Saint Emilion, Cotes de Bordeaux 2013 En Primeur

Chateau La Fleur Morange AOC Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classé 2013

Toasted pinenuts on the nose, suggests lightly toasted oak with touches of cloves and bitumen tar. The hint of tar on the nose is ramped up on the palate, as they have gone for full extraction, liquorice, and smoky bacon. I can see where they are going, and this has clear personality, but for me over the top for 2013. 86-87. Recommended. Drink 2018-2028.

 

Chateau Le Dome AOC Saint Emilion Grand Cru 2013

Lovely spicy white pepper on the nose, seems like successful extraction from this highly regarded Jonathan Maltus property. Good depth of fruit, and the ripeness levels are shown through rich summer fruit flavours. They have achieved a good balalance with this wine, with the tiny fraction of underipe flavours turned very prettily into a savoury cushion. This is good. Of course not fatness and depth of 2009 or 2010, but a very solid achievement. 90-91. Highly recommended. Drink 2018-2034.

 

Vieux Chateau Mazerat AOC Saint Emilion Grand Cru 2013

Jonathan Maltus brought grapes in second and third week of October, so managed to hold on to achieve a good ripeness across the range. Again, some good clean fruit puree, and here get some cassis expression, some definite cabernet coming through. Good, juicy, fresh, a little short. 88. Recommended. Drink 2018-2028.

 

Chateau La Dominique AOC Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classé 2013

Of the Fayat wines tasted in this vintage, this is by far the most successful, good structure, savoury fruits because this is still not an overripe year, but here they have real interest, tannins are firm, the oak is there but not masking other flavours, gives a swirl of tar. Really pretty good. Soft spice from the cabernet franc. I am tasting here 95% of the final blend, no press wine at this stage, but may not include at the end either. Tasted again blind at UGC and gave it the same score. 90-91. Highly recommended. Drink 2020-2032.

 

Grand Cercle tasting

Chateau Trimoulat AOC Saint Emilion Grand Cru 2013

Not the best start, tight, short, good colour extraction, some vibrant fruit colour, the nose has some reasonble cherry and summer fruits, but it very quickly unravels in the palate. 82-84. Fair to Recommended. Drink 2018-2024.

 

Rol Valentin AOC Saint Emilion Grand Cru 2013

The blend here is 90% merlot, 10% cabernet franc. A beautiful bright, sparkling colour. Some interesting plush plum flavours. Feel a touch of heat coming off this, they must have pushed the picking dates. Owners Alexandra and Nicolas Robin. Some success though, can see early drinking pleasure. Clear oak influence, this is granulated coffee on close of play. 84-85. Recommended. Drink 2018-2027.

 

Chateau Pindefleurs AOC Saint Emilion Grand Cru 2013

Oak dominates on the nose, and on the attack. Owners Audrey and Dominqie Lauret are being ambitious, and there is a clear sense of personality, but it is one dimensional because the fruit isn't sufficiently present to balance out the oak. An excellent attempt however to being out character in the wine. Again heat on the finish. Blend is 90%/10% merlot/cab franc. 86-87. Recommended. Drink 2017-2027.

 

Chateau du Parc AOC Saint Emilion Grand Cru 2013

Alain Raynaud's new Saint Emilion property. 80% merlot, 20% cabernet franc (recent purchases and plantings have upped the cabernet franc content). Good clean nose, some fresh fruit, plums and damsons. I like that there is a sense of restraint here, even alongside the coffee and toasted oak swishes that clearly add a touch of smoke and razzamatazz. But it works, because not over the top, and there is good ripe fruit behind it. Not exuberant, but contemporary. Assume five to eight years drinking window, no need to wait. 87-88. Recommended. Drink 2016-2026.

 

Chateau Magrez Fombrauge AOC Saint Emilion Grand Cru 2013

80%/20% merlot/cabernet franc. Olivier Desmond is technical director here. This is veering towards over extraction. Mouthful of oak, not enjoyable on the attack, although there is good persistancy here, and certainly has impact. A house style, clearly. 84-85. Recommended under caution. Drink 2016-2026.

 

Grand Barrail Marzelle Figeac St Emilion Grand Cru 2013

Good tannic extraction, a bit chalky, a touch short on the finish, starts well, good nose that has some clear fruit without being overly sweet or hot. Reasonable, not exciting. 75% merlot, 25% cabernet franc. 84-86. Recommended. Drink 2018-2028.

