Country: France Region: Bordeaux Appellation: Saint Emilion Grand Cru
Varietal: Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Vintage: 2011 Colour: Red Style: Dry
Producer: Chateau Laforge
CHATEAU LAFORGE is a blend of 92% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc. The vines are cropped low — around 30 hectolitres a hectare — four bunches to the vine (less than half the volume authorised by the Appellation), ensuring concentration. The soil/terroir is the three types that exist in Saint Emilion — sand, gravel, and clay over limestone. The vines that make up the gravel contribution are usually the first we pick each year — the gravel acting like a night-storage heater
James Suckling: 91 Points
Lots of tar, blackberry and earthy character with hints of dried meat. Full body, silky tannins and a fresh finish. Savory wine. Better after 2016.
Wine Advocate: 90 Points
Another project of Jonathan Maltus, the 2011 Laforge (100% old vine Merlot) offers a sweet kiss of kirsch, chocolate and licorice along with a deep ruby color, a fleshy, ripe, hedonistic personality and 7-8 years of drinkability. This lush, medium-bodied wine is again impressive.
Wine Enthusiast: 90 Points
Dominated by juicy Merlot, the wine has weight, density and a full, fruity blackberry character. This generosity is balanced by a restraining dry, tannic core.
Food Matches:Red Meat / Venison / Soft Cheese / Venison