Château Lamothe-Vincent Rouge Intense 2013
Fabien Vincent has used 100% Merlot for the 2013, of which 1/3 undergoes the malolactic fermentation in French oak barrels. It is deep in colour, with a leafy, cedary nose, leading into ripe, soft, rounded cassis, crushed strawberry and black fruits with liquorice and vanilla in the background and good length. It is lovely now but will age well over the next five years.
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Château Goddard-Bellevue 2011
AOC Francs, Côtes de Bordeaux
This made from 40 year old vines of 65% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. It spend 12 months in oak barriques of which 1/3 are new, 1/3 are one year old and 1/3 are two year old barrels – to ensure that the oak improves the texture of the wine without imparting obvious oak flavours.
The 2011 vintage was very good and the wine has a deep purple colour. On the nose there are beguiling aromas of ripe black fruits with hints of cedar and cigar box. On the palate, there is superb concentration of soft, rich dark fruits with a touch of liquorice at the finish, and soft ripe tannins. It is lovely now, but will become more complex and softer over the next five years.