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Château Pey La Tour - Réserve du Château

AOC Bordeaux Supérieur

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Completely overwhelmed by the quality of this vineyard that dates back to the middle ages, Dourthe acquired the estate in 1990.  For more than 25 years, a new viticultural approach was applied across the entire vineyard, respecting the terroir and vines in the quest for optimum fruit quality. As a result of rigorous vineyard management, the harvest is spread markedly over time, allowing all the grapes to be picked at optimum ripeness.  The Réserve du Château, which expresses the specific character of the finest terroirs, is aged for 12 - 14 months in the barrel hall next to the winery. The results of these efforts have been rewarded today not only in the loyalty of our customers, but also in the excellent press reviews, instating Château Pey La Tour well above its appellation.

Vinification & Ageing

Cold pre-fermentation maceration applied to certain batches. Traditional vinification in individual batches in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Decuvage by hand from tanks filled with marc. Pneumatic press.

12 - 14 months in oak barrels, in individual batches. Partly aged on the lees.

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Tasting notes

Deep ruby in colour with flashes of purple. On the bouquet, intense, ripe, black fruit aromas of blackcurrant and blackberry preside, interweaved with oaky notes. The wine is full-bodied, fleshy and complex on the palate, where notes of kirsch echo the bouquet. Well-integrated tannins complement the rich structure and reveal their true glory in a wondrous finish.

Blend

90% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc

Tasting notes

 

Characterised by intense, appealing, fresh fruit aromas (strawberry), of great finesse. Lovely rounded character from the outset. The wine is complex and concentrated, while superbly generous and underpinned by silky tannins. The delicious fresh fruit remains a constant throughout the tasting, until the long, flavour-filled finish. This harmonious wine is particularly appealing.

 

Blend

88% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petit Verdot

Medals and Accolades

Jeb Dunnuck.com
- 90/100

Lots of red plums, currants, dried spices, new leather, and tobacco notes emerge from the 2018 Château Pey La Tour Reserve Du Château, a medium-bodied, charming, elegant 2018 that does a lot right. With solid depth of fruit and an up-front, already delicious style, it should keep nicely for 8-10 years.

Jamessuckling.com
- 92/100

This has a polished, spiced nose of black cherry, clove, chocolate and black oilve. Oyster shell, too. It's medium-to full-bodied with firm, fine-grained tannins. Balanced. 

Decanter
- 90/100

Always a sure name, and a way to bell-weather the vintage, this is great in 2018. For a value Bordeaux it's hard to go wrong with this: it starts extremely well with nice juice and plump fruit, but is just a little bit strained through the finish. Half is aged in barrel and half in tank. 47hl/ha yield.

Drinking Window 2022 - 2034

Jamessuckling.com
- 91-92/100

This is an excellent example of the quality of 2018 for this appellation with dark-cherry, chocolate and hazelnut character. Medium-to full-bodied, firm tannins and a flavorful finish. Rich and fresh at the same time.

 

Tasting notes

Very dark and concentrated and tinged with crimson. The intense bouquet offers notes of black berry fruits, underscored by an elegant underlayer of oak. Fleshy on the palate, the wine is generous and concentrated, underscored by prominent, silky tannins. Enormous potential for this Pey La Tour Réserve, which culminates in a lengthy, very full-flavoured finish.

Blend

87% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon

Medals and Accolades

Guide Hachette
- 2etoile(s)

2 Etoiles = Vin Remarquable

Cette cuvée à dominante de merlot s'ouvre sur des nuances élégantes de vanille, de cassis et de myrtille. Superbe dès l'attaque, la bouche déroule une matière séveuse, crémeuse et suave, finement relevée de notes épicées. D'une persistance remarquable, la finale s'habille de subtils parfums d'encens qui donnent du relief à cet ensemble plein de noblesse.

La Revue du Vin de France
- 16/20

Propriété du négociant Bordelais Dourthe. Grâce à un travail remarquable au vignoble, Frédéric Bonnaffous, l'oenologue maison, réalise des vins fruités à dominante de cerise noire et cassis. Sapide et juteux, ce 2017 possède de très beaux tanins.

