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Château Grand Barrail Lamarzelle Figeac

Grand Cru - AOC Saint-Emilion

Packshot Bouteille Grand Barrail - site

Since 2005, which signalled the first vintage vinified by Dourthe, Château Grand Barrail Lamarzelle Figeac has successfully united man, nature and machine to earn its place alongside the true elite of the Saint Emilion Grand Cru wines. Château Grand Barrail Lamarzelle Figeac is defined to a greater extent by its elegance and finesse than its robust structure. It delights with its balance and aromatic purity underpinned by delicate tannins and careful ageing.

Vinification & Ageing

Vinification in separate batches, tailored to the profile of each batch. Temperature-controlled stainlesssteel tanks. 2 wooden vats equipped with cappunching  system.

Aged in separate batches, for 12 - 14 months in oak barrels.

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Tasting notes

Lovely deep ruby-red in appearance. The complex, ultra-fresh bouquet combines aromas of black and red fruits with appealing floral notes. Initially soft on the palate, the wine develops in stature and is beautifully balanced, where the freshness and juicy mouthfeel coat the delicate, silky tannins. The sensation lingers in a long, fruit-laden finish, which culminates in a touch of oak.

Blend

73% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Franc

Tasting notes

With its very deep ruby appearance, the 2018 vintage delivers powerful, complex notes, where the intensity of violet aromas, so typical of Cabernet Franc grown on this terroir, dominates the bouquet and intermingle with red berry fruits. The wine is concentrated on the palate, supported by fine-grained tannins and savoury mouthfeel, while the texture is likened to the smoothest silk. Extremely well-balanced on the mid-palate, it culminates in a lingering finish of great elegance and finesse. A truly impressive Grand Barrail Lamarzelle Figeac.

Blend

65% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Franc

Medals and Accolades

Wine Enthusiast
- 92/100

Vineyards in the west of Saint-Emilion have produced this well-structured, balanced wine. Although still young, the rich tannins and blackberry flavors have great promise. It shows good equilibrium between fruit and dense structure and needs more time. Drink from 2025

En Magnum
- 92/100
Wine Chronicles.com
- 91/100

Fairly straightforward. Not bad. Actually, fairly subtle. Balance is there, even though not particularly exciting, either. A solid wine. Juicy. 13.5% alcohol

Jamessuckling.com
- 91/100

Dark berries, olives, graphite and violets. Some tar, too. It’s full-bodied with a savory, fleshy texture. Balanced and elegant, yet the tannins are still a bit tight. Flavorful, but rather short finish. Try after 2023, to allow it it open.

Jancis Robinson.com
- 16/20

Very dark cherry red. Ripe but not overripe black fruit. Intense aroma of blackcurrant, blackberry and even damson though the fruit is well modulated by a slight savour/char note... 

Decanter
- 91/100

Easy to drink, smooth, with plenty of black fruit to fill out the mid-palate. Good-value, unfussy and delivers on appellation typicity. 

Jamessuckling.com
- 90-91/100

Lots of tile and stone with some salty undertones. Medium to full body, round tannins and a savory finish. Delicate.

 

Tasting notes

Deep garnet in colour, the 2016 vintage reveals powerful, complex notes of violets and dark fruits, together with hint of spice. After the initial attack, the wine gradually gains in intensity on the palate, underpinned by its very fine-grained and silky tannic structure. The fleshy character, fruit and concentration, all in perfect harmony, bring great potential to the Grand Barrail Lamarzelle Figeac.

 

Blend

69% Merlot, 31% Cabernet Franc

Medals and Accolades

Jamessuckling.com
- 93/100

Beautiful aromas of violets and crushed berries follow through to a medium to full body, firm and silky tannins and a delicious finish. Very fine and well defined red. A blend of 71 per cent merlot and 29 per cent cabernet franc. Better after 2022, when the tannins will have melted more into the wine, but already so pretty.

 

 

 

Decanter
- 91/100

A smoking curl of oak on the first nose leads to a palate offering plump fruit and silky tannins. It has great St-Emilion typicity, not overdone but not shying away from the glossy side of the appellation either. The Cabernet Franc is key to the balance, giving freshness and lift that allows them to go all-out on generosity with the Merlot. It has softened over ageing but is still young and needs a few more years.

