CHÂTEAU LA MAURIANE
2014 Puisseguin Saint Emilion
|Grapes||Merlot, Cab Franc|
|Sub-district||Saint Emilion & Satellites|
|Village||Puisseguin Saint Emilion|
Now fully organic Pierre Taix is making really good wine from this cracking little vineyard. There is a good deep ruby colour, the nose is full of ripe, soft fruit and delicate spice. Having just finished its malolactic fermentation when we tasted, Pierre explains this is not showing as generously as it has been, nonetheless you can still feel the class here. In the mouth the plumminess is gorgeously generous, a firm thick slab of lovely textured, ripe, but not overly baggy dark, cooked fruit. This is really not a massive wine, there is lovely poise and the finish with an attractive grip of lightly grippy tannins is really well-balanced. Rating: 91 L&S (Mar 2015)
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The La Maurianne 2014 feels overdone and excessively sweet on the nose. The palate feels rather cloying and overdone on the finish that lacks the freshness of its peers. Rating: 80-82 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com (May 2015)
La Mauriane is a small vineyard within Château Rigaud, a Puisseguin-St-Emilion property owned by Pierre Taïx, who owns a few other properties in Puisseguin and the neighbouring Côtes de Castillon. La Mauriane is a micro-cuvée, made by Pierre, who is a university lecturer (economics) in his other life. One of the three parcels that make this extraordinary wine consists of eighty year old vines planted by his grandfather. The vineyard here is farmed organically. 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.
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