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  • Julia Harding MW
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  • Julia Harding MW
12 Apr 2012
 


See also our guide to all things Bordeaux 2011.

  • Dom De l'A 2011 Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux

    80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc. Dark and not terribly expressive on the nose, a touch meaty but floral too. Again has lovely fresh, juicy acidity and generous fruit in the middle – much more expressive on the palate. Tightens up on the finish and lingers. Complete and satisfying. (JH)

    Drink 2015-2021
    16.5
  • Ch D'Aiguilhe 2011 Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux

    52 ha now, producing about 170,000 bottles. 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc. Incredible colour – dark, dark with purple rim. Bright dark fruit, tension and freshness and a dry firm grip but fully ripe and a roundness in the mouth. Lots of structure and depth. (JH)

    Drink 2017-2025
    16.5
  • Dom De l'Aurage 2011 Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux

    Mostly Merlot. Ripe, red fruited, a little bloody. It's fresh but also a bit meaty and savoury (maybe a touch of Brett?). Tannins are firm but don't stick out. (JH)

    Drink 2015-2021
    15.5
  • Dom De Cambes 2011 Bordeaux

    Next to Roc de Cambes but not all the vines are in Bourg. Bright, lifted red-cherry fruit. A light chew, lots of freshness and nicely juicy. Dry, grainy tannins. Fresh overall and just a slight bitterness on the finish. Denser than Dom de l’Aurage but more rounded too. (JH)

    Drink 2015-2021
    16
  • Ch Carignan 2011 Premières Côtes de Bordeaux

    Vineyard encépagement: 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc. Dark crimson and wide cherry rim. Vanilla and cedary black fruit. Light in the middle, refined dry tannins. A bit insubstantial but harmonious. Cedary finish. (JH)

    Drink 2016-2022
    15
  • Ch Carignan, Prima 2011 Premières Côtes de Bordeaux

    Dark cherry crimson with black core. Ripe fruit on the nose but then much drier on the palate. Firm and dry texture, finishing dry too. Slightly bitter finish. I prefer the straight Ch Carignan. (JH)

    Drink 2017-2024
    14.5
  • Clos Les Lunelles 2011 Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux

    Eight hectares in Ste-Colombe with similar soil to Pavie Decesse (clay over limestone). Very dark, a little figgy on the nose. Same dark ripeness on the palate with chalky dense tannins. Dense, very firm and dry. Unyielding but plenty to come. Just fresh enough. Very thick texture says leave me alone. (JH)

    Drink 2018-2026
    16
  • Clos Puy Arnaud 2011 Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux

    Deep cherry crimson. Very ripe fruit-cake aroma. Then much fresher tasting and extremely juicy on the palate. Acidity sticks out a bit on the finish. (JH)

    Drink 2016-2024
    15.5
  • Ch Côte Montpezat 2011 Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux

    70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Deep dark cherry colour. Very attractive soft herbal and tobacco notes and a touch floral, dark and dusty fruit. Great acidity, very soft texture. Rich and caressing but with freshness on the finish and a gentle grip on the very end. (JH)

    Drink 2016-2022
    16.5
  • Girolate 2011 Bordeaux

    100% Merlot. Intense colour of elderberry juice. Dark savoury cassis and plum with a touch of char. Pretty oaky on the palate though the fruit is clear and fresh underneath. Firm, dry tannins but the freshness and juiciness returns on the finish. (JH)

    Drink 2016-2024
    16
  • Ch Grand Village 2011 Bordeaux Supérieur

    83% Merlot (harvested 13-14, 21 and 29 September), 17% Cabernet Franc (1 October). Rich deep black cherry colour. Gentle, restrained dark fruit. Delicately fragrant. Fine and upright and quite strict but with dark fruit spreading on the mid palate. Refined and long. So fine. (JH)

    Drink 2014-2020
    16.5
  • Ch Grand Village, G Acte 3 2011 Bordeaux Supérieur

    Some of the vines are in the Fronsac appellation and some in Bordeaux so it has to be a Bordeaux Supérieur. 44% Cabernet Franc (3 October), 56% Merlot (21,26 September). Dark blackish crimson. Cool, minerally, small-berried dark fruit. Not particularly aromatic. Fluid, lightish in the middle but quite long. Refined tannins, long but quite slender. (JH)

    Drink 2015-2023
    16
  • Ch Joanin Bécot 2011 Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux

