Chateau Puy Blanquet
chateau puy blanquet st. emil 2018 750ml
Overlooking the Dordogne valley in a village two miles east of Saint-Emilion, this pretty vineyard is planted on a clay-limestone slope thanks to which the northern and eastern parcels enjoy perfect morning sunshine. Chateau Puy-Blanquet was known as one of the best Saint-Emilion Grand Crus as early as the 19th century, and was awarded a part of the collective gold medal bestowed upon a selection of Saint-Emilion chateaux at the Paris Exposition of 1889.
Today the vineyard is owned by the Jacquet family and managed by Pierre Meunier, who was trained by Ets. Jean-Pierre Moueix, with a real respect for tradition and quality. Soils are ploughed in order to ensure deeper root systems; green harvest, leaf-cropping, and harvests are done by hand. Thermo-regulated concrete tanks ensure well-controlled fermentations.
The wines are fresh and generous and can be enjoyed after just a two or three years of cellaring.
Vineyard grape varietals:
Varietals: 90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc
JD94, Jeb Dunnuck
"Deeply colored, the 2018 Château Puy-Blanquet checks in as 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon from a 20-hectare parcel of clay and limestone soils. Beautifully ripe and sexy, with a massive bouquet of blackcurrants, macerated black cherries, and smoked earth, it's full-bodied, opulent, and layered on the palate, with serious fruit. This brilliant wine will be approachable in its youth yet also evolve gracefully for 15 years or more. It should also be an incredible value."
JS93, James Suckling
"A red with lots of richness and density and flavor. Full body, plenty of round tannins and a long and flavorful finish."
WS91, Wine Spectator
"Warm and direct, with plum and raspberry confiture notes gliding along, infused with a hint of toasted vanilla."
RP90, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"Composed of 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Fran and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, the deep garnet-purple colored 2018 Puy-Blanquet gives up notes of warm red and black cherries, mulberries and fruitcake with hints of baking spices, fallen leaves and dried Provence herbs. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is tautly structured with firm, chewy tannins and bold freshness, finishing long and lively."
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