Drinking Window 2023 - 2036

Guide Bettane et Desseauve
- 16,5-17/20
The World of Fine Wine
- 90 - 92/100

Ripe cherry-sweet, fresh and mineral to smell; a rich middleweight, fresh and very finely tannic; sweet, subtle, refined, and fragrant; long and complex to taste, a touch oak-dry, but with fine, sweet-fruited length. Delicious. A lovely wine, a lovely St-Emilion.

Jamessuckling.com
- 92 - 93/100

92-93. This is very structured for this estate and shows a marked improvement with respect to the 2015. Medium to full body, chewy tannins and juicy fruit. Lively.

Wine Enthusiast
- 92 - 94/100

This wine has rich Merlot fruit, expressed in concentrated black plum. It has an excellent structure, and should age well.

Tasting notes

Very deep, ruby-red in appearance, with intense, complex aromas of violets and red berry fruits, combined with a hint of spice and liquorice. The wine gains in volume, the fine-grained, silky tannins add lovely structure to the wine. With the mouthfeel, fruit and intensity in perfect balance, this superb Grand Barrail Lamarzelle Figeac shows great potential.

Blend

71% Merlot, 29% Cabernet Franc

Medals and Accolades

Wine Enthusiast
- 93/100

Rich and now smoothly textured, this elegant wine is generous. Tannins still come through the perfumed black-currant fruits, giving a wine that is structured and full while still attractively shot through with acidity.

Guide Bettane et Desseauve
- 16/20

Coup de Coeur - Bel équilibre en bouche,avec un tannin séducteur de très belle dimension.

TASTED
- 91/100

Dense ruby core with a purple hue. Youthful nose blending ripe red and dark berries with some vanilla, clove and ginger spiciness. Good grip on the palate, medium to full with a settled texture, young but ripe tannin, pure fruit notes, red cherry, plum and raspberry notes with a mild spiciness finely integrated oak and a long fresh finish.

Jamessuckling.com
- 91/100

Very floral and perfumed with blackberries and dark tea. Full-bodied, dense and structured. Chewy tannins. Lots of character. Needs two or three years to soften.

Tasting notes

Bright garnet in appearance. Delicate violet notes on the bouquet with more intense aromas of red fruits.  Direct on the attack, the palate unveils its silky structure and perfectly integrated tannin, flowing through to a long finish with boundless finesse. This is a great vintage for Grand Barail Lamarzelle Figeac, expressing all the elegance of its terroir.

Blend

73% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Franc

Medals and Accolades

Wine Enthusiast
- 92/100

Claiming, with some pride, to have the longest chateau name in Bordeaux, this estate on the plateau of Saint-Émilion, close to Château Figeac, has given a 2014 that is dense, juicy and with great fruit. The tannins and the fruit are balanced with the blackberry flavors supported by the dry core. 

Jamessuckling.com
- 91/100

Very perfumed with strawberry and cherry aromas that follow through to a medium body, a dense center palate and a flavorful finish. Tight and pretty.

Vinous Media
- 90/100

Rose petal, iron, tobacco, red-fleshed fruit and mint give the 2014 Grand Barrail Lamarzelle Figeac its distinctive personality. The wine is aromatic and lifted, but also quite savory in its expression. This is a decidedly exotic style of Saint-Émilion in which the fruit is pushed into the background. The 2014 is pretty, but it is also a bit unusual in its savory, feral expression of Saint-Émilion.

Guide Bettane et Desseauve
- 15/20

Crémeux et énergique, avec une allonge fine, type de vin équilibré.

The World of Fine Wine
- 16.5/20

Very mineral to smell; medium-full, nice concentration, fresh to lively acidity, firm tannin a touch oak-dry now, but a juicy fruit, moderate complexity, and good length.

Vinum
- 16/20

Gut gebaut, kompakt und dicht, mit hübscher Vanillenote im Finale; ein guter Wein für leute, die sich nicht den Kopf zerbrechen und doch ein authentisches Produkt im Glas haben möchten. Erfreulich.

Matthewjukes.com
- 16/20

The fruit in this bright, lively wine is red, red and red again. The texture is limpid and juicy and the finish is clean and refreshing. Perfectly balanced and not too challenging, this is a sleek, balanced, forward wine for this property.

My Bettane + Desseauve
- 89/100

Tanin pulpeux qui s'étire bien, finale épicée et équilibrée. (15/20)

LE PAN

Juicy and ripe with nice mid-palate weight and intensity. This vintage is marked by freshness and lift, with lovely purity and good length.