Vinous Media
- 90/100

The 2017 Pey La Tour Réserve du Château has a well defined bouquet with brambly red fruit, undergrowth and light inkwell aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, a fine bead of acidity, fresh and poised with well integrated oak on the finish. Very fine.

Jamessuckling.com
- 91/100

A tight and very fine-tannined red here with currants, dark chocolate and subtle, hazelnut undertones. Medium body. Pretty. A blend of 87% merlot and 13% cabernet sauvignon. Drink after 2021.

Yvesbeck.vin
- 90/100

87% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon

Bouquet fruité, invitant, de bonne intensité. Agréables notes de poudre de cacao, de baies rouges et de menthe. Bonne tension en bouche où l'on ressent des notes crayeuses et une rafraîchissante tension. Un vin de caractère, savoureux et juteux ! On va se régaler avec ce vin :-) 2022-2029

Talents de Bordeaux et Bordeaux supérieurs

Château Pey La Tour Réserve 2017 : Talent des Bordeaux Supérieur

Yvesbeck.vin
- 88-90/100

Pourpre violacé profond. Bouquet de bonne intensité aux notes de réglisse et de myrtilles. Touche de chocolat noir. Au palais, le vin est équilibré et doté d’une bonne intensité aromatique. Je retrouve les arômes de réglisse. Agréable touche crémeuse et structure racée qui confère de la fraîcheur. Les tannins assurent bien les arrières et le vin a un bon bagage pour l’avenir, tout en offrant de l’accessibilité dans sa jeunesse.

Tasting notes

Very concentrated, almost black in appearance. The intense bouquet delivers an explosion of black berry aromas, of primarily cherries and blackberries, together with a touch of spice. Full and generous on the palate, structured by delicate, silky tannins, coated in fresh, juicy fruit. The delicately integrated oak accompanies the full-flavoured, lingering finish of this superb, concentrated, fleshy and delicious Pey La Tour Reserve.

Blend

88% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petit Verdot

Medals and Accolades

Country Life

A wonderfully affordable Bordeaux full of vibrancy and freshness. Intense aromas of blackberry alongside spiced, soft tannins. It's full-bodied, but refined, with juicy fruit given structure by oak ageing. Lovely now, buy will age.  

Decanter
- 90/100

A wonderfully affordable Bordeaux full of vibrancy and freshness. Intense aromas of blackberry alongside spiced, soft tannins. It's full-bodied but refined, with juicy fruit given structure by oak ageing. Lovely now but will age.

Jamessuckling.com
- 91/100

This is 95 per cent merlot and shows freshness and brightness. Medium body with an excellent depth of fruit and firm tannins. Pretty finish. Delicious already, but can age as well.

 

Wine Enthusiast
- 91/100

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Packed with tannins, this is a dark, dense wine. Its impressive structure frames rich blackberry and plum fruits. Let this wine age for several years and don't drink before 2022.

Tasting notes

Deep and concentrated in appearance. Intense notes of black cherries, ripe fruits and spice define the wine on the bouquet. Generous on the attack, the silky wine coats the palate and reveals good structure. Delicately integrated oak, accompanies the savoury, lingering finish of this impressive, concentrated and fleshy Pey La Tour Réserve.

Blend

88% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petit Verdot

Medals and Accolades

Guide Hachette
- 2 Etoilesetoile(s)

Au nez, d'intenses notes viandées et cacaotées accompagnent un fruit très mûr et des senteurs méridionales de thym. La bouche se révèle soyeuse, suave, chaleureuse, étayée par des tanins doux, veloutés qui renforcent le côté  tendre et fort gourmand de ce 2015 solaire et déjà savoureux.

**= vin remarquable

Guide Bettane et Desseauve
- 15,5/20
Los Angeles International Wine Competition
- Médaille d'Or

Medaille d'or et BEST IN CLASS: 91/100

En Magnum

SUPER BORDEAUX, NOUVELLE PROMOTION 2015, L'EVIDENCE...Cette grande histoire des années en 5, nous l'avons déjà racontée en décembre ...

