2018 Puygueraud (Cote des Francs)

85% Merlot/12% Cabernet Sauvignon/ 3% Malbec. Yield 42 hl/ha. In the hands of Nicolas Thienpoint, this is one of the flagship estates on the Cotes de Francs, an area whose terroir is attracting more and more high-profile interest. Vivid, intense and floral, smooth and rounded. The fact this is grown on limestone-heavy soils probably explains the freshness that makes this very drinkable. (NT 15/04/19)
Cote des Francs, Right bank, Bordeaux FRANCE
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92 points, Jane Anson, decanter.com, April 2019
16 points, Julia Harding, jancisrobinson.com, April 2019
90-92 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, robertparker.com, April 2019
88-90 points, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2019
93-95 points, Chris Kissack,

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Media Reviews

Jane Anson

This is great stuff and highly drinkable with a wonderful richness on the nose and palate. It’s pretty fierce in fact and has real impact with the austerity of the mid palate quickly filled out by rich sweet black cherry fruit and a deeply spiced finish. The harvest took place between 24 September and 5 October. 92 points

Julia Harding

85% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, 3% Malbec. Black core, purple. Sweet bramble fruit and a light note of oak sweetness. Dark and a little charry on the palate but the tannins are silky. The fruit profile is a little severe but there`s freshness on the finish. 16 points

Lisa Perrotti-Brown

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Puygueraud features scents of warm blueberries, plum preserves and kirsch with touches of chocolate box and yeast extract. Full-bodied with a firm frame of ripe, grainy tannins, it has loads of freshness lifting the densely packed layers of black fruit and finishes with great length. 90-92 points

Antonio Galloni

The 2018 Puygueraud packs a serious punch. Bold, super-ripe and explosive, the 2018 possesses striking depth at this level. Blackberry jam, chocolate, grilled herbs and spice are all generous in this rich Côtes de Francs. It will be interesting to see how the 2018 develops during élevage. Today, it is quite promising and complex, especially within its peer group. Even with gentler hand in vinification, the 2018 is a powerful wine that very much shows the richness of the year. The blend is 85% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 3% Malbec. Tasted three times. 88-90 points

Chris Kissack

From Nicolas Thienpont, this is 85% Merlot, picked September 24th, 26th and 28th, October 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th, 12% Cabernet Franc, picked October 5th and the 9th, and 3% Malbec, picked October 1st. The yield was 42 hl/ha, from 31.4 hectares. A very pure style, fresh, with black cherry stone and vanilla flowers. Quite taut and sinewy on the palate, lush in the middle, with dark liquorice and soy notes swirled a round the black cherry fruits. There are little savoury notes of black bean, peppered oak, with grip and energy, and a nicely grained bed of tannins. Fresh, charming, confident, this will drink well for a decade if not more. Well done. 93-95 points

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