Decanter
- 16/20

Attractive red fruit flavour. Hint of integrated oak. Supple texture. Well-handled tannins.

 

Tastingbook
- 89/100

Dark purple red with violet hue and black center. Closed character, elegant fruit, discreet spicyness. On the palate well structured with medium weight and good length, fine tannins.

 

Wine Enthusiast
- 89 - 91/100

Famed for the longest château name in Bordeaux, this estate has produced an attractive wine. It’s fresh, with bright acidity alongside crisp blackcurrants and ripe plums.

 

timatkin.com
- 91/100
Terre de Vins

Très fin, en subtilité dans le style habituel de la maison. Vin agréable dès sa jeunesse.

 

Tasting notes

Deep and concentrated in appearance. The delicately fruity bouquet offers accompanying floral notes with distinctly violet overtones. On the palate, with its delicate, well-balanced structure underpinned by silky tannins, the wine reveals impressive length. Overall, this is a lovely, full-bodied, fresh and concentrated wine.

Blend

75% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc

Medals and Accolades

Jancis Robinson.com
- 16.5/20

Sweet black fruit - ripe, convincing. Well made and fragrant. Another good example of the right bank doing well in 2013.

Guide Bettane et Desseauve
- 15.5/20
The World of Fine Wine
- 16.5/20

Ripe, fresh, black-cherry fruit nose; rich and vigorous and quite firmly, chewily tannic; plenty of ripe fruit but will need and reward time. In the more muscular style of the year.

La Revue du Vin de France

Réussite. Belle qualité de fruit dans un vin qui s'épanouit davantage en longueur qu'en volume. Svelte, élancé, sans "gonflette".

Terre de Vins
- 16/20

Plus complet, plutôt délicat, nervosité subtile, très réussi.

Tasting notes

The intense ruby appearance is backed by a fruity, floral bouquet, defined by violet notes typical of Saint-Emilion. On the palate, the wine’s delicate, well-balanced structure reveals silky tannins and appealing length. This is a very attractive wine, concentrated, fresh and intense – certainly a vintage that will make its mark at Grand Barrail Lamarzelle Figeac.

Blend

80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc

Medals and Accolades

Gault&Millau
- 16/20

Violette, rose, très floral pour un nez élégant et frais. La bouche est ronde, suave avec la densité suffisante pour la maintenir sur des plats. Beau travail.

Challenge's

Elaboré par l'excellente équipe de DOURTHE, ce cru affiche une belle matière aux tanins fins et au fruité généreux ( cassis, mûre...). Finale fraîche sur des notes épicées. Un magnum à laisser vieillir quelques années encore en cave avant d'en apprécier toute la dimension.

Vinous Media
- 88/100

The 2012 Grand Barrail Lamarzelle Figeac looks to be built for immediate gratification given its plump, juicy personality. Attractive underpinnings of iron, savory herbs, tobacco and cedar add nuance, but above all else, the 2012 is a forward, fruit-driven wine that is best enjoyed over the next few years. Antonio Galloni. Tasting date: July 2015

Le Point

Coup de Coeur

Bonne qualité.Excellent rapport prix/plaisir.

Erobertparker.com
- 87/100

...the 2012 is well-made, not by any means a star of the vintage, but attractive, round and juicy, with lots of earthy berry fruit, light oak and a moderately long finish. Drink it over the next 8-10 years.

 

Le Point
- 15/20

Nez fin, fruits noirs, cassis, mûre, grande finesse, tanins veloutés, frais, nerveux, ferme en finale, racé, attendre. 

Wine Enthusiast
- 87 - 89/100

Barrel sample. An explosion of ripe fruit fills the mouth with deliciously juicy flavors. Black currant and bright acidity combine with soft tannins to give a wine that has an already delicious character.

timatkin.com
- 91/100
Matthewjukes.com
- 16/20
La Revue du Vin de France
Grande réussite : nez signé par la violette, bonne structure, jolie tenue du fruit. Densité de type 2011, extraction marquée, ne devra pas sécher à l'élevage.
My Bettane + Desseauve
- 15.5 - 16/20

Joliment compact, floral, crémeux et énergique, belle allonge fine.