Erobertparker.com
- 88/100

The 2015 Pey La Tour Réserve is scented of black cherries, black plums and mulberries with touches of Indian spices and aged beef. The palate is soft, full-bodied and generously fruited with savory layers and a harmonious finish. Delicious now!

Jamessuckling.com
- 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. Drink in 2019 but already delicious.

 

Jeb Dunnuck.com
- 89/100

The 2015 Pey La Tour Réserve is another high quality, medium-bodied, incredibly charming Bordeaux Superior that reveals a deep ruby/plum color and notes of red and black fruits, candied violets, and bay leaf. Drink this fruit-loaded balanced, pleasure-bent 2015 over the coming 7-8 years.

Jancis Robinson.com
- 16/20

Ch Pey La Tour, Réserve 2015 Bordeaux SupérieurVery dark crimson indeed. Sweet start on the nose. Almost soupy, it's so ripe! Designed to make a statement rather than to be drunk? Drama queen!Drink 2022-2029

 

Jamessuckling.com
- 91 - 92/100

CHÂTEAU PEY LA TOUR BORDEAUX SUPÉRIEUR TASTING NOTE

Score 91-92

Excellent concentration of fruit and tannins in this wine with full body, round and silky tannins and a fresh finish. Really impressive.

Tasting notes

Intense ruby red in colour, red berry fruits with strawberry notes are unleashed on the lovely bouquet. Fleshy and supple on the attack, the wine develops attractive roundness on the finish, complemented by the fruit purity of this delicious Pey La Tour.

Blend

88% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petit Verdot

Medals and Accolades

Wine Enthusiast
- 91/100

A well-integrated wine, this brings together rich blackberry fruits, acidity and a core of dry tannins. With all these well-judged elements in place, the wine has a good future.

Erobertparker.com
- 89/100

The Pey La Tour 2014 Réserve du Château is classed as the First Wine of the estate compared to the regular Pey La Tour, the vines in the most favorable location and aged in barrel with a higher proportion of new oak. The 90% Merlot really comes through on the nose with mulberry, raspberry coulis and touches of wild heather. The palate is medium-bodied with supple red berry fruit, blackberry, a touch of Japanese nori and a faint touch of tobacco on the finish. It could benefit from more persistence on the finish, but it is satisfying for the vintage and well priced.

Jamessuckling.com
- 90/100

A Bordeaux Supérieur with plums and chocolate and a pleasant herbal note. The palate is round with dark fruits and polished tannins that harden a bit on the finish.

Vinous Media
- 89/100

The 2014 Pey la Tour is bold, juicy and delicious. Succulent red cherry, smoke, tobacco and savory herbs are pushed forward in this tasty, rustic Bordeaux Supérieur. I would prefer to drink the 2014 sooner rather than later, while the flavors retain their youthful exuberance.

Wine Enthusiast
- 89/100

This is a ripe generous wine that has solid tannins as well as red-plum flavors. It is concentrated and full of flavor. As the tannins soften, it is likely to be ready to drink from 2018.

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

(...) Un vin dense, bien constitué, assez tannique, bien élaboré. Une valeur sûre. 3-8 ans (...)

La Revue du Vin de France

Avec son nez ouvert de fruits et sa bouche bien définie, cette cuvée ravira les amateurs dans les deux à trois ans.

Erobertparker.com
- 88 - 90/100

The Château Pey la Tour Réserve 2014 is a blend 88% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petit Verdot and was picked October 2-20. The nose was showing a bit of new oak, but that seemed to dissipate with aeration. The palate is chewy on the entry with quite rich, almost citrus-fresh red berry fruit with a plush and quite sexy finish. Very fine.

 

LE PAN

Juicy and lifted with forward plum and cassis flavors. Well made, fairly simple with a soft mid-palate and good finish.

Terre de Vins

Très suave avec une grande buvabilité. Facile. Aucun maquillage.

Tasting notes

Highly concentrated and garnet-tinged in appearance. The intense, complex nose is redolent of black fruits and spice. Initially supple on the palate, the wine develops in volume, structured by prominent, intensely silky tannins, while the wine overall offers a mix of aromas, richness, freshness and harmony. A very well-balanced wine of greath length.

