Réserve Spéciale Médoc

The Réserve Spéciale Médoc is based on the same principles of selection and quality as the Réserve Spéciale Pauillac. The blend for the Réserve Spéciale Médoc consists primarily of a small selection of wines from the best vineyards in the appellation. The blend is very representative of the appellation, with the classic grape varieties of the Médoc: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot.

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Réserve Spéciale Médoc

Vintages

  • Vintage 2011

    • 50% Cabernet Sauvignon
    • 50% Merlot

    2011 was one of the hottest, sunniest and, above all, driest years of the last four decades. These weather conditions encouraged a fast, uniform, very early flowering (two to three weeks earlier than usual); they also resulted in water stress for some plots and an early start of ripening, during July.
    The harvests were early: the beginning of September for the Merlot and mid-September for the Cabernet. After two rich, concentrated vintages, 2011 saw a return to harmony and balance: a classic vintage.

    Tasting notes (at bottling)

    Colour: Deep glints of purple.
    Nose: Intense and distinguished, blending aromas of red fruits (Morello cherries, blackcurrants), sweet spices (cinnamon) and candied liquorice.
    Palate: Harmonious and balanced on the palate, with ripe tannins that are already well integrated; good freshness and powerful, lingering aromas on the finish (red fruit, spices). A classic, elegant Médoc.

  • Vintage 2010

    • 50% Cabernet Sauvignon
    • 50% Merlot

    In 2010, difficult conditions at the time of flowering of certain varieties (Cabernet and late Merlot) often led to coulure (flower abortion) and millerandage (mixed berry sizes), accompanied by a historic drought.
    The average yield in 2010 was down 15% on 2009.
    This allowed the production of wines of high overall quality: exceptionally rich tannins, high alcohol levels balanced with strong acidity, which will ensure the liveliness and longevity of the wines.The Left Bank wines, the stars of the 2010 vintage, combine power, structure and an attractive freshness on the palate. 2009/2010: a historic duo!

    Tasting notes (at bottling)

    Colour: deep ruby red.
    Nose: Subtle and aromatic, dominated by smoky, toasty and spicy notes. Opens up on aeration to reveal blackberry and blackcurrant aromas.
    Palate: Full bodied and fleshy, with an attractive sweetness on the front palate, ripe, velvety tannins, and a fresh, spicy finish.

  • Vintage 2009

    • 60% Cabernet Sauvignon
    • 40% Merlot

    The 2009 vintage met the five conditions necessary for a great year in Bordeaux: uniform, early flowering and setting of the fruit (early June) with hot, dry, sunny weather; an equally early start to the ripening process (véraison), beginning in late July, complete ripeness due a warm, dry August and September, and finally dream harvests starting late in September, in perfect weather conditions! 
    The wines of the Médoc show great quality, with superb aromatic expression and ripe, silky tannins, and a freshness on the finish that perfectly balances the sometimes high levels of alcohol.

    Tasting notes (at bottling)

    Colour: Deep crimson.
    Nose: Aromatic and intense, combining jammy aromas of fruit (strawberries, blackcurrants) with notes of liquorice.
    Palate: Well-rounded and balanced, with ripe, velvety tannins, and spicy, powerful flavours (cinnamon, black pepper).

  • Vintage 2008

    • 70% Cabernet Sauvignon
    • 30% Merlot

    2008 was the smallest harvest brought into the cellars since the frost of 1991. After an early bud break, the vines suffered from late frosts which wiped out part of the crop in many vineyards. The 2008 vintage benefited from very favourable dry, sunny weather in September and October.

    tasting notes (at bottling)

    Beautiful deep ruby colour.
    Discreet, refined, elegant nose dominated by aromas of blackberries and blackcurrants, and toasted and grilled notes (hazelnuts and almonds).
    On the palate, the wine is full-bodied and well-balanced with a voluminous attack, mellow tannins and a long liquorice finish.