|Grapes||Cab Franc, Malbec, Merlot|
|Sub-district||Saint Emilion & Satellites|
The 2007 vintage of this introduced a new claret to our range which ticks all the boxes in terms of value, looks and immediate drinkability. Owned by the Thienpont family (also owners of Vieux Chateau Certan, one of Pomerol's best properties), Chateau Lauriol is one of three wines made at their Cotes de Francs property, Chateau Puygueraud, which dominates the whole appellation. Made predominantly from Merlot, together with quite a high proportion of Cabernet Franc and a touch of Malbec, Chateau Lauriol is seen to be the 'second' wine of the property. We loved the Saint Emilion character of this wine, together with the crispness and freshness of the Cabernet Franc which lifts the wine and makes it so very drinkable. The 2008 is a cracking follow on from this estate – and a complete steal. L&S (Aug 2012)
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A bottle full of smiles. This comes from a property that belongs to the family who own one of the most prestigious chateaux in Pomerol. I put this claret in the actual Christmas wines list I did for the Telegraph and like it even more as an option for please-can-it-be-spring-now. It has a pretty scent, all joyful red fruit – it’s the cabernet franc in the blend that gives you that – and a clean cut that reminds me of a crisp white shirt. Plus lamb is just lovely with red bordeaux, a classic (especially if you cook the lamb with a crispy herb crust). And I rather like wines from the 2008 Bordeaux vintage.Victoria Moore, Planet Victoria's World of Wine (May 2013)
Lovely, light, fresh claret, clean-cut yet with masses of uplifting red fruit. Pretty. Made me smile on both tasting and remembering. Victoria Moore, The Daily Telegraph (Dec 2012)
The Côtes de Francs, an appellation dating only from 1967, is to the east of Saint Emilion, and is the smallest of the Bordeaux appellations at a mere 450 hectares. Georges Thienpont. who arrived here from Oudenaarde in Flanders in 1946, was responsible for the revival of the Côtes de Francs appellation which is dominated by Château Puygueraud. Georges began the replanting of the vineyards in the 1970s and the first wine was produced in 1983. Georges' son Nicolas, who is also responsible for La Prade, Pavie Macquin, Larcis Ducasse and the white wine Les Charmes Godard, has made the wine here ever since. His cousins run Vieux Château Certan, Le Pin, and l’If, so this property is nothing if not well-connected. Château Puygueraud is mainly Merlot with, however, a proportion of Cabernet that is quite high for the region as well as a touch of Malbec with its peppery character. In 2005, all the Cabernet Sauvignon was pulled up and Cabernet Franc was planted instead. This variety is better suited to the terroir of the Cotes de Francs, and gives a distinctive aromatic brightness and definition to the wines. Château Lauriol is principally the second wine of Château Puygueraud, made from the younger vines. It is also more gently oaked and is ready to drink younger, and very ‘digestible’ wine.
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