Tasting notes by David Allen MW, April 2012
Château Léoville Las Cases, 2eme Grand Cru Classé, Saint-Julien 2011
Deep, dark, purple black colour that is very nearly opaque.
The nose is rich and deep with meaty warmth.
The palate is initially dominated by dense oak tannins with soft acidity. Deep mulberry and black fruits with hints of chocolate eventually emerge from behind the lovely new cedar and vanilla oak. Alcohol is balanced and the finish resolves itself as having plentiful fine tannins, black fruits, chocolate and cocoa butter.
Château Leoville-Barton, 2eme Grand Cru Classé, Saint-Julien 2011
Opaque with an inky purple black colour.
Aromas are tight knit and oak dominated.
This is a dense, thick, chewy wine balanced by good acidity. The tannins are very fine and quite drying. The cassis and cherry fruit is overlaid by plentiful new oak. The alcohol is perhaps a touch warm. Tannins on the finish are relatively supple. This is a classy wine in an oak dominated style typical of Leoville Barton.
Château Langoa-Barton, 3eme Grand Cru Classé, Saint-Julien 2011
Deep, dark, opaque purple red colour
Lovely lifted cassis and boysenberry aromas.
On the palate the tannins are firm, drying and quite astringent. There is a lovely fresh cassis and boysenberry fruit and defined cedary oak. The acid is superb, giving the wine a long clean finish. This is a very nice wine indeed.
Château Beychevelle, 4eme Grand Cru Classé, Saint-Julien 2011
Deep, dark, purple/red colour.
Aromas are savoury with a slightly green edge.
Fresh acidity with some cassis flavours and plentiful fine tannins that are not astringent. The alcohol is balanced to warm and the savoury black fruit flavours last well. Tannins on the finish are supple and have some sweetness.
Château Talbot, 4eme Grand Cru Classé, Saint-Julien 2011
Purple/black colour is virtually opaque.
The wine’s aromas are relatively restrained with bramble jam and black cherry fruit overlaid by savoury characteristics and clean new oak.
Initially the wine shows fair acidity and drying tannins, then it deploys its lovely lifted cassis and blackcurrant fruit. Alcohol is balanced allowing the finish to linger well where the juicy fruit comes through the tight gripping tannins.