Blend

75% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon

Medals and Accolades

Falstaff
- 85 - 87+/100

Dunkles Rubingranat, violette Reflexe, zarter Wasserrand, zart blättrig unterlegtes dunkles Beerenkonfit, feine Holzwürze, Orangenzesten. Mittlerer K&ouml,rper, zarte Brombeernote, gut integrierte Tannine, zarte Extraktsü&szlig,e, harmonisch, ein vielseitiger Speisenbegleiter.

timatkin.com
- 87/100
Matthewjukes.com
- 15.5/20

Very well managed with bright purple fruit, crunchy not dry tannins and a neat, fresh finish. Good balance.

Jamessuckling.com
- 87 - 88/100

A solid wine for the appelation with blueberry and mineral character, a full body and chewy tannins. Fresh,too.

Tasting notes

Really appealing fresh fruit combined with spicy notes typify the bouquet of the Pey La Tour Reserve 2012. The rounded, generous palate is supported by soft, delicate tannins. A delicious, concentrated wine, with a hint of vanilla oak on the very lengthy, savoury, fresh finish.

Blend

85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc

Medals and Accolades

Gault&Millau
- 16/20

Légèrement truffe avec des notes d'épices, de fruits noirs. Rond, ample pour le millésime avec des tanins suaves et une belle construction harmonieuse sur la matière. Un bel effort pour le millésime.

Natalie Maclean.com
- 92/100

After two hours open in the glass, this wine transformed: far more aromatic than on first opening and the tannins smoothed out considerably. My score is based on that more open wine. This traditional Bordeaux blend has Merlot (90%), Cabernet Sauvignon (5%), Cabernet France (3%) and Petit Verdot (2%) grapes. Although Merlot leads in the blend, this is not a far Merlot, but rather a well-structured one. The wine is aged in oak, but only 20% is new so as not to impart heavy oak notes. Classic aromas of cassis and black currant with some pepper and smoke on the nose, palate and long finish. The 2012 vintage was a strong one and it shows in this value-priced Bordeaux. The vines are planted in calcerous-clay soils. Superb balance, depth and freshness. Pair with prime rib or a rare steak. Food pairings: prime rib roast rare, New York strip loin steak, Porterhouse veal chops.

Vinous Media
- 88/100

Pey La Tour's 2012 Reserve du Château offers plenty of up-front appeal in a mid-weight, floral style with lovely fruit and good overall balance at this level. Brambly notes and red cherry/plum notes add nuance is an attractive wine to drink now and over the next few years. This is a tasty, value-priced wine from Pey La Tour, one of the estates in the Dourthe family of properties. Antonio Galloni. Tasting date: July 2015

Decanter
- 16/20

"A lovely wine from the always-reliable Pey La Tour. Polished nose, crisp poised black fruits, more blueberry and bilberry here than soft cherry. Oak evident also. Good smooth texture, with high impact attack. Sleek, modern, from a blend of 90% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc." (86/100)

Guide Bettane et Desseauve
- 14.5 - 15/20

Gras, générosité sans raideur tannique, finale solide.

Wine Spectator
- 87 - 90/100

Fresh and forward, with polished damson plum and cherry fruit complemented by a tobacco thread on the finish. 

timatkin.com
- 88/100
Matthewjukes.com
- 16/20
Jancis Robinson.com
- 15.5/20

Bright crimson. Sweet and inky and easy. Then very chewy. Hard work! 

Jamessuckling.com
- 86 - 87/100

A little lean but pleasant blackberry and mineral character. Medium body. Fresh finish.

Wine Advocate
- 85 - 86/100

Sweet cranberry and black cherry fruit intermixed with forest floor and spice box aromas are followed by a medium-bodied, dark ruby-colored 2012 that is meant to be drunk within 2-3 years of the vintage.

Owned by the large negociant Dourthe firm, this consistently well-made wine is a blend of 90% Merlot and tiny quantities of other Bordeaux varietals.

The Wine Cellar Insider
- 87 - 89/100

For consumers looking for value, this Bordeaux Superieur packs a lot of flesh, ripe jammy berries, flavor and silky textures for the money. 87-89 Pts

Tasting notes

Very ripe on the nose, fleshy and wonderfully intense, revealing roasted, mocha notes. The wine is generous on the palate, well-balanced, with fine and rounded tannins which are evident but not at all aggressive. The wine is concentrated with a hint of freshness on the finish.

