CHÂTEAU DE CÉRONS
|Grapes||Cab Sauv, Merlot|
The 2017 de Cérons has a perfumed, floral, almost Margaux-like bouquet with fine definition. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy red and black fruit laced with pencil lead and black pepper, nicely balanced on the finish with plenty of freshness. This Graves has produced a decent 2017 that should give several years of drinking pleasure. Drinking range: 2020 - 2028 Rating: 88-90 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (May 2018)
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There's an emphasis on soft berries, white pepper spice and redcurrant fruits here. Again, a touch of under ripeness is evident, but this is an enjoyable wine with a welcome sweetness rom 25% new oak barrels to round out the finish. It has been extremely carefully handled and offers great medium term drinking. They were fairly heavily affected by frost in parts, but were still able to reach around 50% production. Drinking range: 2020 - 2028 Rating: 86 Jane Anson, Decanter(Apr 2018)
55% Cabernet, 45% Merlot. Deep purplish crimson. Lovely lifted cherry and cassis aroma, complemented by the lightest touch of spice plus a delicate dusty minerality. Elegant on the palate – the tannins are very fine and perfectly balanced by the freshness and the lively fresh fruit. Subtle but sustained on the finish. Quite gentle. Drinking range: 2021 - 2029 Rating: 16 Julia Harding MW, www.JancisRobinson.com(Apr 2018)
Pepper and herb character to this as well as citrus. Light and straightforward with rather high acidity. Rating: 85-86 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Apr 2018)
Château de Cérons
A property run by Caroline and Xavier Perromat. Caroline worked at Haut Bailly for 15 years alongside Véronique Sanders - they both arrived there in 1998, but now she is working with her husband with his family estate. This is one to watch in the Graves, with brilliant white wine to rival many Crus Classés, and red of superb refinement and delicacy of tannin. The 2015 and 2016 vintages show the increased volume on the palate that Caroline would like to bring to the red wines here. There is also a small volume of Cérons, the tiny appellation for sweet wine which is a bit lighter and dryer than most Sauternes, refined and very elegant.
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