A very polished performance from one of the best wine producers in Bordeaux’s Entre-deux-Mers region. The color is brightly purple. Sweet fruit aromas go through to the modern, smooth flavors, balancing new wood and ripe black fruit. While the wood tannins dominate at the moment, they should soften, and this will become a fine, ageworthy wine.
This 100% Merlot is named after the patriarch of Château Thieuley, still active, who built the estate into one of the benchmarks of the Entre-deux-Mers region of Bordeaux. Smoky aromas lead to crisply ripe black fruit flavors and some solid, dry tannins. Age this wine for 3–4 years.
Firm and tannic, this balances its structural components with rich red-berry fruits. The wine is dense, the ripe fruit bursts in the mouth. It does need aging and would be worth keeping for 3–4 years.
A classic Bordeaux with just that extra edge of ripe fruit. The tannins are dry, but fresh, with acidity that spreads across the black currant fruit flavors. It needs to age for two years, but is already drinkable.