|Grapes||Cab Sauv, Petit Verdot, Cab Franc, Merlot|
Very good bright ruby-purple colour with black depth. Nose of crushed flowers and red fruit. Rich and voluminous, sophisticated spice and round ripe cassis. Fantastic for the appellation, but particularly in the context of this vintage. 2016-2024 Rating: 91 L&S (Apr 2014)
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I have enjoyed this cuvee in past vintages, and in 2013, only 35% of the crop made it into the final blend of 48% Merlot, 43% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest nearly equal parts of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The wine exhibits an impressively saturated ruby/purple color, some dusty, loamy, red and black currant, underbrush, balsam wood and what the French call sous-bois notes. This medium-bodied 2013 tips the scales at a lofty 13.2% alcohol (high for this vintage), and is supple enough to be drunk upon release and over the following 5-6 years. Rating: 86-89 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com (Aug 2014)
Fine cassis nose, slightly smoky, good purity and depth of flavour. Drink: 2016-2022. Rating: 16 Steven Spurrier (Apr 2014)
A rich, velvety wine with impressive ripeness for the vintage. Chocolate, berry and spice finish. Rating: 88-89 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Apr 2014)
"We turned our garage into a makeshift wine cellar and made our first wine in 1998.” Françoise and Stéphane Dief. Sounds impossibly idyllic. In a region of grand estates with long complicated histories the arrivistes of Clos Manou are a refreshing change. Starting with just .12ha of vines, the Diefs have patiently spent 15 years building their holding up to 18ha, along the way absorbing the obscure Cru Bourgeois of Château Cantegrive. The estate may be new but amongst their holdings are Bordeaux’s oldest vines – they have a small pre-phylloxera parcel from the 1850’s. The estate is centred on the village of Saint-Christoly de Médoc in the increasingly popular area of the Haut-Médoc to the north of Saint Estèphe. All of Clos Manou’s vineyards are high-density plantings – some 10 000 vines per hectare – and all are converted to organic farming as soon as is practical. Grape variety proportions are 45% each Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with 6% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot. The first wine is aged in 100% new wood. The second wine is called Petit Manou.
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