Jamessuckling.com
- 87 - 88/100

A little lean but some pretty fresh fruit with a blackberry and citrus character. Medium-to-full body, chewy tannins. Medium finish. A little over-extracted

Jancis Robinson.com
- 16/20

Drink 2016-2026
Lustrous crimson. Sweet start, very charming. Perfumed. A real flirt and with very bright fruit.

Decanter
- 16/20

Tender red berry expression. Fine tannins. Lighter weight and frame but handled with discretion.
Drink: 2017 - 2022
Taster: James Lawther MW

Le Figaro - L'Avis du Vin (Club Vin)
- 16/20

Grand Barrail Lamarzelle Figeac est un beau vin dense avec de la matière, des tannins fins et un joli fruit, sans compter une belle finale épicée.

Tasting notes

Intense garnet colour. Complex, concentrated bouquet, with fruity, subtly spiced notes and a hint of violet. The wine is silky in texture on the attack, developing concentrated, fleshy character. The refined, well-balanced wine, with its typical Saint-Emilion structure, finishes on well-integrated oaky, spicy notes.

Blend

70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc

Medals and Accolades

Natalie Maclean.com
- 92/100

Although the 2011 vintage was a challenging one in Bordeaux, this producer succeeds. Aromas of wild violets, dark fruit and smoke on the nose and palate of this well-structured Bordeaux red wine blend. The vines are planted in deep, long soils of clay and limestone close to the vineyards of Chateau Cheval Blanc. The district is known as "Graves de Saint-Emilion" or Saint-Emilion stones. Great delicacy, complexity and length on the finish. While this is mostly Merlot, there is also about 30% Cabernet Franc grapes in the blend. cellar it for a few more years for maximum pleasure then decant 1 hour. This Grand Cru French red wine is produced by Vignobles Dourthe. Pair with prime rib.

Gault&Millau
- 15.5/20

Le nez est bien en place, fruité, floral et surtout très charmeur. Charnu en bouche, la texture juteuse prend le dessus. 

Vinum
- 15/20

Angenehm fruchtig und würzig, klassisch, gut gelungen.

Gault&Millau

Une texture très souple dans une ambiance florale. Un très beau 2011 qui ne joue pas la surenchère au risque de nous écraser de tanins fermes. Bravo ! 

Jamessuckling.com
- 87/100

This shows some pleasant fruit, with tobacco and leaf character. Medium body, chewy tannins. Better in 2016.

Guide Bettane et Desseauve

De la persistance, il y a une belle matière.

La Revue du Vin de France
«OUTSIDER A SUIVRE DE PRES» .... Les cinq derniers millésimes démontrent le potentiel du terroir.
Le Point
- 15.5/20

Fruits rouges, bouche douce, veloutée, tanins de qualité soutenus par un boisé assez gourmand, flatteur au palais, fruité, bien fait. 

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Ruby-purple. Attractive spicy aromas of plum, tea leaf and quinine. Rich and deep on the palate, with flavors similar to the aromas. Finishes lively and rather light, with delicate black fruit flavors and polished tannins.

Falstaff
- 90/100

Reife dunkle Beerenfrucht, feine R¨staromen, etwas Nougat, Satig, frische Herzkirschen, lebendiger Säurebogen, gut integrierte Tannine, ausgewogen, mineralischer Nachhall, verfügt über Reifepotenzial.

Wine Enthusiast
- 88 - 90/100

Filled with new wood, spice and toast, this wine is open and rich, moving more to fruit than tannin.

Weinwisser
- 16/20
timatkin.com
- 91/100
TAST
- 15 - 16/20

De l'éclat et de la profondeur avec une finale encore assez sévère. Beaucoup de trame.

Decanter
- 16/20

Continues the progress seen last year. Lively fruit and freshness and a clean, dry finish.

Jancis Robinson.com
- 16.5/20

Greyish dark crimson. Toasty and rich on the nose. Lively and fresh and juicy on the palate. Lots of red-fruited brightness, fine tannins leave the mouth feeling clean.

Wine Spectator
- 86 - 89/100

Lighter-bodied, with light cedar and sandalwood shadings to the damson plum and currant notes. A touch grainy on the finish.-J.M.

Jamessuckling.com
- 87 - 88/100

A wine with soft tannins and a fruity finish. Chocolate and berry character. Round texture. Little simple.

