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Chateau Noaillac, Cru Bourgeois 2016
Merlot 55%, Cabernet Sauvignon 40%, Petit Verdot 5%
Chateau Noaillac is now producing succulent, lovely early drinking claret. Peppery red fruit nose tinged with a hint of liquorice followed by faintly toasted cedar, earth and spice. The palate is still on the lighter side with generous ripe blackcurrant and mulberry flavours over toasty cedar, earth and spice nuances. Dryish finish with a sturdy tannin structure providing some grip. Aftertaste of blackcurrant, subtle liquorice, toasty cedar, earth and spice. A top example of entry level Bordeaux that delivers fantastic value.
A rising star. Damien, Marc Pages’s grandson, took over the running of this property some years ago.Some 40 years ago, they realised that the soil in this northerly part of the Medoc once produced excellent wines and the land had been abandoned. Now with 46 hectares, and the vines becoming older, 20-25 years on average, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 55% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, a new chai with rows of temperature controlled stainless steel vats and an immaculate barrel cellar. Château Noaillac is now producing succulent, lovely early drinking claret.
Wine Advocate 90pts (2014) - The 2014 Noaillac has a well defined cedar and mint-infused bouquet that opens up with quite lively and energetic black fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with fine and supple tannin, very well judged acidity, natural and refined with a very pure finish that does not shortchange you in terms of fruit. I have encountered some very good wines from this Medoc -- the 2014 is definitely one of them. Tasted September 2016.