1990 Château Magneau
Owned by the Ardurats family since the 18th century. According to David Peppercorn they only had 6 ha of red wine in the 80´s but now it have increased to 20 ha. About 50% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc.
The nose is earthy and mature with notes of warm tiles, cool black currant fruit, some plums and a hint of iron. Very good.
The taste is cool and mature with silky tannins and notes of dried black currants, earth and black lead. A tad short. Perfectly mature.
87p (tasted 2022/06)
2000 Château Grand Merrain
Situated near St Julien this estate has almost the same cepage as the wine above - 50% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc.
The nose is open and warm with notes of ripe black currants, sweet tobacco, charcoal and chrushed rocks. Very good.
The taste is tight and fine with notes of dried plums, dusty earth and dry tobacco. Good fruit but a tad one dimensional on the palate.
Both bottles bought recently for 15 Euro a piece..:-)
85p (tasted 2022/06)