Tasting notes

Wonderfully deep ruby-red in appearance. The fresh fruit nose exudes red cherry aromas, married with delicately toasty notes, and develops characteristic Cabernet Franc floral hints. The well-balanced palate is wonderfully dense, backed by fine-grained tannins. The savoury finish is balanced by noticeable, yet well-integrated acidity, and reveals elegant oak character, the sign of masterful ageing

Blend

65% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Franc

Medals and Accolades

Gault&Millau
- 16/20

Fruits noirs et épices, pour un nez complexe, charmeur, impressionnant. Rapide et suave, la bouche est dédiée à la puissance du cabernet franc avec la tension nécessaire pour lui donner une dimension aérienne. Bravo ! 

Guide Hachette
- 1etoile(s)

Le 2010 inspire confiance dans sa robe aux reflets pourpres et rubis. Le nez est encore dans la barrique mais c'est un boisé élégant qui monte du verre et qui laisse sa part aux fruits (rouges et mûrs). A l'unisson, la bouche se montre chaleureuse et charnue, soutenue par une jolie trame de tanins jeunes et prometteurs. Un vin bien construit à attendre 4 ou 5 ans. (une étoile = vin très réussi)

Jamessuckling.com
- 91/100

Beautiful pure fruit to this wine with raspberries and plums and hints of flower petals. Full body, with refined tannins and a chewy finish.

Wine Spectator
- 89/100

This has a frame of singed mesquite nicely integrated with the core of crushed plum, anise and black cherry fruit. Lingering black tea and incense notes are already emerging on the finish. Drink now through 2024

Le Point
Dossier Spécial Vins ** Deux étoiles Qualité ** Deux étoiles rapport Prix/Plaisir
Guide Bettane et Desseauve
- 15/20

«Très bon vin» On a l'amplitude, des tanins enrobés et ce qu'il faut de longueur.

Guide RVF des bonnes affaires du vin
- 16/20

Repris en mains depuis 2005 par  Dourthe, ce cru de saint-émilion retrouve un excellent niveau. Son statut de beau vin se justifie par une matière qui a retrouvé de la maturité et de la puissance en bouche. Grâce à ce style, il peut se boire sur deux à cinq ans. En bref, un beau saint-émilion pas trop toasté

Wine Advocate
- 88 - 90/100
Asian Palate.com
- 88 - 90/100

This is a well balanced wine without any heaviness which is the concern in this vintage filled with massive tannins and extract. The plum and cassis notes are lifted by fresh acidity and supported by ripe firm tannins. A well made St Emilion.

Le Point

Fruits rouges, bouche tendre, élégante, frais, vif, puissant, bien plein, beaux grains de tanins, long, un peu serré en finale. 

Le Figaro - L'Avis du Vin (Club Vin)
- 15/20

Robe noire. Nez intense, épicé, bouche souple et léger, aérien.

Wine Spectator
- 88 - 91/100

Ripe and rich, with lots of mocha and licorice notes leading the way for plum sauce and toasty vanilla. More broad than racy.

René Gabriel
- 16/20
Jamessuckling.com
- 90 - 91/100

This is full and balanced with a lovely core of dark fruits and chocolate. Velvety tannins and a long finish.

Decanter
- 16/20

Continued progress from last year. Medium-bodied. Fine, ripe tannins. Lively fruit and freshness. A satisfying drink. Drink 2015-2022. (16 points)

Wine Enthusiast
- 89 - 91/100

New wood aromas are still on the palate, while the black plum and stalky fruit give a balance to the wood tannins. There's a good final juicy element.-R.V.

The World of Fine Wine
- 16 - 16.5/20

Sweet and dense on the nose, fairly full-bodied for the cru, rich, concentrated, firmly tannic St-Emilion, a gently muscular style, with a lovely freshness and purity of fruit, and with the perfume (from its high, one-third proportion of Cabernet Franc) that so often characterizes this wine, fine, scented length. More sinew and power than its freshly seductive 2009, tasted alongside, and this will need longer to come around. A very attractive lesser St-Emilion, no overly powerful, and likely to be excellent value.

Jancis Robinson.com
- 15.5/20

Dark crimson and lively on the nose. Very sweet and luscious. Lots of clever winemaking here. Toasty and uncomfortably drying on the end. As though the fruit has been sucked out.

Tasting notes

The wine reveals an attractive dark colour, with purple glints and its sappy, roasted bouquet unfurls with notes of cedar and ripe fruit. The palate is soft with silky, smooth tannins, backed up by refreshing acidity. The wine closes on a lingering finish, accompanied by the same aromatic notes.

