2015 Le Thil, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1257936 92 points Decanter

 This is still 100% Merlot, while waiting for the Cabernet Franc vines to mature (it's massal selection from Beauregard). Despite the pure Merlot, this is tight, almost austere, with clear ageing potential. It has carefully extracted black fruits and firm tannins, yet there's a softness through the mid-palate and an opening out on the finish which develops into plump red fruits. (JA)  (3/2018)

91-92 points James Suckling

 This is a fascinating wine that is 100% Merlot with plenty of fruit and velvety tannins. Lovely center palate.  (4/2016)

90 points Vinous

 The 2015 Le Thil is a dark, powerful wine endowed with serious fruit intensity and power. Black fruit, chocolate, new leather, spice and tobacco give the 2015 much of its dark, brooding personality. From barrel, the 2015 was much more sexy. Today, it is decidedly more tannic and rustic, especially in its tannins. It will be interesting to see if bottle age helps smooth things out. There is more than enough density to support at least a handful of years in the cellar. (AG)  (2/2018)

Wine Spectator

 The juicy red currant and raspberry fruit flavors are studded with licorice snap and tar notes, but stay fresh, with tobacco and iron details scoring the finish. Best from 2019 through 2026. (JM, Web Only-2018)

K&L Notes

This property was purchased by Florence and Daniel Cathiard along with a group of investors in 2013. The wine has always been good — but their influence has made it even better. This 2015 is delicious. Tons of blackberry fruit aromas and flavor. Will drink well when young.

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Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/1/2016 | Send Email
Under the leadership of the Cathiard family of Smith Haut Lafitte, this property is making great value wines—they have the excellent terroir for red wines and, in fact, pulled all the white grapes out.

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Varietal:

Merlot

- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.
Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Pessac-Leognan/Graves

- Graves is the large red and white wine region located to the southeast of the city of Bordeaux along the Garonne River. Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the red wines from the area, while the whites are mixtures of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. The most important area within the Graves is the village of Pessac-Leognan. Most of the great chateaux, including Haut Brion, a premier cru and the only wine outside of the Medoc to be included in the 1855 Classification, are located in this small appellation. Graves derives its name from the rocky, stony terrain of the region. Many people believe that the stony soil radiates the day's heat at night and thus makes the grapes ripen earlier than the other regions in Bordeaux.