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

SKU #1257936 88-91 points Vinous

 A large-scaled, ample wine, the 2015 Le Thil, 100% Merlot from argillo-calcaire-rich soils in Pessac, offers notable depth and texture. Stone fruit, tobacco, mint and cinnamon are pushed forward in this succulent, juicy red. Silky tannins and a broad, creamy finish add to the wine's considerable near and medium-term appeal. This is a strong showing from proprietors Daniel and Florence Cathiard, who are best known for the wines they make at their flagship property, Smith Haut Lafitte. (AG)  (4/2016)

88-91 points Wine Spectator

 *Barrel Tasting* Offers a fresh feel to the plum and blackberry fruit. Shows ample structure but remains rounded in feel. (Web Only—2016)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Le Thil, which is pure Merlot picked at the end of September to maintain freshness in the wine, offers an almost "sexy" bouquet of strawberry jam, fresh dates and raspberry preserve. The palate has a slightly chalky texture on the entry. Moderate depth with good tension, it has a touch of hardness towards the granitic finish that will dissipate by the time it is in bottle. For a pure Merlot, it has a broody personality, so perhaps afford it 1-2 years in bottle before broaching. (NM)  (4/2016)

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 now it will be 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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- 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.


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- 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.