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2015 Puy-Blanquet, St-Emilion

SKU #1253296 92 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The 2015 Château Puy Blanquet is another top-quality Saint-Emilion in the vintage. A blend of 75% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, this full-bodied, ripe, sexy beauty boasts terrific notes of cherries, crème de cassis, chocolate, and hints of charcoal. It has present tannin, yet they’re sweet and integrated, solid mid-palate depth and a great finish, all making for one seriously delicious 2015 to drink over the coming 10-15 years.  (11/2017)

91 points Vinous

 The 2015 Puy-Blanquet is a lovely wine. Readers should expect a Saint-Émilion built on aromatics, midweight structure and silky tannins. In 2015, the wine naturally has a bit more body and richness than is typically the case, but its personality remains the same. Sweet red cherry and raspberry fruit give the wine brightness and lift. Drink 2018-2035. (AG)  (2/2018)

90 points James Suckling

 Bright red fruits and a hint of something leafy on the nose make this medium-bodied St.-Emilion fresh and attractive. Rather elegant tannins and crisp acidity for this appellation. The finish is rather vibrant and lively.  (2/2018)

K&L Notes

The Puy Blanquet estate is owned by Madame Marcelle Jacquet, and sits on the eastern side of Saint Émilion. This area’s clay soils are mixed with limestone, imparting both concentration and perfume to the wines grown here. The wine is composed almost entirely of Merlot, with a small percentage of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon blended in. While K&L has long been a fan of this Château, the 2015 vintage was so outstanding we bought all we could. The 2015 is classic and food friendly, and appeals to a variety of palates. With a definite concentration of black and red berry fruit, the wine maintains elegant tannin and acidity structure to give it definition. The aromatics are stunning. Full and expressive violet, cassis, plum and anise dominate, and the layers of fruit, spice and earth notes are endless. Although it’s young, the beauty of the 2015 vintage is that the wines are open, balanced and drinkable now. However, if this does make its way to your cellar it will certainly go the long haul.


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Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/28/2016 | Send Email
The nose on this wine is what instantly grabs you, dark fruit mixed with violets and rose petals. The tannins are fine and integrated and there's a finesse on the palate that moves all the way through to the finish. Puy-Blanquet has about fifty acres worth of grand cru St. Emilion fruit and they put every beautiful berry to work here in this wine. This is a knock-out value that should only taste better two years from now once the wine has softened further.

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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

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
Sub-Region:

Bordeaux

Specific Appellation:

Saint Emilion