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Chateau Noaillac, Cru Bourgeois - Half 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. Chateau Noaillac is now producing succulent, lovely early drinking claret.
Wine Advocate 88pts (2015) - Tasted at the Cru Bourgeois annual tasting, the 2015 Noaillac has a clean and ripe bouquet with ample blackberry and boysenberry fruit, a slight marine influence surfacing with time. The palate is medium-bodied with soft and supple tannin. This is very velvety in texture, almost to the point where I would have liked more reserve and a tad more dryness on the finish. This is one case where the 2014 might turn out better than its successor. Tasted September 2017.