Domaine de Chevalier

Smoky, oaky nose, a touch stemmy with blackberry jam over cedary toast – good wild berry fruit up front, nice balance, soft tannin, good acid, tannins are a bit peppery, good length, crisp fruit on finish, hint of bitter tannin. (87-88)   

Chateau De Fieuzal

Earthy and lightly funky on the nose with integrated wood offsetting soft small red berried fruits – round in the mouth, very soft tannins, good bright red berry fruit, red currant, red raspberry a bit lean perhaps, but fresh and finely balanced, modest length. (87-88)   

Chateau La Louviere

Perfumy nose redolent of spicy French oak with undercurrents of dried meats and sweet red fruits – sweet entry with a very polished mouthfeel, fine balance, smooth with ripe fruit, ripe tannins, and well integrated supporting acids, spicy wood tones on the moderately long finish.  (91-92)

Chateau Larrivet-Haut Brion

Smoky and earthy on the nose with herbaceous tones giving this a stemmy quality and leathery notes to the fruit – elevated acids make this tart, light bodied, a bit neutral on the palate, soft tannins, clean finish, fairly fruity, stemmy tannins, a bit short, obviously quite fruit driven. (85-86) 

Chateau LaTour-Martillac

Toasty, roast herb, leather, hint of barnyard, dried grasses and wildflowers, a bit of chalk – highish acid but with covering fruit, a bit chunky, very black currant, soft tannin, nice mouthfeel and mid-palate weight, crisp tannin on the finish with good length. (89-90) 

Chateau Les Carmes Haut-Brion

Woody, cedary, yet soil driven nose, notes of talc, flowers and gingerbread add some complexity – light bodied, bright, a touch simple, quite floral with astringent red fruit tones in the mouth, minty finish is a bit short. (85-86)

Chateau Malartic Lagraviere

Hugely herbaceous nose, Cabernet driven, black, gravel and even some tomato- a bit blocky in the mouth, structured and balanced with nice density and weight, but not much detail, tight, finish is short, should improve. (85-86)

Chateau Olivier

Subtle yet complex on the nose with smoky tones intertwined with slightly herbaceous black fruit and backing notes of oak spice – bright, a touch shrill, transparent, quite red fruited but with hard acids and a compact chalky finish. (85-86)

Chateau Pape Clement

Rather intense nose full of wood, butcher’s wax, talc, cream, and rich floral perfumes – plush in the mouth, very finely polished tannins, deep, aromatic fruit, a bit small scaled but with excellent balance, nice tannins are firm but ripe, shows real focus and drive across the palate, good length and fruit persistence. (91-92)

Chateau Picque Caillou

Bitter greens on the nose, raw wood with dusty, stony underlay and some tomato top notes – nice round feel, well balanced, integrated acids and tannins, small scaled but fresh with a bright fruit character, a bit creamy on the back end, short, tight finish. (87-88)   

Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte

Cedary, oaky and toasty on the nose slick in the mouth, almost silky, tight and shallow, closed with no mid-palate or finish.  (81-82) 

Tasted later at the Chateau with more detailed notes – please see the wine detail page