 

Croix de Labrie AOC Saint Emilion Grand Cru 2013

A very attractive en primeur sample, good firm fruit, some real zing and life here. Still not a full, complete wine in the form of 2010-2009 even 2012 perhaps, but this has real promise, and offers pleasurable drinking possibilities. 87-88. Recommended. Drink 2018-2028.

 

Clos Dubreuil AOC Saint Emilion Grand Cru 2013

Sweetness on the nose, offers a promising start, but this does not hang together, shame, because Benoit Trocard is a great winemaker, doing really interesting stuff at this estate and I often praise his wine, but this feels like vanilla oak has been used to fill in the gaps. Blend of 90% merlot, 10% cabernet franc. It does have the benefit of good texture and again there is personality, but it feels overly constructed. 84-86. Recommended. Drink 2018-2028.

 

Chateau Barde Haut AOC Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classe 2013

Sweet fruit, but at the back there is a touch of geosmin. Just comes in right on the finish. Until then clear sweet fruit, new oak. 84-85. Recommended. Drink 2018-2029.

 

Chateau Bellefont Belcier AOC Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classe 2013

A power player compared to many here, from the off get the ambition, good fleshy fruit, firm brushed tannins, all present and correct. Good potential here, a little tight and pulled in, but the elements are here. 90-91. Highly recommended. Drink 2020-2032.

 

Chateau la Commanderie AOC Saint Emilion Grand Cru 2013

Well worked fruit, but there is a touch of nail varnish on the nose suggesting volatile acidity, not sure sorting was at full speed. There are attractive touches, but the overall impression is underipe fruit picked before reaching full potential. 82-84. Fair to Recommended. Drink 2016-2026.

 

Chateau Destieux AOC Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classe 2013

Clear clear oak in the nose, strong eugenol and cloves. Ambitious, modern, perhaps a little try hard in this vintage, will those knots unravel themselves? 85-87. Recommended. Drink 2019-2029.

 

Chateau Faugeres AOC Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classe 2013

Liquor heat rising off the nose here. For me not as successful as their 2012. The alcohol here is a little brittle, the fruit is clean but brittle. 86-87. Recommended. Drink 2019-2029.

 

Chateau Fleur Cardinale AOC Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classe 2013

Bright en primeur purple blush. These were one of the latest to harvest in St Emilion, and you can feel the ripe fruit here. Rich, exotic flavours, continuing a run of good vintages from this estate. The structure and levels of freshness suggest that this will age well, and I wouldn't necessarily pick it as a 2013. Interesting to retry when in bottle. 90-91. Highly recommended. Drink 2019-2029.

 

Chateau Fonroque AOC Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classe 2013

Clean fruit, again I might not place this as 2013, there is a definite vibrancy to the fruit, get some attractive acidity levels, red fruits, rioe to medium ripe. 90. Highly recommended. Drink 2019-2029.

 

Chateau Grand Corbin Despagne AOC Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classe 2013

Good to see that one of the Right Bank's most trusty winemakers Francois Despagne has delivered. Not try hard, no fireworks, but good wine, that you would want to drink. 90. Highly recommended. Drink 2019-2029.

 

Chateau Yon Figeac AOC Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classe 2013

Powerful, intense dark fruit on the nose, this is a little out of whack, may be chaptilisiation here, dark coffee flavours, clear oak inflience, but through it all this survives with persoanlity intact. Good potential. 87-89. Recommended. Drink 2019-2029.

 

Chateau de Pressac AOC Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classe 2013

Rich, plush fruit on the nose, clear finesse. Good, perhaops overly coffee flavours, a little overly constructed, but cleverly so at least. Certainly a wine that is above average in the vintage. Harvest was from October 4th to 18th. The sorting table at Pressac measures the density of the berries, retaining only the most fully ripe. 87-88. Recommended. Drink 2019-2029.

 

Chateau Mont Perat Castillon Cotes de Bordeaux 2013

This is flush with firm dark fruits, bilberry, good tannic frame, good hold. All very promising on the attack, and through the mid palate, but stops abrptly, with a brittle finish. 85-87. Recommended. Drink 2019-2029.