Blend

90% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot

Medals and Accolades

Gault&Millau

Légèrement graphite, épices, fruits noirs, la bouche reste souple, légère, bien en place pour un vin encore charmeur. 

Le Figaro Magazine

Dans l'immense réservoir des bordeaux supérieur, le vaste château Pey La Tour est remarquablement situé sur les beaux coteaux de l'entre-deux-mers. Bénéficiant du même traitement que les grands vins de la maison Dourthe, en particulier un élevage avec 48% de fûts neufs, il fait de l'ombre à bien des grands vins rouges avec un vin dense, savoureux, qui vieillira bien.

Wine & Spirits (USA)
- 88/100

Best buy

A tart, cherry-scented merlot (90 percent of the blend), this is meaty, with fresh tannins that add body and weight to the wine. Those tannins share an oaky character as well as the flavor of ripe blueberry skins. Simple and rich.

IWSC

SILVER MEDAL

La Revue du Vin de France
- 15/20

Voilà un joli bordeaux rouge, tendre, souple avec des tanins fins et joliment équilibrés. Le boisage est discret et bien intégré, formant un ensemble plaisant en bouche. À boire entre 2017 et 2020.

Guide Hubert
- 4etoile(s)

Nez intense, développant des arômes de fruits noirs et rouges bien mûrs, des notes minérales et de pierre chaude, bouche ample, avec un grain fin et une bonne longueur sur la fraîcheur.

Jamessuckling.com
- 87/100

Fresh blueberry and cherry character with hints of minerals. Medium to full body with medium-chewy tannins and a juicy finish. Needs a few years to soften. Try in 2016.

Tasting notes

Dark purple in appearance. The intense, fresh, red fruit aromas of blackcurrant and blackberry characterize the delicately oaked bouquet. The wine is fleshy on the palate and the aromas on the nose increase in intensity, whilst the structure is immediately noticeable. The effect rises like a crescendo and the flavors blend together, the acidity and alcohol form a perfect balance, and the aromas and delicate tannins integrate to perfection. Red fruit notes accompany the wine’s long finish. A great vintage, extremely elegant.

Blend

90% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot

Medals and Accolades

Decanter
- 17/20

Another reliable Dourthe estate, this huge 200ha vineyard in Entre-Deux-Mers offers consistently excellent value for money. Delicious fruity, it displays aromas of blackcurrant and plum, with fresh acidity balancing the fruit. (90/100)

Los Angeles International Wine Competition
- 92

MEDAILLE D'OR

Vinaria

Beachtliche Nase mit Anklängen von Cassis, schwarzen Oliven un Menthol, hochfeines Holz, sehr jugendlich; am Gaumen fruchttief und recht fokussiert mit noblem, dezentem Holz und gutem Druck bis nach hinten, balanciert und lang anhaltend, beachtliche Substanz.

Guide Bettane et Desseauve

Tout aussi élégant que le 2009, il propose un nez au fruit fondu et au boisé subtil, une bouche charnue et une longue finale fraîche.

Les Echos
Bordeaux généreux, harmonieux et stylé. On apprécie sa plénitude aromatique fruitée et fleurie, autant que sa bouche charmeuse et fraîche.
Guide RVF des bonnes affaires du vin
Un vin au fruit bien extrait qui donne une chair sans aucune rugosité de tanins. Agréable et souple.
Guide Hubert
- 4.5etoile(s)

Nez superbe, vraiment harmonieux et fondu, fruits noirs mûrs, boisé élégant, bouche dans le même esprit, fruitée, charnue, avec des tanins mûrs et une belle fraîcheur.

Gault&Millau
- 15/20

Du grand art pour une petite appellation c'est possible, comme avec cette cuvée au milieu de bouche plein, riche et doté d'une mâche avec du relief. Réussite et coup de coeur assuré pour sa profondeur sans lourdeur et son allonge tendre.

