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Berliquet 2021

Subregion France > Bordeaux > Right Bank > St Emilion
Grape VarietyMerlot/Cabernet Franc

This Saint Emilion property of 7.5 hectares is well situated on the plateau of Saint Emilion. Previously the wines were made by Nicolas Thienpont from Pavie Macquin and Beausejour Duffau. However in July 2017 the property was purchased by the owners of Chanel and it is now under the control of the wine-making team of Château Canon. Consequently there is a significant change in the style of the wine into something much more sophisticated and smooth than before. The vineyard is planted with 75% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc.

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Tasting Notes

The 2021 Berliquet shows considerable promise, exhibiting aromas of cherries, wild berries, raw cocoa and rose petals, followed by a medium to full-bodied, lively and charming palate that's framed by powdery tannins and tangy acids. Concluding with a long and saline finish, this estate continues to go from strength to strength under the administration of Nicolas Audibert and his team.

William Kelley, Wine Advocate (260), April 2022

The 2021 Berliquet was picked September 23 to October 5 at 30hL/ha, and matured in 44% new oak for a planned 16 months. Limpid purple in color. The nose is surprisingly concentrated given the growing season, offering crème de cassis and violet petal aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with quite firm tannins that frame the black cherry and boysenberry fruit. Not a complex Berliquet, yet it possesses admirable substance and ripeness on the finish. One to watch.

Neal Martin, vinous.com, May 2022

More Cabernet Franc than usual here. The blend is 61% Merlot, 39% Cabernet Franc. Bright ruby colour. Sappy strawberry and redcurrant fruit on the nose together with a highly floral iris character and a hint of sweet vanilla. The palate has the same lifted and airy character, with soft and silky tannins gently propping up a compact core of red fruit and fresh flowers. This is a very polished, bright, and moreish Berliquet that will offer real drinking pleasure in the mid-term. A wine of elegance and balance.

Thomas Parker MW, Farr Vintners, April 2022

Rather firm and muscular tannins frame the wine. Medium-to full-bodied with a column of fruit and density. Shows potential. Earth and spice at the end.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, May 2022

The 2021 Berliquet is made from 61% Merlot, and 39% Cabernet Franc, with yields of 30 hl/ha, and aging for 16 months in 44% new oak and 4 amphoras. Deep garnet-purple colored, it reveals scents of blackberry preserves, raspberry coulis, and kirsch with touches of sassafras, spice cake, and wood smoke. Medium-bodied, the palate has lovely freshness and a good intensity of crunchy berry flavors with soft tannins and a savory finish. pH 3.41.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, The Wine Independent, May 2022

An attractive bright purple colour with violet rim, and warming fruit aromatics, touches of cloves. This is impressive, with a lovely sense of lift and freshness, and beautifully placed raspberry, blackberry and redcurrant fruits. A little bulkier than its sibling estate Canon, slightly more angular tannins in this vintage, but still with the juicy fingerprint of limestone. First year of organic conversion, with certification expected 2024. 44% new oak, plus four amphora. 30hl/h yield, 3.41ph. Clay-limestone plateau, next to Canon but with slightly cooler, more powerful soils. Tasted twice.

Jane Anson, JaneAnson.com, April 2022

61% Merlot, 39% Cabernet Franc. Cask sample.
Aromatically plenty of charm. Dark and red-fruit notes. Well-rounded tannins. Good length and freshness. Continues the progression towards a more elegant style. Acidity a little sharp on the finish, though. (JL)
Drink 2026 – 2036

James Lawther MW, JancisRobinson.com, May 2022
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