|Grapes||Merlot, Cab Sauv, Cab Franc, Petit Verdot|
69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 9% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc. Another terrific showing from Stéphane Dief's 18 hectare jewel of a property in Saint Christoly. Dark colour, rich and round with ripe Cabernet fruit, joyously expressive with cherry and cassis and harmonious all through the long, pretty fruit-filled finish on fine, tightening tannins. Tasted several times, once at the property, always with similar notes. Recommended. Rating: 90-91 L&S (Apr 2016)
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The 2015 Clos Manou is a blend of 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 9% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc with partial concrete egg aging. It has a dense but "distant" bouquet that feels rather static compared to its peers at the moment. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly chewy tannin, perhaps rustic in style, albeit with satisfying depth and impressive grip on the finish. The palate goes some way to compensating for the aromatics, so let's see what happens in barrel. Drink: 2018 - 2030 Rating: 87-89 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Apr 2016)
Good freshness and very good middle palate. A fine wine of depth and character. Drinking range: 2019 - 2027 Rating: 88 Steven Spurrier (Apr 2016)
The 2015 Clos Manou offers lovely up-front intensity, but then loses some of its persistence on the mid palate as the tannins dry out. The 2015 is solid, but not exciting. The blend is approximately 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 9% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc Rating: 86-88 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (Apr 2016)
"We turned our garage into a makeshift wine cellar and made our first wine in 1998.” Françoise and Stéphane Dief. Which 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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