Wine Advocate
- 87/100

From the large negociant firm of Dourthe, this excellent wine is sexy, with low acidity, very bright tannin and copious quantities of red and black fruits as well as hints of licorice, earth and camphor. 

Wine Spectator
- 89/100

Ripe, fleshy and pure, with delicious plum, blackberry and black cherry pâte de fruit seamlessly layered, wrapped with suave espresso and roasted mesquite notes. There's juicy grip through the finish. 

Guide Hachette
- 1etoile(s)

Jolie réussite pour cette propriété de l'Entre-deux-Mers. Pour apprécier son nez frais et gourmand, il faut accorder à ce 2010 un peu de temps et d'aération pour que les senteurs vanillées et grillées de l'élevage laissent la place aux fruits. La bouche propose également un crescendo de sensations: à la fois fruitée et épicée, elle se fait soyeuse, puis gagne en volume et en charpente. Un bel équilibre se dessine, qui se révélera totalement après trois ans de garde.

timatkin.com
- 88/100
Jamessuckling.com
- 88 - 89/100

Bright berry, with hints of plums and citrus fruit. Full with soft tannins and a medium finish.

The Wine Cellar Insider
- 86 - 88/100

Pey La Tour is a fun, simple, uncomplicated easy to like 90% Merlot based wine available for a fair price. 

Erobertparker.com
This property, owned by the large negociant firm of Dourthe, has turned out a sweet black cherry and black currant-scented and flavored 2010 with medium body,silky tannin and immediate appeal. Drink it during its first 3-5 years of life.

Tasting notes

The wine is deep black in colour. Fruit aromas explode on the nose, divulging cherries, redcurrants, blackcurrants and blackberries. The wine is crisp and fleshy on the palate, underpinned by extremely delicate tannins, whilst the aromatic complexity of the bouquet is echoed on the finish. This Pey La Tour Reserve is quite delicious, just like an intensely ripe fruit !

Blend

90% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petit Verdot

Medals and Accolades

The Times

A bold merlot-based claret, from the quality-minded Dourthe stable. Enjoy this rich, beefy, tannic 14.5 per cent alcohol claret now with a hearthy game stew. Or put it away for a few years for the tannins to soften and spicy scents to emerge.

Natalie Maclean.com
- 89/100

This classic Bordeaux blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon delivers supreme value for the Bordeaux region where you'll be hard-pressed (no pun intended) to find this quality at this price point. Very balanced and elegant, yet full-bodied with dark fruit aromas and just enough toasty oak.

Guide des meilleurs vins de 10$ à 30$

3 étoiles

Issu d'une longue tradition, ce vin est très représentatif de l'appellation et du coin de pays d'où il provient. Majoritairement élaboré à base de merlot, on reconnaît ses arômes et sa sensualité, et ce, autant au nez, qu'en bouche. Arborant une robe rubis dense et foncée, il étale des nuances de poivron côtoyant des accents de violette, ainsi que des notes bien appuyées de cassis et de bois torréfié. La bouche est ample, munie de tannins étoffés, mais possédant un grain agréable et soyeux. Bonne présence de fruit transportée par une acidité bien équilibrée avec son côté moelleux. Long et savoureux.

Los Angeles International Wine Competition
- 92

MEDAILLE D'OR

IWSC

SILVER MEDAL

Gault&Millau
- 14.5/20

Bordeaux Supérieur au fruité dense et concentré, ce Château Pey La Tour affiche des lignes très athlétiques, avec un fruité à l'esprit sudiste, juteux et bien mûr. Baies sauvages, myrtille et épices douces se mêlent à une bouche à la fois veloutée et pleine de tempérament.

Wine Enthusiast
- 87/100

Smoky, ripe and juicy, this wine's weight and tannins are secondary to the plum note and balancing acidity. The wine is open, generous and delicious already.

Guide Phaneuf

3 étoiles

Vin recommandable.