    Vineyard encépagement: 75% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc. Dark, lively and spicy cassis with some oak spice over the top. Dense but still fresh and lively. Lots of juicy dark fruit across the mid palate and a fresh aftertaste. (JH)

    Drink 2017-2027
    16
  • Ch Marjosse 2011 Bordeaux

    Deep crimson. Sweet, slightly dusty cherry. Ripe and juicy. Really quite rich and rewarding on the palate. (JH)

    Drink 2014-2020
    16
  • Ch Marsau 2011 Francs Côtes de Bordeaux

    Merlot. Rich deep black cherry colour. Perfumed red fruit - very ripe cherries and plums. A fruit bomb on the nose. Sweet and pretty ripe but not overly so. A touch overripe but creamy textured on the palate, full flavoured and juicy. Well structured and with the emphasis on the fruit, finishing fresh with some savoury character. High acidity sticks out a little on the finish. (JH)

    Drink 2016-2022
    16
  • Ch Montlandrie 2011 Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux

    75% Merlot (harvested 20-23 September), 25% Cabernet Franc (24-26 September), 50% new oak. Deep inky black cherry. Purple rim. Again that red fruit on the nose but also a light graphite edge. Cool and juicy and less dry than the Amélisse though the tannins are there and there's some oak in evidence. (JH)

    13.8%
    Drink 2016-2021
    15.5
  • Ch Puygueraud 2011 Francs Côtes de Bordeaux

    Sweet and chocolatey on the nose. Vanilla and violets. Like a chocolate box on the nose. Chocolate on the palate too but also some rich cassis. Smooth and gentle with gentle tannins too. (JH)

    Drink 2015-2022
    16
  • Ch Reynon 2011 Premières Côtes de Bordeaux

    Vineyard encépagement: 84% Merlot, 9% Petit Verdot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon. Chocolatey dark fruit. Very ripe, almost too ripe. But there's plenty of freshness and juice on the palate. Just a little extreme on finish. (JH)

    Drink 2015-2021
    15.5
  • Roc de Cambes 2011 Côtes de Bourg

    Freshly crushed blackcurrants and plums – explosive fruit – which is why François Mitjavile wanted us to taste the Tertre Roteboeuf before this. Amazing range of aromas – not just the dark fruit but also orange, possibly even mango and lavender and garrigue. 'Spéctaculaire', says Mitjavile, summing it up nicely. Super smooth, rich and explosive. Doesn't have the intelligent elegance of Roteboeuf but it is a terrific full-on tasting experience. (JH)

    Drink 2016-2024
    17
  • Ch De Sours, La Source Rosé 2011 Bordeaux

    80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc. Fermented in French oak (30% new). 10 months on lees. Pretty, pale partridge-eye pink. Delicate aroma of Victoria plums and blackcurrant. Fruity and lively, with a really nice texture – creamy with a slight grain. Fresh and zesty. Medium bodied and well sustained. (JH)

    12.5%
    Drink 2013-2015
    16
  • Ch De Sours, La Source 2011 Bordeaux

    100% Merlot. 40% new oak. Deep cherry red. Sweet and freshly ripe plum and red cherry fruit. Light oak spice. Although the fruit flavours are ripe and dense, the acidity is pretty marked, accentuating the firm though smooth tannins. Very fresh finish, almost tart. (JH)

    13.5%
    Drink 2014-2018
    15.5
  • Ch Thieuley 2011 Bordeaux

    Vineyard encépagement: 70% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. Black cherry colour and black core. Sweet, lifted ripe blueberry and damson fruit. A touch floral. Lively and fruity on the palate. Gentle fade. (JH)

    Drink 2015-2023
    15.5
  • Ch Tour de Mirambeau, Cuvée Passion 2011 Bordeaux

    Vineyard encépagement: 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc. Black cherry colour. Dusty but fragrant. Very fluid and fresh on the palate, the tannins fine and already rather silky. Lively, fresh and straightforward for the shorter term. (JH)

    Drink 2015-2022
    15.5
  • Ch Val de Roc 2011 Bordeaux

    The wine of the vineyard manager. Pretty dry and a bit lean. Drying finish. (JH)

    Drink 2015-2020
    14.5
  • Ch Veyry 2011 Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux

    Vineyard encépagement: 95% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc. Black core with purple rim. Sweet dark and spicy. Then lovely fresh but fully ripe fruit on the palate. Firm but velvety tannins and fresh on the finish. (JH)

    Drink 2017-2026
    16