2006 CHÂTEAU L'ARROSÉE Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion
||Origin: France, Bordeaux
Lea & Sandeman review
The Cailles of l'Arrosée constructed a prototype circular sorting table this year, and patented it. A good year for it, since here as everywhere careful sorting was needed, and about 10% was discarded from the already low 34hl/ha yield. The principle is that of an airport baggage reclaim belt, the grapes stay on the table going round and round until someone makes the positive decision to put them into the vat, rather than traditional tables which work more on the lines of giving a set time to remove the rotten or unripe fruit down the length of a conveyor belt, after which anything left goes in. This is a modern style, rich in oak and spice, but it is a very traditonal mineral fruit that really drives the wine. Deep colour, rich ripe nose, fresh, taut and lovely concentration, a fine density of fruit. Tannins do come in more on the finish, but the fruit and juicy acidity rule. It is 60% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, and it is this Cabernet which gives it its 'straightness' of style. A property right back on form which one can only imagine getting better from here.
Other reviews and comments
A lovely, well defined minerally nose with wild strawberry, cassis and a touch of blueberry. Medium-bodied palate, very ripe but not over ripe, vanilla pod, violets and blueberry again. Very harmonious, focused with a fine, pure, oak-driven finish that is supported by ample black cherry and cassis fruits. An excellent wine.
Neal Martin's Wine Journal, erobertparker.com
Lovely fruit, weight and texture. Pure, ripe notes. Dense fruit on the palate. Velvety tannins. Long, fine finish. Really classy. Matches the 2005. 2015-25.
Deep red-ruby. Sexy aromas of dark berries, tar, smoke and toasty, spicy oak. Lush, supple and gentle for the vintage, with a slightly medicinal coolness to its pure black cherry and spice flavors. Offers attractive sweetness and flesh. Finishes fairly tannic but not dry, with a juicy quality and moderate length.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
An ethereal, finesse-styled, Cheval Blanc-like delicacy accompanied by intensity characterize the 2006 l'Arrosee, another terrific effort from new proprietor Roger Caille. A dense ruby/purple color is followed by a sweet perfume of crushed rocks, raspberries, cherries, flowers, and spice. Velvety-textured and structured, with considerable concentration yet a lightness of being, this finesse-styled beauty should be ready to drink in 3-5 years, and last for two decades. 2010-27
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
Dark and rich. Toasty sweet on the nose with great opulence and, it would seem, admirable selection. Succulent and round and satin texture. Quite dry tannins are overwhelmed by the ripeness of fruit. SO polished! 2012-20
Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com
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