2019 Château Berliquet, St.-Émilion: £402 IB per dozenTuesday, June 23
In 2017 the 9 hectare Berliquet estate was purchased by Chanel, joining Canon and Rauzan-Ségla. With vineyards adjoining Canon, this was an excellent opportunity to expand their holdings in St.-Emilion. Berliquet is run as a separate estate, but with the 2018 vintage we saw a definite step-change in the style. Tasting it at Canon we were impressed by the move towards elegance and a silky-textured refinement. Clearly there is still some way to go before the concentration and complexity of Canon is equalled, but the clay-rich soils here do being plenty of character of their own. Jane Anson awards the 2019 93 points, equalling her score for the 2018. At the time of release, samples have not been sent outside of Bordeaux, so Anson is the only key critic to have scored the wine.
2019 Château Berliquet, St.-Émilion Grand Cru Classé
"Vibrant damson in colour. I love the deep creaminess that is evident from the first nose, with hints of cocoa and gunsmoke. There is more clay here than at Canon; about 50% of the vineyard has a clay layer over the limestone whereas at Canon it is closer to 10%, meaning Berliquet is less ethereal, more urgent and powerful, still with precision and feathery chalky tannins. They have restored the underground limestone cellars for barrel ageing. A yield of 45hl/ha. 45% new oak, for what is the 2nd full year of the Canon team working the vineyard. Thomas Duclos consultant. Drinking Window 2026 - 2042. 93 points." Jane Anson, Decanter