2018 Berliquet

6 x 750ml
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A fine and fruity red with blueberries and blackberries and hints of walnuts. Medium to full body and ultra fine tannins that melt into the body of the wine. It’s muscular in some ways. Lots of potential. Punchy. Read more
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Peter Moser - Falstaff Magazine
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James Suckling

A fine and fruity red with blueberries and blackberries and hints of walnuts. Medium to full body and ultra fine tannins that melt into the body of the wine. It’s muscular in some ways. Lots of potential. Punchy.

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Roger Voss - Wine Enthusiast

Under the same winemaking team as Château Canon, this wine shows richness, with swathes of ripe black-fruited Merlot and a licorice character. Bold, ripe flavors are warm and opulent, mitigated by fresher black-currant acidity at the end. Drink from 2026.

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Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW - Wine Advocate

The 2018 Berliquet is composed of 78% Merlot and 22% Cabernet Franc and has 14.5% alcohol. Deep garnet-purple in color, it slowly unfurls in the glass to reveal a classic nose of ripe black plums, wild blueberries and pencil shavings with hints of unsmoked cigars, tilled soil and red roses. The medium to full-bodied palate is chock-full of blue and black fruit preserves, supported by plush tannins and impressive freshness, finishing long and mineral laced. Since the Chanel takeover and under Nicolas Audebert’s direction, the development of this site and the wine are truly impressive. I suspect a lot of selection has gone into making this 2018, and the results reveal a top-tier Saint-Émilion in the making.

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Jane Anson - Decanter

Powerful and plush as it opens after an initial moment of full-on austerity. This needs a good 30 minutes in the glass to really open, and I suggest giving it a full eight to 10 years in bottle before it reaches the right moment to start drinking. This was the first full year for the Canon team, and the work will take another few years to fully show results, but this has clear blueberry and raspberry fruits, structured tannins and a density that comes from the clay that is shot through the limestone in the vineyard. Harvested around two weeks earlier than under the previous owner.

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Wine Spectator

A focused, restrained style, with cherry, plum and red currant notes that are carried by persistent chalky minerality. Shows a light tobacco shading throughout. Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Drink now. Score range: 91-94

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Neal Martin - Vinous

Points: (89-91) The 2018 Berliquet is the first vintage that Nicolas Audebert and his team take full responsibility for. It has an opulent bouquet with black cherries, blueberry and cassis fruit, compared to the Canon just a touch strong. It is a powerful and dense Berliquet with a slightly heady finish, although at 14.2% alcohol it is under control. Since the vineyard contains less limestone than Canon, the imprimatur of the growing season speaks a little stronger.

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Julia Harding MW -

The owners of Ch Canon have owned this property for a year and have worked on identifying the vines in the field blend. Harvested in three parcels, with very small parcels vinified. Soils needed aeration. Here there is more clay than in the Canon vineyard. Barrel sample. Inky core with purple rim. Ripe and dark on the nose. Quite leafy on the palate and the tannins are pretty drying. Difficult to taste after the Canon. The nose more attractive than the palate. A little dry on the finish but has very good freshness, showing the chalky texture that I associate with limestone soils. Clearly a work in progress. Score: 16/20

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Winemakers Note

Note from Nicolas Audebert : "The 2018 already bears the stamp of a vintage with two faces because the weather over the year went from one extreme to another. For us at Berliquet, it has all the excitement of the new adventure, the marathon project, one that we truly believe in, despite the fact that we already know that there will be ups and downs along the way! When we acquired the property in 2017, our team made it a point of honour to hone its knowledge of this exceptional site. Because a wine is made in the vineyards, gaining command of the vineyards and its various different plots and getting to know the plant material were our immediate priorities. Very soon, we had come to the conclusion that, with a very careful management of the vines, Berliquet’s extraordinary terroir (which differs slightly from that of Canon with its stronger clay imprint) was a solid basis on which to build a unique and distinctive wine that was just asking to be revealed. Thus, over the past year and a half, the wine growers have been ready to get down to the precision work in the 10 hectares of this outstanding terroir. All the soils have been ploughed, by horse on the steeper plots, and the height of the trellising reviewed. The main objective, particularly for this first vintage, was to identify each grape variety individually, vine stock by vine stock, in each of the vineyard plots, because perfect maturity, especially for a vintage like the 2018, cannot be achieved at the same time for a young Cabernet as for an old Merlot. ‘Micro-vats’ were installed and these, with the meticulous work carried out in the vineyards, have enabled us to carry out intra-plot vinifications. Our gentle extraction work has resulted in dense juices with plenty of character. Our quest for precision will continue in the cellar. For a year now, we have been selecting barrels with fine, delicate tannins that preserve the balance between structure and fruit. Although this technical finetuning is only just starting, Château Berliquet is already revealing an elegant 2018 wine, one in which the terroir stamp of the clay slopes is carefully balanced with the minerality of the Saint-Emilion limestone plateau. Its attack is warm with pronounced aromas of yellow stone fruit, such as ripe apricots and fine, delicately-fleshed peaches. The harmony continues in a lovely tension; a deep-rooted minerality that runs through the wine over the palate. Fresh notes of cedar adorn the ‘third movement’. This sappy stamp reveals the character of the cru. A play of different layers in chiaroscuro with fascinating contrast and evolution… Today, more than ever, we truly believe that the very essence of the great terroirs comes from their ability to produce flawless wines, whose structure and finesse defy the passing years. The 2018 vintage, the first to come out of our new adventure at the helm of Berliquet, is the promising first expression of our ambitions. "

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