Guide Aubry
Chez Dourthe, on choisit ses approvisionnements en matière première, mais surtout on procède à un suivi rigoureux des parcelles et vignobles, ce qui permet de livrer avec succès et régularité des cuvées de qualité, comme celle-ci. Si l'impact de la barrique se fait encore sentir sur ce 2009, avouons tout de même qu'il y a de la matière fruitée derrière pour renforcer l'équilibre. La robe est jeune et profonde, les arômes sont mûrs et compacts, avec des notes torréfiées et empyreumatiques, sur fond de fruits noirs. Mais c'est surtout la texture qui intéresse, offrant une impression de sucrosité sur de beaux tanins gommés, presque sphériques. Un régal avec la classique entrcôte à la bordelaise!
TAST
La construction est sérieuse, c'est un bon bordeaux classique, long avec de jolis tanins et de la mâche.
Cuisine et Vins de France
Cette cuvée, ample et charnue, armée de tanins solides, est dotée d'une appréciable persistance. Elle s'ouvre dès maintenant ou se garde encore 4 ou 5 ans. Pour des viandes rouges rôties, des gibiers des côtes de porc.
Guide Bettane et Desseauve

Beaucoup de style pour ce vin très aromatique, fruité et fleuri, à la bouche charmeuse et bien fraîche.

Guide RVF des bonnes affaires du vin
- 15/20

Bonne matière, de la tenue et des tanins assez denses. Bonne expression de fruit et de la longueur. Un bordeaux supérieur élégant et bien vinifié pour cette propriété de 190 hectares.

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
- 87/100

Good full red-ruby. Black cherry, violet, bitter chocolate and menthol on the nose. Fat and sweet in the mouth, with a hint of chocolatey overripeness to the flavors of black cherry, cassis and licorice. Finishes with fairly fine-grained tannins, moderate length and a slightly disjointed overripe/herbal quality.

Wine Spectator

A touch overt, with a slightly baked edge to the fig, rhubarb and cherry notes, backed by roasted cedar on the finish...

Wine Advocate
Another attractive, value-priced Bordeaux from the reliable Dourthe company, the wine displays plenty of lead pencil, black currant and kirsch-like fruit in a savory, fleshy, medium-bodied style with low acidity and ripe tannin. This generously endowed wine should drink nicely for 3-4 years.
Guide Phaneuf
- 3etoile(s)

Ce vin de facture moderne, composé essentiellement de merlot est devenu un incontournable au répertoire général. Rien de complexe, mais ample, assez charnu et taillé pour plaire. ce qu'il semble réussir aisément.

Decanter

**** (4 stars) Rich, spicy fruit and fairly dark in colour, perhaps from its dash of petit verdot, that rounds out the blend of merlot and cabernet sauvignon. It is a touch hot on the attack, but rights itself and tastes very enjoyable. Good confident winemaking from this ever-reliable estate.

Guide Hachette
- 2etoile(s)

Situé à mi-chemin de Bordeaux et de Saint-Emilion, cette vaste propriété viticole dispose d'un centre de formation et d'un site hôtelier permettant l'organisation de séminaires. Acquise par les vignobles Dourthe il y a vingt ans, elle participe à la réputation de cette maison avec cette Réserve au bouquet gourmand de fruits confits et de chocolat. Franche et ample dès l'attaque, la bouche joue à la fois sur la douceur, la puissance et la rondeur, elle s'appuie sur des tanins enrobés et dévoile une finale chaleureuse qui s'entendra à merveille dans deux ans avec une côte de bœuf. (2 étoiles = vin remarquable)

La Revue du Vin de France
Réussites: Très mûr, dense, concentré, voici un vin de gourmandise, bien tenu par des tanins fins.
La Revue du Vin de France
Le fruit est bien calé dans une bouche extrêmement droite. Distingué, ce château Pey la Tour a beaucoup d'allure.
Wine Advocate
- 87-88/100

From the Dourthe firm, this dark ruby/purple-tinged generic Bordeaux possesses sweet black cherry and black currant fruit intermixed with hints of loamy soil and underbrush, a round, generous mouthfeel, and upfront, exuberant fruit. This is a perfect example of the type of Bordeaux bargain hunters should check out. Drink it over the next 2-3 years. (Tasted two times.) Drink 2010-2013.

Wine Spectator
- 85 - 88/100

This has slightly cooked fruit, but with some pleasing jam and berry character as well. Medium-bodied, with soft tannins.



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