January- February 2012
Right Bank Round-Up
By: Deborah Parker Wong
|These tasting notes by Deborah Parker Wong accompany the Saint-Émilion story in our combined January-February 2011 issue.
Château Belair-Monange 2009 Saint-Émilion
Dark red-raspberry aromas; mineral-laden black currant on the palate with firm, medium-plus tannins.
80% Merlot 20% Cabernet Franc. Barrel samples from 2010 point to even more expressive wines to
Château Coutet 2008 Saint-Émilion
Aromas of black tea, mulberry and spice, concentrated mid-palate with lean, spicy tannins and dried hay
on finish. Merlot, Cabernet Franc (Bouchet), Malbec (Pressac).
Château Flaunys 2008 Montagne
Bright black fruit aromas with expressive, lean dark-fruit flavors and spicy tannins. 100% Merlot.
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Château Fonroque 2009 Saint-Émilion
Bramble and earth aromas; full-bodied with dense, persistent flavors and crisp tannins; brown spices
show on a generous finish. 100% Merlot.
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Château de Maison Neuve 2009 Montagne
Sour cherry and mushroom aromas; lean, ripe flavors of plum skin and tobacco with soft, toasty notes
on the finish. 80% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Château Mazeris 2009 Canon Fronsac
Plummy violet aromas; round mid-palate of chocolate, black licorice and fine tannins; an exception as it
is unoaked. 80% Merlot 20% Cabernet Franc.
Château de Pressac 2008 Saint-Émilion
Coffee and green spice aromas; bright cassis and vanilla flavors with chalky tannins; fresh finish. 50%
Merlot, 50% blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Carmenère and Malbec.
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Château Soleil Le Rival 2010 Lussac
Black currant aromas with bright, dark red fruit, spice and mineral flavors that are progressively
complex, extracted and lush with sweet tannins. 90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc.
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Château St. Georges Côte Pavie 2009 Montagne
Aromatic with notes of graphite and vanilla; medium-weight and expressive red fruits on the mid-palate;
dusty tannins with coffee finish. 80% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc.
Château Valandraud 2009 Fronsac
Abundant aromas of coffee, dark spice and chocolate with a dense, chocolaty mid-palate of black fruit
and well-integrated oak that carries the finish. 70% Merlot 30% Cabernet Franc.