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2016 l'Avocat Rouge, Graves

SKU #1416913 Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Dark, dense and bold, this organic wine has the potential for richness as well as structure. The blackberry fruits are readying to come forward as the tannins soften. The wine should be ready from 2022. (RV) Inner quote mark (2/2019)

K&L Notes

L’Avocat is from the small commune of Cerons, which is located just north of Barsac and Sauternes in the southern Graves appellation. I met Nicola Allison at a small conference of Women from Bordeaux and Napa Valley in Napa earlier. She followed my advice by sending her wines to our hotel in April to be tasted, and Clyde and I liked them. I followed up by visiting the estate almost eight weeks later and was shown the gravely, plateau vineyards by her husband Sean, who manages the vines. The vineyards were purchased by the Allisons in 2002; the fruit was previously sold to Mouton Rothschild. At 300 feet above the Garrone river, the vineyards have stunning views of the lovely Côtes de Bordeaux, and this elevation is a key factor for great drainage, and the soil is loaded with different color gravels that impart the textbook minerality both their whites and reds feature. (Ralph Sands, K&L Bordeaux Expert)


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By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/10/2020 | Send Email
This is surprisingly rich for the appellation but clearly shows the freshness and precision this amazing vintage delivers. This is fruity and gravely with lush mid-palate flavors of ripe cherry and blackberry and a touch of mineral on the smooth finish.

By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/2/2020 | Send Email
This wine showcases not only its appellation but the vintage as well. It is approachable, but a passage through the decanter will round it up. Cassis, brown sugar, and loads of minerality framed by firm but not at all harsh tannins. A wine to dress up any dinner.

By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/26/2019 | Send Email
This is already drinking great. It is very expressive with loads of fresh berries, cranberries and a hint of orange peel on the nose. The fruit is fresh with just a pleasant hint of vanilla from the oak. It is bright, ripe and fresh with great acidity and balance.

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