In the past few weeks, some journalists have criss-crossed the Bordeaux vineyards, tasting the newly-bottled 2015 vintage. Their notes and comments complement those released two years ago, after the April “en primeur” barrel-tastings.

Early February, James Suckling released his notes on his website, jamessuckling.com.  We are thrilled to share with you some of his comments about our wines.

The notes equal, and sometimes outrank, the good rating obtained by our chateaux “en primeur”, confirming the constant rise of the Dourthe wines quality, and rewarding the excellent work of our teams.

 

Château Belgrave – Grand Cru Classé, Haut-Médoc : 93/100

” A dense and layered red with wet earth and blue fruits. Sweet tobacco, too. Soft tannins give this full-bodied wine a juicy richness and decadence. Plump mouthfeel (…) ”

 

 

Château La Garde Rouge – Pessac-Léognan : 93/100

” Violet, dark-berry and stone aromas follow through to a medium to full body. Linear and very fine. Tight and fresh. Precise and beautiful. A serious young red (…) ”

Château La Garde Blanc  – Pessac-Léognan : 94/100

” This is the best white from here for me ever. Mangoes, lemons and lightly cooked apples. Full-bodied, layered and very, very long (…) Love the finish of dried bitter lemons (…) ”

 

 

 

Château Grand Barrail Lamarzelle Figeac – Saint Emilion Grand Cru : 91/100

” Very floral and perfumed with blackberries and dark tea. Full-bodied, dense and structured. Chewy tannins. Lots of character.(…) ”

 

 

Château Le Boscq – Cru Bourgeois, Haut-Médoc : 92/100

” Very spicy and fresh with floral and currant character. Full to medium body and regal structure and intensity. Chocolate, tea and berry flavors. Tannins are polished and focused. Excellent finish (…) ”

 

 

Château Rahoul Rouge – Graves : 92/100

” Bright and fresh with floral and blueberry aromas as well as some pine-nut undertones. Full body, round and silky tannins and a crisp finish. Delicious bottle already (…) ”

Château Rahoul Blanc – Graves :  91/100

” This shows so much sherbet and lemon-rind character. Full-bodied, energetic and tangy. A lively and layered white that shows lots of semillon character (…) ”

 

 

Château Reysson – Cru Bourgeois, Haut-Médoc : 91/100

” A juicy and pretty wine with cherries, currants and limestone. Full-body, yet dense yet fresh at the same time. Iodine undertones. Lovely earthy, fruity aftertaste (…) ”

 

 

 

Château Pey La Tour, Réserve du Château – Bordeaux Supérieur : 92/100

” A firm and silky wine with chocolate, walnut and hazelnut character. Medium to full body, lovely fine tannins and a flavorful finish. Juicy and delicious (…) ”

 

 

 

Grand Vin de Château de Ricaud – Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux : 91/100

” This is really focused and polished for this chateau with currants and cherries and some flowers. Medium to full body, fine tannins and a bright finish. Pretty wine (…) ”