Château Pontet Labrie
Seamless freshness, finishing with a lingering peppery kick.
"Densely packed nose of spiced plums, currants and mocha, slowly unfurls to reveal red fruits (liquified raspberries), dried violets and cinnamon stick, framed by darker notes of earth, tobacco and tapenade and just faintly the whiff of a quarry at dawn. Large framed, but with a vibrant vein of spicy acidity ensuring tension, with succulent, opulent star anise-accented cherry fruit, and a touch of vanilla pod, bounded by rich dark chocolate tannins. The herbal Cabernet Franc punctuates the wine with a lip-smacking, savoury, saline finish. Precocious but prodigious!" Tom Harrow (March 2021)
"As always this is a blend predominantly Merlot, picked on October 1st, with the complementary Cabernet Franc picked on October 12th. The alcohol is 15%, the highest figure in the Maltus portfolio (only by 0.1% admittedly) with a pH of 3.65. The nose is filled with wonderfully perfumed and grilled blackcurrant and black bean fruits, with a touch of limestone dust, along with praline, tobacco and macerated cherry. A rich, bold, substantial and brad palate, with a very polished, creamed fruit substance running through the middle, and a peppery substance and energy. It is rich, with grilled blackcurrant, grilled damson and currant fruits through to the very end, all wrapped a svelte and tightly knit tannins. A high-alcohol model here, but one that is substantial and imposing in style. The élevage will be in 80% new oak." 94-96/100 Chris Kissack, The Wine Doctor
"....It has a mineral-laced style as well as awesome notes of chocolate black fruits, baking spice, chocolate, and liquid violets. Deep, medium to full-bodied, concentrated, and impressively balanced, it shows the slightly more restrained style of all these 2018s from Maltus and is going to benefit from 2-4 years of bottle age, and drink nicely for 15+ years or more." 94-96/100, Jeb Dunnuck
"...the deep purple-black colored 2018 Pontet Labrie gives up expressive savory scents of Marmite toast, charcuterie, tapenade and wild sage over a core of blackberry pie, baked plums and mincemeat with a waft of unsmoked cigars. Full-bodied, the palate is jam-packed with black fruit preserves and loads of savory accents, framed by firm, grainy tannins and seamless freshness, finishing with a lingering peppery kick." 93-95/100, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate
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|Custom Stock Status||Pre-Order|
|Duty Paid / In Bond||In Bond|
|Grape||Cabernet Franc, Merlot|
|Wine Type||Red wines|
|Wine Style||Smooth Red|
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