CHÂTEAU LA BRIDANE
2016 Saint Julien
|Grapes||Cab Franc, Merlot, Cab Sauv|
Blue-edged ruby. Bright raspberry top-note with a darker undertone, supple, juicy fruit, nicely defined if not the deepest. Will be a very attractive lighter Saint Julien at a very reasonable price. Drinking range: 2020 - 2026 Rating: 87-89 L&S (Apr 2017)
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The 2016 La Bridane offers simple black fruit on the nose with a light fish oil scent. There is freshness here and that also comes through on the palate. However, the tannins feel rather dry and that finish is austere, leaving the mouth asking for more flesh and fruit. Drinking range: 2019 - 2024Neal Martin, www.vinous.com(Apr 2017)
Dark blackish ruby. Sweet, evolved nose. This seems much less callow than most 2016s. Very winning already but not very obviously St-Julien; less structured. You have to look carefully for the tannins. Big ripe fruit. Maybe just a bit too smooth and low in acid...? Drinking range: 2020 - 2026 Rating: 16 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com(Apr 2017)
Blackberry and dark-chocolate character. Medium body and chewy tannins. A solid and structured wine here. Much better than the 2015. Rating: 92-93 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Apr 2017)
Château La Bridane
A small property of a mere 15 hectares, high up on the gravel bank of Saint Julien to the west of the village of Saint-Julien and overlooking some of the most famous vineyards of the appellation and the Gironde estuary (Léoville las Cases, Poyferré). It has been in the same family for more than 300 years. With gravelly soil the vines consist of 13% Cabernet Franc, 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot. The average age of the vines is 30 years.
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