2015 Grand Cru Saint Emilion

Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
Sub-district Saint Emilion & Satellites
Village Saint Emilion
Classification Grand Cru
ABV 14.5%

80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc. The sample was a little overwhelmed by oak, and seemed a litle muffled - so marginally disappointing for a wine we normally like - but again the mass and flavour concentration are here and I'd be surprised if it did not sort itself out, but maybe this is another Merlot that just is not quite at the top of its game. Rating: 89-90 L&S (Apr 2016)

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The 2015 Moulin Saint-Georges does not rank among the best wines that the Vauthiers made this year. It comes across a little diffuse and not the purest on the nose, touches of brettanomyces developing in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with light tannin, fine acidity, but it comes across as quite simple and lacks grip on the finish. This might be going through a dumb phase but I find much more enjoyment among the Vauthiers’ other crus. Tasted blind at the Southwold 2015 Bordeaux tasting. Drinking range: 2020 - 2028 Rating: 89 Neal Martin, (Jul 2019)

One of a number of impressive “lesser” wines from the Ausone stable in 2015, this is fine, floral and well balanced, with stylishly integrated oak, granular tannins and bright, supporting acidity. Crucially, it wasn’t picked too late, and it shows. Drinking range: 2020 - 2028 Rating: 92 Tim Atkin MW, (May 2016)

Very dark and glossy. Intense sweet oak in evidence on the nose. Very polished and well made because on the palate the fruit trumps the oak. Glossy, ambitious stuff that seems to be much more ambitious than it used to be. Drinking range: 2023 - 2035 Rating: 16.5 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - (Apr 2016)

Château Moulin Saint Georges

Owned by Alain Vauthier, Château Moulin Saint Georges is situated in Saint-Emilion and covers 7 hectares. The vineyards are well sited on the south-west facing 'Pavie' slope. The average age of the vines on this slope is 26 years old, and they are planted at a density of 6500 vines/hectare. Vauthier believes that the quality of his wine is a direct result of how well the vines are tended to, therefore yields are kept extremely low in order to concentrate the flavour, and all grapes are hand-harvested to ensure only the best grapes are used in production.

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