 

Chateau Reynon AOC Castillon Cotes de Bordeaux 2013

Again, the nose is good. These guys know what they are doing, the immediate impact is of lovely plush plums and damsons, you start thinking here are all those markers of a good ripe year, but in the palate it's tough to keep that up through the mid palate and on to the final furlong. Still, clearly clever winemaking, a good early drinker. 86. Recommended. Drink 2017-2029.

 

Chateau de La Riviere AOC Fronsac 2013

Good, rich fruits, a little heat but overall slick, modern, enjoyable, easy drinking. 86-88. Recommended. Drink 2018-2030.

 

Chateau Les Trois Croix AOC Fronsac 2013

Not bad, tight, not huge complexity, but what is here is clean, well extracted, good astringency on the tannins. It holds your mouth, keeps your interest, not trying to fight against the vintage. Good. 87-89. Recommended. Drink 2019-2030.

 

Chateau Siaurac AOC Fronsac 2013

Nice sweet fruit on the nose, a touch too oaky perhaps, but good, pleasing fruit. Aain, feels they are working with the vintage, not over extraction. Touch sh0rt on the finish. 88. Recommended. Drink 2019-2030.

 

 

UGC Tasting, blind.

 

Chateau Canon la Gaffeliere AOC St Emilion Grand Cru Classé 2013

Here we are in right bank vanilla, toasted vanilla beans, madagascar vanilla pod, with a touch of cherry coulis, stick a flake in it and you have yourself a day at the seaside. Fairly sharp fruit expression, this is good, well worked, squeezed out puree, but lacks cohesiveness, bit overly constructed. 88. Recommended. Drink 2019-2030. 

 

Chateau Villemaurine AOC St Emilion Grand Cru Classé 2013

A little underripe. This has some green expression, the fruit is redcurrant, some floral touches, could be pretty, but all a little tight and controlled, needs to fatten up over ageing for it to reach its potential. 86. Recommended. Drink 2020-2030.

 

Chateau Soutard AOC St Emilion Grand Cru Classé 2013

Schmoky, like a cigar-filled room after a good dinner. Good tannins, this has extraction and restraint. Enjoyable, delicate but powerful, there is some skilful winemaking at play here. Not perhaps the most compete, because the fruit structure flattens and dips towards the end, but still, plenty to like in this wine. 89-90. Recommended to Highly Recommended. Drink 2020-2031.

 

Chateau Beausejour Becot AOC St Emilion Grand Cru Classé 2013

Like this nose, feels exuberant, fun. A little short, not quite as pleasurable on the palate as on the nose, but still good flesh, plumped up. Some persistancy also. Modern, an ambitious take on 2013. 90-91. Highly Recommended. Drink 2020-2031.

 

Chateau Gaffeliere AOC Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classé 2013

Things feel a little drying here. Get some alcohol coming off, but there is not enough structure or fruit here to balance it out, and the overall effect is drying. 83-84. Recommended. Drink 2020-2030.

 

Chateau Grand Mayne AOC Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classé 2013

Firm tannins, some astringency, a good ambitious piece of winemaking, coffee, toasted pinenuts, touch of charcoal and day old embers, get all of that, just looking for more fruit. Potential. 88-89. Recommended. Drink 2020-2030.

Chateau Figeac AOC Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classé 2013

Sweet fruit on the nose, creme de cassis, puree of dark summer fruits. Some good firm grip, get a touch of dip in the mid palate, just a little sour. But this has promising fruit and structure, and is a success for the vintage. Harvest October 1st to 15th. Director Frederic Faye, and this is the first vintage with new consultant Michel Rolland, so no doubt all eyes will be on this wine. 89-90. Recommended to Highly Recommended. Drink 2020-2030.

 

Chateau Larmande AOC Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classé 2013

A spreading, oak-led nose. Vanilla, some white pepper spice. This is overly made up, for me a fail in the palate. Over extraction, pushing against the vintage. 82-83. Fair to Recommended. Drink 2018-2030.

 

Chateau Cap de Mourlin AOC St Emilion Grand Cru Classé 2013

Cedar, sandalwood, dryng, too short, sour plums, for me this has not overcome the difficulties of the vintage. 82-83. Fair to Recommended. Drink 2018-2030.

Chateau Franc Mayne AOC St Emilion Grand Cru Classé 2013

Pleasant damson nose, contemporary but restrained. A little drying from the oak but good clean smooth tannis, coffee percolating gently on the finsih. Good. 88-89. Recommended. Drink 2020-2030.