Blend

65% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Franc

Medals and Accolades

Gault&Millau
Légèreté annonce ! Le vin est bien enroulé dans son manteau de notes fruitées et épicées. La texture aromatique est légère et ne laisse apparaître aucune discordance...
Guide Hachette
La Maison Dourthe est bien connue dans le Bordelais, et plus particulièrement dans le Médoc. Or, elle possède depuis 2005 ce joli domaine saint-emilionnais qui s'est créé à partir de plusieurs métairies du secteur de Figeac. Le terroir se rapproche de Pomerol, et l'on y trouve 35% de cabernet franc. Cela donne un 2009 qui mise plus sur la finesse que sur la puissance. Le rubis intense de la robe est traversé de reflets grenat. Le nez fruité évolue vers des notes épicées (poivre). La bouche, souple et intense, s'appuie sur des tanins un peu austères en finale qui devraient s'arrondir d'ici un à trois ans.
Wine Advocate
- 89/100

Again, one of the -best ever- and a sleeper of the vintage from St.-Emilion, Grand Barrail Lamarzelle Figeac has never produced anything quite this good. Lots of black cherry and black currant fruit intermixed with licorice, loamy oils notes and foresty scents jump from the glass of this deep ruby/purple, medium to full-bodied, succulent wine. Drink it over the next 10-15 years.

Wine Spectator
- 87/100

Black cherry and cola flavors give this broad red a sweet character with toasty and tarry accents. A fleshy texture is supported by moderate tannins and gentle acidity. Drink now though 2018.»

Guide RVF des bonnes affaires du vin
- 16/20

Repris en mains depuis 2005 par la maison de négoce Dourthe, ce cru de saint-émilion retrouve un excellent niveau. Son statut de beau vin se justifie par une matière qui a retrouvé de la maturité et de la puissance en bouche. Grâce à ce style, il peut se boire sur deux à cinq ans. En bref, un beau saint-émilion pas trop toasté

Guide Bettane et Desseauve
- 16/20

Située à l'entrée de Saint-Emilion, cette propriété a été reprise par les équipes de la maison Dourthe. 2009 se révèle gras, gourmand, de belle intensité, alliant franchise et sève, avec de bons tanins.

Le Figaro - L'Avis du Vin (Club Vin)

88-90/100

Robe sombre. Nez intense, fruits noirs. En bouche, souple et rond, épicé, petit creux, court.

Weinwisser
- 17/20

Dunkles Granat. Das Bouquet ist recht kühl, zeigt schwarze Pflaumenschalen. Am Gaumen fleischig, schwarzbeeriges Extrakt, feine Schokobitterkeit im Finale. 2015-2027

Le Point
- 15/20

Fin, élégant, charnu, tanins veloutés, fruité délicat, suie, harmonieux, dense, long en bouche. 

Wine Enthusiast
- 89 - 91/100

A smooth wine, almost velvet, very polished. The fruits are ripe, sweet, very soft.

Periodic Review of Wine
- 89-91/100

The most substantive and complete Grand Barrail Lamarzelle yet tasted. This is a big overachiever in the vintage. It exploses an opaque ruby-purple hue along with big white flower notes, cherry, and mineral scents. Full-bodied, dense, flavorful, and pure with gobs of succulent ripe fruit, wet-stone, and plus liqueur. The concentration allows for good potential.

TAST
- 15/20

Dense, gras en bouche, on pourra commencer à le boire assez vite,sur un fruit tentateur.

Falstaff
- 88 - 90/100

Dunkle, süße Beeren,Heidelbeerkonfit, sehr verführerisches Bukett. Mittlere Textur, zart vegetale Tannine, gute Extraktsüße, Nougat im Abgang, hat einiges Potenzial. Ausbau: Barrique.

Decanter
- 15/20

Crunchy, dark fruit. Fresh and satisfying without any great complexity. Light but fine tannic structure. 

Wine Advocate
- 88 - 90/100

Bought a couple of years ago by the Dourthe firm, this is the best wine I have ever tasted from this estate, which has a luxury hotel on the property. A blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc that achieved 13.5% natural alcohol, the wine displays loads of sweet red and black currant fruit with licorice, roasted herbs, spice box, and earth. It is dense, plump, succulent, and very much in the fleshy, rich, up-front 2009 style. 

