Monday, 16 May 2011. Tasting led by Fabrice Dubordieu.
2008 Ch Reynon Rouge, Premiere Cotes de Bordeaux.
Blend: 88% Merl0t, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petit Verd0t.
Fruit forward and dominated, crushed berries, sweet; quite aromatic, some high notes, white pepper. Palate is full, good tannic structure but still rather grainy; some grip, needs softening. Fresh acidity. Not as big a mid palate, decent finish.
2008 Ch Haura Rouge, Graves.
Cabernet Sauvignon dominted blend.
Lovely dark berries and cassis; woody, earthy and ashen tones, perhaps cedar and licorice. Fresh acidity, more muscular, slightly bigger on themid palate, more rough edges. Tannin still grainy, needs time.
2008 Clos Floridene Rouge, Graves
Approx 70% Cabernet Sauvignon but grown on clay and limestone, which is unusual, hence the atypicity of the tasting note.
Ripe currants, nice crushed berries, there's even some minerality. Palate is well rounded, quite luscious and lush, plenty of acid, really fresh and vibrant, nice tension. Fantastic mouthfeel, soft and balanced, really atypical for Bordeaux. Showed beautifully; seductive, Burgundian even.
2009 Ch Reynon Blanc
Blend 85% Sauvignon Blanc, 15% Semillon.
Wonderfully floral, citrus and grape fruit dominated; nice tangy notes, some minerality, chalky. Fantastic mouthfeel, decent width, nice fullness, acidity not aggressive. Focused, mature, precise. Not showy.
2009 Ch Doisy Daene Grand Vin Sec, Barsac.
Blend 81% Sauvignon Blanc, 19% Semillon. All barrel fermented, 20% new oak.
Blossoms, white floral; plenty of citrus, so much white stone fruits, peaches; also chalky flint, mineral. The nose is superb, balanced. Palate has focused fruit expression; its not massive, but sustained. Love the style, mature, grown up. Very attractive and poised. My favourite wine of the night.
2009 Clos Floridene Blanc, Graves.
Blend 60% Semillon, 40% Sauvignon Blanc. All barrel fermented, a third new oak for Semillon only.
Citrus dominated, maybe some grape fruit, nose rather muted and closed; you've got to work at it. Textured mouthfeel, fuller, much more filing on the palate; its definitely a food wine. Stone fruit is there, some minerality too, acid not aggressive. Probably would age gracefully, but drinking well now.
2008 Ch Cantegril
Honeyed, acacia, candied fruits, plenty floral, lifted expressive, forward and bold. Good texture, nice pith and bitterness coming from botrytis, like grapefruit bitterness, not overly sweet, acid light. Overall its vibrant and fresh. Its very together, delivers a fantastic package, decent length. Its apparently half the price of Ch Doisy Daene, and in this tasting at least, is virtually undistinguishable from its more illustrious compatriot. Great value.
2008 Ch Doisy Daene, Barsac 2er Cru.
Very similar nose, almost a copy of the Cantegril. Palate is more textured, layered and concentrted - but only slightly. Maybe a bit more depth and finish, of anything slightly more bitter at the back. Vibrant, fresh. Shockingly similar to the Cantegril - I would probably have difficulty picking one from the other if tasted blind.
1982 Ch Doisy Daene, Barsac 2er Cru.
(no rating as wine was faulty)
Golden in colour, age shows. Nose of mostly honey and candied fruits; some musty and damp, ashen. Palate isn't fully sweet, rather subdued, slightly ashen. There is some fruit on the initial palate but dies very quickly thereafter. I suspect there is a fault on this wine as it tastes rather knackered; I could not get a taste from another bottle. So unfortunate.