Update on the 2016 case, 3 bottles in. While none (so far) can compete with the likes of a Baron de Brane (at twice the price), for £15 ish these are VERY good drinking and I seriously would suggest these 2016’s for a Bordeaux tasting amongst friends. Quite surprisingly the stylistic variation is considerable and very interesting, these are very different wines indeed - yet 5 are Medoc / Haut Medoc !
Bertin de saint clair = ‘old school’ Medoc: plenty of Cabernet and P Verdot giving tannin, spice and grip aplenty. Not easy to love, but it grows on you - very French.
Cap de Haut = plush & velvety, there must be a lot of Merlot here. Almost Pomerol / New-World and immediately enjoyable, yet I miss the old-world jagged edges & bite of the cheaper Bertin…
Pierbone = very balanced, drinks like a declassified wine from a posh chateau with young vines. Thoroughly drinkable, Bistrot wine and that is a compliment.
Looking forward to the other 3 later this week.
Case now sold out, only one individually sold out is the Senejac…I will compile my own I think…thanks for the notes.
The Courlat is drinking really nicely now IMO, I’ve just got back from St Emilion where I got to try it at actually at JB Audy. If of interest, my slightly scrappy tasting notes were “Bit of a floral nose and developing/bit of balsamic richness, damson/plums, bitter cherry, dusty smokey mocha, bit of baking spice. Tannins grippy and good, nice structure balance of acid/alc/fruit”
Will be interested to here what you think when you try it!
Senejac you can get from co-op ! But it’s 2020 not 2016
I should also stress that the 2016 case is not fine-wine! Midweekers more like.
Thanks…we tend to have pretty small co-ops here in more outlying towns and I doubt if they will have it…I decided to add another slightly higher end wine (Poujeaux from Moulis), but otherwise went for the other 5 bottles.
While it’s not top end, nor is it bottom end, and I think that some of these will get a weekend outing chez Colman too! I had a bit of a ‘gap’ in the cellar between the 2009/10s, and the 2019s, which while partly filled by the quite fruit forward '15s, needed a bit of bolstering. Some of my lower end '15s are nearly finished now. I’ll see how I like these '16s and maybe buy a bit more if they are to my taste - looks like quite a few will have a bit ahead of them yet.
They often seem to miss price it though, I have picked it up at far less than the routine cost.
And that is my choice made for Tuesday evening - many thanks @catherine. I already have pork chops in the fridge so will aim for something with plums (plenty on the tree) so maybe Asian?
Update part deux et demi - ( demi because no Senejac yet tasted )
Courlat = day one… oh dear, what were the buyers thinking : first glass: Merlot writ large - a simple and over-rich New World style single varietal wine. Day two the wine is transformed and NOW it’s an excellent Saint-Émilion with complexity, bells and whistles aplenty. I would certainly buy again and next time give it several hours in a decanter to open out.
Peybrabon = Strangely travelling in the opposite direction to the Courlat. Day one this is rather fine: a good midweek Claret enhanced by a great year, thoroughly Medoc. Although by day two it is somewhat less interesting - still good drinking but more rounded out.
Conclusion: both are good, the 2016 vintage helping considerably with these Petit Chateau and as @catherine says: drinking very well now. Choosing between them very much depends on personal preference - I would be happy with both !.
My experience of two older vintages of this supports your comment that it’s better on Day 1 than 2.
I’m not sure I’ve ever had a claret that improved on day 2.
The 2016 Ampellia has just dropped into it’s “bloody hell I cant believe this has morphed into something so lovely for what I paid for it” window.
My tasting notes in general support this, but Belgrave 2009, Maucaillou 2010 and Leoville Barton '02 were exceptions.
Angludet’s second wine, except in 2017 it was their only wine, apparently, so maybe a good buy. Finish is a tad ropey but the fragrance is great.
I do like Berry’s own-label branding.
Sorry, but i was under the impression from my visit to Angludet in 2020, that La Reserve d’Angludet (recently renamed to La Dame D’Angludet) was their second wine - a rare beast to find in the UK but i found it once in Somerset! However, the Sichels do make a lot of wine!
That’s correct, seems the Berry’s Margaux is the Reserve/Dame under their own label. They describe it as the second wine on the back, and it’s roughly the same price.