06.10.12: Laithwaites Sales’ second wine – Chantalouette, from the 2000 vintage is delicious, but this Grand Vin is on a different level. Everything about it is correct. The nose offering plenty of primary blackberry fruit, yet complimented by some lovely herbaceous character. The texture and the instant appeal of the palate is what is convincing, rounded, moderately viscous rather than too old fashioned, but with a really satisfying structure and cocoa-like tannins rounded off one of the most impressive mature Bordeaux I have had this year, along with the Les Hauts de Pontet 2005. This purchase is all the more intriguing with a couple of reviews in the early 2000s which were less than complimentary about this wine, suggesting to drink a couple of years ago. James Suckling who has tried it more recently seems to have spotted something nearer to our own view. “I like the blackberry and chocolate character and the underlying fresh basil character. Medium-bodied, with a solid core of silky tannins and a long finish. Very refined. Delicious now. Best after 2006….
Wine Advocate(1999 Vintage) Rating: (83-85) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 128 on Apr-00
Wine Spectator(1982 Vintage) Rating: 83/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 11/30/98