Proprietaire

Clos Vieux Taillefer


Best Merlot of the World by 42nd IWSC

Pomerol


Alexandra and Nicolas Robin
owners
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The estate

Could it be that Clos Vieux Taillefer is eternal? The estate certainly features on the oldest maps of the wine region found to date, and the archives show that it has been in the Robin family since 1768.

The owners

Today, Alexandra and Nicolas Robin feel they have something more than a historic jewel, for the real treasure is hidden away underground, a few metres down, in that layer of iron that shapes the truly great Pomerol, and gives this cru its name and character.

The wine

Vintage 2008 : This pocket-sized vineyard lends itself perfectly to meticulous work on the vines and careful selection of the grapes. The result is a delicately woody, incredibly supple and smooth wine, set off to perfection by slight truffle and spice hints. Charm at its purest.

Vintage 2009 : This wine is the fruit of painstaking work in the vineyards and the winery, with rigorous fruit selection and a bespoke maturing process. Beneath its deep, ruby-red robe the 2009 vintage reveals delicate aromas of wood, liquorice and cinnamon, blending subtly with lively blueberry and raspberry flavours. The sensation on the palate is exquisitely supple, with voluptuous tannins ensuring a great length of flavour, and spicy notes rubbing shoulders with cigar-box aromas. The elegance and finesse of this exceptional wine reach their zenith in the finish: luxurious and enchanting with a wonderful freshness. An irresistible wine from an exceptional vintage.

Vintage 2010 : The fruit of well-judged selection from the vine to the cellar, Clos Vieux Taillefer is a supple and full-bodied wine with notes of caramelised cherry mixed with mild spices and cinnamon.This 2010 hints at notes of vanilla and cigar box, with a wonderful length.

Vintage 2011 : Thanks to a painstaking selection both in the vineyard and at the winery, the 2011 vintage of Clos VieuxTaillefer boasts an intense crimson colour.The bouquet is charming,with aromas of raspberry and redcurrant adding freshness.The very dense, velvety tannins are proof of healthy grapes and lead into a delicate finish offering cigar-box notes.The merlot is the only grape variety used to make this wine, and was particularly successful this year.


Composition

Grape varieties

100% Merlot

Soil

Sandy with iron scum subsoil

Area

2.3 hectares

Average age of vines

40 years

Density

6,600 vines per hectare

Harvesting

Manual harvesting with sorting table

Ageing

14 months in French oak barrels (60% new oak)

Download the technical sheet

Palmarès - récolte 2009


IWSC 2011..............................................Best Merlot

IWSC 2011..............................Argent - Best in Class

Bettane et Desseauve.......................................14/20

Jacques Dupont.............................................14,5/20

Challenge International duVin................Médaille d'Or

Vinalies 2011...................................Prix d’Excellence

Concours de Bordeaux 2011...........................Argent

Wine Spectator................................................88/100

Guide Hubert 2012..................................4,5/5 verres

Guide Hachette 2013...........................................★★

Palmarès - récolte 2010


Bettane et Desseauve.....................................16/20

Bernard Burtschy...........................................93/100

Wine Patriot..............................................91-92/100

Grand Jury Européen....................................90/100

Neal Martin...............................................87-89/100

Jean-Marc Quarin............................................15/20

RVF................................................Grande Réussite

Wine Spectator...............................................90/100

Jancis Robinson...............................................16/20

Decanter 2012...................95/100 – Médaille d’Argent

Palmarès - récolte 2011


Bettane et Desseauve..................................15-16/20

Jancis Robinson.............................................15,5/20

Jean-Marc Quarin........................................14,75/20

James Suckling..........................................87-88/100

Neal Martin................................................86-88/100

Jacques Perrin ...............................................90/100

Wine Patriot...............................................91-93/100

Gault&Millau .....................................................14/20

Jacques Dupont................................................13/20