Château Berliquet, Grand Cru Classé, 2018

  Château Berliquet

Château Berliquet, Grand Cru Classé

This is the first full vintage of the new regime, and under the tenure of Nicolas Audebert, there has been an immediate improvement. This lovely 10 hectare plot between Canon and Angelus had been underperforming, but now in the hands of the Wertheimer family, there is the potential for this to be one of the great crus of St Emilion. Produced from 78% Merlot and 22% Cabernet Franc. It possesses a cool, mineral, earthy style. There is something intensely ferrous about this, you can taste the terroir. One can quite easily see the connection to Canon, they are kindred spirits, although Canon has a more ethereal style, this is more savoury and just lacks the sleekness and polish of its neighbour. It finishes with dark fruits, notes of tapenade, graphite and mineral. There's good texture and plenty of material. If it fleshes out during élevage it will be a very good buy.

Contains Sulphites.

Appellation: St Emilion

St-Émilion is a very different region to those of the Médoc, dominated by small-holding farmers and estates rather than grand Châteaux. Merlot is widely planted as is Cabernet Franc in some parts. The wines are enormously variable in style depending on the terroir, the grape variety make-up and winemaking style. Loosely the region is divided between the limestone Côtes, Graves or gravelly limestone plateau or the sandy alluvial soils nearer the Dordogne. Traditionally Médoc wines were trade from Bordeaux and St Emilions from Libourne so they have their own classification system separate to that of 1855. The classification is revised every ten years and falls into four categories, St Emilion, St Emilion Grand Cru, St Emilion Grand Cru Classé and St Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé
Most of the district's best properties are either on the steep, clay-limestone hillsides immediately below the town or on a gravelly section of the plateau west of St Emilion itself abutting Pomerol. There are several high profile estates in the region, including Cheval Blanc, Ausone, Figeac, Le Dôme, Valandraud and Pavie.

Grape Blend: Merlot | Cab. Franc

Cabernet Franc with its unique herb infused red berry fragrance, adds backbone and acidity to the sensual, round favours of Merlot. This is as tried and tested combination used in the vast majority of serious St Emilion and Pomerol blends.