but the tannins remain a bit obtrusive. (87-88)

Chateau Citran
Woodsy, spicy nose with touches of bell pepper, white pepper, and wild berries – chunky and raw in the mouth, high acids, hard tannins, savory tannins, lacks fruit, finishes abruptly. (77-78)

Chateau Coufran
Sweet fruity nose with notes of clay soil, herb and bay leaf adding complexity – smooth entry, clear fruit, tannins a touch drying, a bit compressed in the mouth and moreso on the backend, nice fruit with a vegetal tinge, finishes a bit short but with good, clear fresh fruit. (87-88)

Chateau de Lamarque

Tobacco and bacon fat on the rather complex, pungent, and savory nose – smooth, polished entry, nice fruit with slightly nutty tannins, a touch minty and green herby accents to the fruit, black spice and licorice on the moderately long, slightly medicinal finish -- an interesting wine. (87-88)

Chateau La Lagune
Green tobacco, green peppercorn, fine oak, slightly jammy red currant/red raspberry fruit – smooth in the mouth but flat with a veneer of fruit over toasty oak, quite mocha/coffee toned, a bit hard and ungenerous. (85-86)

Chateau La Tour Carnet
Raw wood, woodsy, balsam on the nose, tight and foursquare in the mouth, ungenerous, dry, hard, lean finish. This is a tight little bugger that should improve. (85-86)

Chateau Malescasse
Nicely aromatic with notes of bacon fat, blackberry, black pepper, leather, and a touch of roast meat – very smooth entry, nice wild berry fruits, nicely managed and well integrated tannins, fruit is layered and juicy, covering the soft tannins on the moderately long finish (89-90)

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Chateau Greysac

Treebark, blackberry jam and a touch of woodsy spice on the nose – a bit extracted feeling, hard tannins, not enough flesh, some fruit, quite savory and a touch minty. (83-84)