2016 Le Thil, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1299270 92-93 points James Suckling

 This is very direct and structured with polished tannins and lovely length. Medium-to full-bodied, long and beautiful. Solid structure for a 100% Merlot this year.  (4/2017)

91-93 points Wine Enthusiast

 Unusual for the appellation, this wine is 100% Merlot. Soft and full in the mouth while retaining elegance, it has some tannins but they are nicely integrated with the juicy black fruits. (RV)  (4/2017)

89-92 points Vinous

 The 2016 Le Thil, 100% Merlot, is absolutely delicious. Licorice, spice, new leather and silky, sweet tannins give the wine its voluptuous, soft curves and remarkable immediacy. There is lovely depth and richness to the succulent, boldly sketched dark fruit. This is another terrific, modestly priced wine from Daniel and Florence Cathiard. (AG)  (4/2017)

89-92 points Wine Spectator

 This has a good beam of cassis and black cherry paste flavors, lined with singed alder and juicy red licorice notes. A touch compact, but everything is in place, so this should unwind well enough. (JM, Web-2017)

90 points Decanter

 There is a weight and intensity to the body that is highly appealing. It has some real depth to it, with powerful, fleshy blackberry fruits, although it is a touch austere on the finish. 100% Merlot but they will be adding Cabernet Franc over the next few years. (JA)  (4/2017)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Chateau le Thil (Comte Clary), one of the properties owned by Daniel and Florence Cathiard of Smith Haut Lafittte, is 100% Merlot this year since the Cabernet Sauvignon was pulled up and replaced with Cabernet Franc a couple of years ago. The nose is clean and pure, not powerful, with scents of boysenberry jam and crushed strawberry. The palate is medium-bodied with an attractive minerally opening, a little masculine and aloof, but nicely balanced and it builds in the mouth towards quite an elegant mulberry and black plum finish. (NM)  (4/2017)

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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.


- 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.


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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.