 

Chateau Larcis Ducasse AOC Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classé 2013

Tight, a little underripe, some volatile acidity?? Not successful for me, too short, not defined enough, good rich feuit comes in, but this is not balanced. 83-85. Recommended. Drink 2018-2030.

 

Chateau La Couspaude AOC Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classé 2013

Sour plums with a sweet edge, feels a little confused on the nose to me. Firm ripe red ruby in colour. On the palate, the fruit is underripe, overly oaked, out of balance. 82. Fair. Drink 2018-2026.

 

Chateau Canon AOC Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classé 2013

Again the sweetness is apparent, feel the Right Bank has realy really leaned on their barrels this year. This has some life, some good astringent tannins, but loses pace in the mid palate. there is structure here, and it has potential again for fattening up over the ageing process. 87-88. Recommended. Drink 2020-2032.

 

Chateau Berliquet AOC Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classé 2013

Here there is promise on the nose, still a little underwhelming on the palate. A litle underripe. In this tasting, am getting much more why 2013 is an up and down year . 84. Recommended. Drink 2020-2032.

 

Clos Fourtet AOC Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classé 2013

Clean, fresh, good fruit, gentle oak notes on the nose, fingers crossed... This has weight and some good fruit on the palate also, like this, good weight, good fleshed out mouth feel. Perhaps again oak heads to overly coffee, but one of the better ones. 89-90. Recommended to Highly Recommended. Drink 2020-2032.

 

Chateau Dassault AOC Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classé 2013

Confectionry on the nose, is there a touch of volatile acidity here also. Like the rich plum colour, suggests good extraction of well-ripened anthycyanes. Things start well, there is clear flesh, clear ambition, falls short though. 85-86. Recommended. Drink 2018-2028. 

 

Chateau Troplong Mondot AOC Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classé 2013

Fleshy, well worked, lovely lift, actual tannic hold, actual vibrancy, an excellent en primeur sample. Troplong Mondot yielded 34 to 35 hectolitres per hectare, according to Xavier Pariente, who runs the chateau. Alcohol here is around 14%abv, fairly high for the year, and while there is a risk of over-extraction, I think they have navigated around it. this was a divisive wine among tasters, but for me they have successfully managed the vintage, and held back from pressing too hard on the extraction. 90-92. Highly Recommended. Drink 2018-2028.

 

Chateau Balestard la Tonelle AOC Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classé 2013

this is not so successful. Clear underripe fruit flavours, underwhelming.  80. Fair. Drink 2017-2026.

 

Chateau Pavie Macquin AOC Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classé 2013

Another disappointing sample - fruit is forced and underripe, no lift to carry you through the palate. 82-84. Fair to Recommended. Drink 2017-2026.

 

Jean philippe janoeux

Sacre Coeur aoc bordeaux? 2013

Extraction seems high, volatile acidity on the nose. 74. Faulty.

 

20,000 aoc bordeaux 2013

Deep colour, high extraction. Some good rich fruit, this is surpriingly good. Alcohol feels quite high, get clear oak influence, toasted, charred,mdaek cherry. Touch overdone, and get a dip off on finish. But certainly impact. 85. Recommended. Drink 2018-2028.

 

Ch le Conseiller aoc saint emilion grand cru 2013

Same slightly unfocused nise, assume itnis a sample that has been left too long since being drawn from barrel. Like the firm grip here, good levels of acidity, smooth tannins. All of these are fairly big expressions of the vintage. 84-86. Recommended. Drink 2018-2028.

 

Chateau La Croix Mouton AOC Bordeaux 2013

Always a hugely popular wine, great value, but surface area hugely expanded over recent years, so quality not as consistent as it was. Still, heree he has good full fruit extraction without trying too hard, and firm fruit tannins, like this. 86. Recommended. Drink 2015-2024.

 

Chateau la Confession AOC Saint Emilion Grand Cru 2013

This has the most promising nose of the lot, with concentration and focus. Colour extraction fairly high, sweet cedar oak on the palate. These are modern contemporary wines, wi a dash of warmth and humanity, open. Good. 88+. Recommended. Drink 2018-2028.

 

 

Chateau Belair Monange AOC Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classé 2013

Elegant, grippy, good firm fruits, red summer fruit, pretty, lovely expression, lilting and charming. 91. Highly recommended. Drink 2019-2032.