Saturday, 31 December 2011

TN : Chateau Ducluzeau 2005, Listrac-Medoc, Bordeaux, France

The chateau was owned by Mr. Ducluzeau at the end of the seventeenth century. In 1870, it was sold to Mr. Astien, a wine-grower from Moulis. He then married Miss Hugon de Listrac who at her death handed down the property to her daughter, Marie-Louise, wife of André Rochette. When Marie-Louise died in 1976, the estate returned to Monique Rochette Borie, who was born and bred at Château Ducluzeau. Today, her son, Bruno-Eugène manages the estate.

Château Ducluzeau was listed in the 1932 crus bourgeois classification of the Médoc, just after
the fifth classified growths and kept the rank of cru bourgeois in the updated version of 2003.

Château Ducluzeau is located in the communal appellation of Listrac-Médoc. The ten hectares of Château Ducluzeau are divided up into several plots which are all situated on a plateau in the village of Listrac, around 400 metres above sea level. The soil and sub-soil are made up of light gravel with a clay-siliceous structure.

The average age of the vines is 45 years old. The vineyard is made up 50% Merlot and 50%  Cabernet Sauvignon at a density of 10000 plants per hectare. The vineyard is managed traditionally : Medoc, double Guyot pruning, leaf-thinning and crop-thinning in July to favour ripening and concentration.

This wine received 85 points from Wine Spectator (web 2008).

Colour : Red

Aroma : Plums, tobacco, wood

Taste : Grainy aged texture, Plummy, redcurrant, blackcurrant, tangy acid, wood

Alcohol : 13%

Price : 213 SEK

Mark : C

Thursday, 29 December 2011

TN : 3 de Valandraud 2005, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, Ets Thunevin, Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux, France

Colour : Dark red

Aroma : Plums, chocolate, cedar, oak

Taste : Lacking concentration, oak, cedar, coffee, plummy fruit, overoaked, drying tannins on finish, tobacco, opened too early ? going through a dumb phase ? opened too late ?

Alcohol : 13.5%

Price : 293 SEK

Mark : C-

Website : Ets Thunevin

TN : Vieux Chateau Des Jouans 2009, Calvet, Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux, France

This wine is a blend of 99% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine spent ten months in French oak barrels of which one third was new and the rest was second and third fill.

This wine was imported by Brandpartners AB.

Colour : Dark red, blue hues

Aroma : Plums, oak, blackcurrant, cedar, herbs

Taste : Cedar and oak on finish, plums, blackcurrants

Alcohol : 14%

Price : 109 SEK

Mark : C+

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

TN : Chateau Croizet-Bages 2005, Pauillac, Bordeaux, France

This wine received 86 points from The Wine Advocate, 16.5 from Jancis Robinson, and 15.4 from Decanter.

This property lies  on Pauillac's Bages plateau, between the town of Pauillac itself and Saint-Julien-Beychevelle. Château Croizet-Bages also takes its name from its original creators, the Croizet brothers. One a court clerk, the other a local lawyer, the two men bought up parcels of vines from their neighbours duirng the first half of the 18th century and created their own successful vineyard.

At the time of the Revolution, and much involved in local government, the brothers sold the estate to a family from Gascony, the Puyteracs, who in turn sold it to a Bordelais, Jean Calvé, just two years before the 1855 classification of the Médoc. The current proprietors, the Quié family, acquired Croizet-Bages in 1942 from American entrepreneur Jean-Baptiste Monnot (he bought the struggling estate at the end of the first World War). The Château is today managed by brother and sister team Jean-Philippe and Anne-Françoise Quié.This chateau was classified as one of the eighteen fifth growths in the 1855 Bordeaux classification.

Colour : Red, blackcurrant

Aroma : Blackcurrant, plums, cedar, liquorice

Taste : Simple, watery texture, blackcurrant, green cedar, liquorice, talcum powder tannins and white pepper on finish

Alcohol : 12.5%

Price : 226 SEK (bought at Systembolaget 14th November 2008)

Mark : C

Thursday, 22 December 2011

TN : Argento Bonarda 2010, Mendoza, Argentina

Argento was established in the wine region of Mendoza in 1998. The word Argento is Latin for silver.

This wine was sealed with a screwcap.

This wine was imported by Vinunic AB.

Colour : Raspberry, blue hues

Aroma : Blackberry, violets, raspberry, oak

Taste : Very fruity, raspberry, violets, blackberry, graphite

Alcohol : 13.5%

Price : 79 SEK

Mark : C

Website : Argento Wine Company

TN : Beaujolias Villages Nouveau 2011, Quinson, Beaujolais, France

This wine is 100% Gamay This wine was sealed with a screwcap.

This wine was imported by Stellan Kramer AB.

Colour : Plummy red, blue hues

Aroma : Blueberry, raspberry, herbs

Taste : Blueberry, herbs, acidic finish, raspberry

Alcohol : 12.5%

Price : 69 SEK

Mark : C

TN : Chateau Poujeaux 2008, Moulis-en-Medoc, Bordeaux, France

This wine received 87 points from Wine Spectator in the March 31st 2011 issue.

This wine is a blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot, and 4% Petit Verdot. 25,000 cases were made.

The chateau owner is Philippe Cuvelier. The vineyard soil type is Gunzian gravel. The vines are planted to a density of 10,000 vines per hectare. The average age of the vines is thirty years. The wine spent 12 months in barrel of which 30% were new. The grapes were harvested from the 6th to the 24th October 2008.

Colour : Plummy red

Aroma : Blackcurrant, plums, cedar, herbs

Taste : Tobacco, tannic finish, blackcurrant, plums, green cedar

Alcohol : 13%

Price : 267 SEK

Mark : C-

Website : Chateau Poujeaux