Jancis Robinson.com
- 16/20

Deep purplish crimson with a pale rim. Really toasty and satisfying. A little bit drying on the finish. But very fresh and zappy. A little raw on the nose but with lovely flesh on the palate. Really pretty good and not one of the most forced. 

Wine Spectator
- 87 - 90/100

Blueberry and violet on the nose. Medium-bodied, with good fruit, medium tannins and a touch of vanilla. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.

Tasting notes

The wine has a garnet colour and reveals a delicate bouquet of red cherries and raspberries and delicately oaked notes. Well-balanced and supple on the palate, showing great finesse, ripe and  appealing tannins provide a splendid aromatic finish and a good ageing potential.

Blend

70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc

Medals and Accolades

Wine Enthusiast
- 92/100

This wine starts with a shock of acidity, followed by a ripe blackberry note. It is upright, structured and still young, and its sweetness is just beginning to show through the tannins and acidity. Give it 3-4 years.

Guide Hachette
Un nom un peu long, certes, mais qui a le mérite de bien situer ce domaine des vignobles Dourthe: sur la route de Libourne, près du bel hôtel du Grand Barrail, dans le secteur de Figeac. Malgré les aléas climatiques (gel, grêle, coulure), le millésime 2008 est réussi, grâce à une météo bien plus clémente dans l'arrière-saison et peut-être aussi grâce aux faibles rendements. Un bouquet subtil de baies rouges et de vanille flatte le nez. Gourmand dès l'attaque, le palais prolonge les impressions olfactives et dévoile des tanins déjà aimables. A déguster dans deux ans sur une volaille rôtie.
Wine Spectator
- 87/100

This fleshy red offers fresh flavors of black cherry, toast and graphite, as well as notes of tobacco and anise. This has light, well-integrated tannins and a clean, licorice-scented finish. Drink now through 2014. 

Falstaff
- 88 - 90/100

Dunkles Rubingranat, jugendliche Reflexe, violetter Rand. In der Nase kräftiger Nougattouch, dunkles Beerenkonfit, angenehme Gewürzanklänge. Am Gaumen saftig und frisch, gute Komplexität, frisch strukturiert, angenehme Kirschfrucht, bleibt gut haften, bereits harmonisch, gute Länge, hat Reifenpotenzial, sehr ausgewogener Gesamteindruck.

Weinwisser
- 16/20
TAST
- 16/20

Sur ce terroir précoce, les petits rendements imposés par le gel et par la coulure ont permis un grand raisin. Racé et fin, il sera prêt à boire vite.

Jancis Robinson.com
- 16/20

Sweet, toasty with a hit of Ovomaltine. Light and transparent. Sinewy and chewy on the end.

Tasting notes

Intense color with attractive fresh, red fruit notes, and hints of torrefaction. Supple and smooth on the attack, the wine becomes rounded and aromatic on the palate, underpinned by a framework of delicate tannins. Highly elegant and fruity wine, boasting great freshness.

Blend

77% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Franc

Medals and Accolades

Falstaff
- 87 - 89/100

Kräftiges Rubingranat, violette Randaufhellung. In der Nase feines dunkles Beerenkonfit, zarte Gewürzanklänge, etwas Honig und Nougat. Am Gaumen safitge Herzkirschen, elegant, gute Komplexität und Süße, zarte Röstaromen, frisch, gut integrierte Tannine, extraktsüßer Nachhall sehr gut gelungen.

Gault&Millau

En bouche, le vin est très élégant, long, très cabernet franc. Belle renaissance.

Wine Advocate
- 85 - 87/100
TAST
- 14/20

Charnu et long, le vin montre des notes de fruits noirs avec des tannins assez enrobés par une matière ronde et agréable en bouche.

Wine Spectator
- 85 - 88/100

A good core of fruit for the vintage. Medium body, ripe tannins and medium finish. Good job for the vintage.

Tasting notes

This wine has a brilliant red colour with a fine nose of red cherries and raspberries together with fine oaky notes. Well-balanced and supple on the palate, the tanins are ripe and elegant and evolve on a remarkable aromatic length.

Blend

70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc

Medals and Accolades

Sunday Express

...A blend of merlot and cabernet franc, this is sweet, mellow, broad and delicious with textured, grainy cherry fruit and some plummy richness. The 2006 vintage is a beauty...  

