Nicely intense purple color. Vigorous nose of red fruits and blackberries, wood, mint, stone fruits, tobacco, moss and violet. Still very young, the palate indicates lovely fruits, tight palpable tannins, heaps of freshness and solid length.
Cabernet Sauvignon 84%, Merlot 9%, Cabernet Franc 5% and Petit Verdot 2%.
Pure and stony fruit on the nose of this wine, with classic blackcurrant tones and a polished stone-pebble character mingling with notes of exotic fruits and toasty oak. The same style is found on the palate; elegantly polished forest fruits, nicely cover structure, good ripe tannins and a creamy, broad, mouth-filling finish.
Cabernet Sauvignon 70%, Merlot 25% and Cabernet Franc 5%.
Purplish ruby. Strong, focused aromas of graphite, pencil leads, blackbery and blackcurrant intermixed with earthy spices. Layers of intense dark fruits, new wood, pencils leads with firm powdery tannins.
Cabernet Sauvignon 70%, Merlot 25%, Cabernet Franc 3% and Petit Verdot 2% .
Attractive, dark, concentrated fruit on the nose. Comes across as slightly raw, with a heat coming alongside the fruit. The palate has a bold structure to match, violet-tinged fruits but with a very firm substance underpinning it all, a rather hard shell for the fruit, and very ripp tannins too. Nice acids.
This classic Chateau has one of the greatest terroirs of Bordeaux. Quality is always high but en primeur prices are usually reasonable – especially so in comparison to those of traditional rivals and neighbours Cos d’Estournel and Montrose. There is a new young winemaker – Vincent Millet, brought in from Chateau Margaux. Only 60% of the crop was used for the Grand Vin this year with much of the Merlot being relegated to the second label. 76% Cabernet Sauvignon and 24% Merlot. Good colour, intense and attractive nose. Ripe cherry and blackcurrant with some smoky new wood, minerals and black pepper. Spicy red fruit, juicy and lingering finish. An attractive, medium weight Calon Segur.
This is certainly one of the stars of the vintage. With its solid tannins and dark, smoky character, it is going to be powerful, but with such elegance. The fruit flavors combine richness and freshness in fine harmony.
The brilliant 2006 Cheval Blanc performed better from bottle than from barrel. A blend of equal parts Cabernet Franc and Merlot grown in a superb vineyard site facing La Conseillante and l’Evangile at the very edge of the sandy, gravelly soils of St.-Emilion, it boasts a dense ruby/purple color as well as a sweet perfume of menthol, charcoal, boysenberries, black currants, and hints of cocoa and caramel. Lush, textured, and opulent with superb purity, medium to full body, savory flavors, and sweet, sexy tannins, this stunning Cheval Blanc may be even better than the 2005. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2030.
The bouquet of this wine is really fantastic. Complex and with lots of beautiful spices, cassis and elegant luxurious oak. On the palate spiciness as well, coffee, some sweetness and silky soft tannin. Good acidity. Day 2 the little leftover showed signs of oxidation.
“This classic, backward, tannic St.-Julien is made in the style of the 1996 and 1986. The 2006 Ducru Beaucaillou possesses a dense purple color along with a sweet perfume of graphite, black raspberries, cassis, licorice, and subtle toasty oak. Despite their prominent place in the wine’s structure, the sweetness of the tannins and the full-bodied, muscular style suggest exceptional patience will be required. This is a big, substantial, meaty, masculine wine built for considerable longevity
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