Saint-Émilion & Pomerol, 2011

2011 was an average to good Bordeaux vintage, following two excellent vintages in 2009 and 2010.

It was a tricky growing season across the region with early heat and drought, then heavy rains resulting in some uneven ripening, rot and consequently low yields. Generally, wines lacked alcohol and were high in tannins, but as ever, those producers with the skills, extra desire and/or financial resources made some good wines. Careful Fruit handling in the cellar was also crucial due to the high concentration and tannin – so as not to extract too much of either – and those of good practice made wines of freshness and elegance with cellar potential. 2011 will be defined as a mixed ‘winemaker’s’ vintage.

On the right bank, Pomerol was the most consistent quality appellation – being particularly fresh and ripe. In Saint-Émilion those producers who utilised high proportions of Cabernet Franc in their wines also excelled.

Saint-Émilion & Pomerol, 2011

2011 was an average to good Bordeaux vintage, following two excellent vintages in 2009 and 2010.

It was a tricky growing season across the region with early heat and drought, then heavy rains resulting in some uneven ripening, rot and consequently low yields. Generally, wines lacked alcohol and were high in tannins, but as ever, those producers with the skills, extra desire and/or financial resources made some good wines. Careful Fruit handling in the cellar was also crucial due to the high concentration and tannin – so as not to extract too much of either – and those of good practice made wines of freshness and elegance with cellar potential. 2011 will be defined as a mixed ‘winemaker’s’ vintage.

On the right bank, Pomerol was the most consistent quality appellation – being particularly fresh and ripe. In Saint-Émilion those producers who utilised high proportions of Cabernet Franc in their wines also excelled.

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  1. Château l'Eglise Clinet, 2011

    Château l'Eglise Clinet, 2011

    Pomerol, Bordeaux, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2017-2035
    Reviewer Rating: 95 - Robert Parker

    "...this full-bodied, opulent, rich beauty exhibits impressive purity, texture, richness and length...it moves more in the direction of the opulence and flashy, showy fruit of Hosanna and Petrus." Robert Parker

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  2. Château Le Tertre Roteboeuf, 2011 - Cadman Fine Wines

    Château Le Tertre Roteboeuf, 2011

    Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2017-2025
    Reviewer Rating: 90 - Ian D'Agata

    “Sexy floral nose combines red cherry, candied rose and toffee, along with a spicy topnote. Sweet, fine-grained and dense, offering bright blackcurrant and red cherry flavors plus a touch of vanilla.” Ian D'Agata

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  3. Château Angelus, 2011

    Château Angelus, 2011

    Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2017-2029
    Reviewer Rating: 94 - Robert Parker

    "The 2011 Angelus is another winner from Hubert de Bouard. Supple and sexy with lots of blueberry and black raspberry fruit intermixed with licorice, barbecue smoke and camphor...medium to full-bodied, supple-textured, sexy effort..." Robert Parker

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  4. Château Cheval Blanc, 2011

    Château Cheval Blanc, 2011

    Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2017-2035
    Reviewer Rating: 95 - Robert Parker

    "The 2011 Cheval Blanc is one of the more plump, opulent and sexy Cheval Blancs made over recent vintages, and its forwardness, lusciousness and complexity seemingly suggest this wine is on a fast evolutionary track...Bravo!" Robert Parker

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