Daily Telegraph Week End

A great vintage for current drinking. Most, like this, are still vibrant, but youthful primary fruit has given way to mature flavours. This is good value for high-quality, aged Bordeaux. It still has a firm line of tannin, around which sit truffle, plum and smoke. Best after 45 minutes in the decanter.

Decanter
- 17.5/20

(...) This is the second vintage made under the ownership of Dourthe. A classic claret, ready now but best decanted, and perfect with roast lamb. (...) 

L'Obs - Le Nouvel Observateur

Un nom à tiroir pour le dernier né des vignobles Dourthe, la matière est douce (merlot 65% et cabernet franc) et la bouche fraîche sur des notes de fruits rouges. L'élevage discret (30% de bois neuf) promet une belle évolution. 

Guide Hachette
Ce domaine, dont le nom rassemble celui de trois métairies regroupées il y a plus d'un siècle, se repère facilement sur la route Libourne-Saint-Emilion, grâce à ses bâtiments mêlant la pierre et la brique. L'encépagement est classique: 70% de merlot, 30% de cabernet franc. Ce 2006 mêle au bouquet le bois vanillé, les baies noires, une touche d'orange et un petit côté animal. Après une attaque souple et ronde, la bouche poursuit dans le même registre que le nez, ses tanins soyeux assurent une finale plaisante. A découvrir dès 2010.
Wine & Spirit (UK)
- 87 - 88/100
Falstaff
- 87 - 89/100

Kräftiges Rubingranat, violette Randaufhellung. In der Nase frische, einladend süße Beerennote, zart nach Orange, Himbeere, feine Gewürzanklänge. Am Gaumen frisch, lebendig, rotbeerige Nuancen, präsente Tannine, mittlere Länge, zitroniger Touch im Finale.

Weinwisser
- 16/20
TAST
- 14.5/20

Beau nez harmonieux avec une petite nuance de caramel liée à l’influencede la barrique, souple, velouté, un peu mou en milieu de bouche.

Tasting notes

The wonderful balance in the Merlots and the Cabernet Francs have matured during the 18 months ageing in barrels. The first Dourthe blend of Grand Barrail Lamarzelle Figeac marks a true rebirth of this wine, with more complexity, great smoothness and good length.

Blend

70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc

Medals and Accolades

The Daily Telegraph
A Saint Emilion of silky elegance and great opulence from one of the finest of claret vintages. It's ready now (and I vouch for the fact that it is perfect with roast loin of pork) but will certainly keep. Tuck it away and enjoy it over the summers to come.
Decanter
Rich, ripe, slightly creamy cassis notes with minty, gamey aromas. Restrained elegance with a touch of chocolate. Well balanced with a rich and long firm finish.
Guide Hachette
Il s'agit du premier millésime présenté par l'importante maison bordelaise Dourthe qui, en 2005, a acheté ce cru constitué dans les années 1880 à 1900 par rassemblement de trois métairies : Grand Barrail, Lamarzelle et Figeac (cette dernière étant détachée du château Figeac). Depuis son acquisition, de gros investissements ont été réalisés, qui ont porté notamment sur l'aménagement d'un magnifique chai à barriques, circulaire, d'architecture contemporaine. Le vin, lui, reste classique. Paré d'une robe rubis profond, il livre un bouquet fruité, agrémenté de senteurs de cuir et de clou de girofle. La mise en bouche est souple et délicate, les tanins boisés se montrent encore un peu fermes. Dans un an ou deux, on pourra commencer à servir cette bouteille sur un pot-au-feu.
Decanter World Wine Award
SILVER MEDAL
Wine Spectator
- 88/100
The World of Fine Wine
- 15/20

Deep purple, sweet, ripe nose, medium-full, lovely, light-concentrated, slightly dry-textured, flowing, fruity St-Emilion, quite complex, very scented, and with a fine, sweet persistence. Very nice. This sort of quality should surely bring back the grand cru status is lost in 1996. 

La Revue du Vin de France
- 16/20

Les Grandes Résussites : Nez puissant, bouche riche avec des tannins et un boisé marqué qui devront se fondre.

Wine Spectator
- 89 - 91/100

This shows a wonderful character of berry and spices with hints of toasted oak and chocolate. Full and round. Long finish. Very nicely done. —J.S.



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