2016 Clos Manou, Médoc, Bordeaux

2016 Clos Manou, Médoc, Bordeaux

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2016 Clos Manou, Médoc, Bordeaux

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The 2016 vintage is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 9% Petit Verdot, and 5% Cabernet Franc. It is poised and elegant, brimming with blackcurrant, pencil shavings and tobacco. This is classic Claret: beautifully balanced, with fine, velvety tannins, lively acidity to balance the ripeness of the fruit, and a subtle menthol lift on the finish. This is perfect for a Sunday lunch, summer barbecue or any occasion that calls for a classy, affordable Bordeaux. Drink now to 2028.

Geogina Haacke, Wine Buyer, Berry Bros. & Rudd (April 2021)

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Clos Manou

Clos Manou

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Cab.Sauvignon Blend

Cab.Sauvignon Blend

Cabernet Sauvignon lends itself particularly well in blends with Merlot. This is actually the archetypal Bordeaux blend, though in different proportions in the sub-regions and sometimes topped up with Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot.

In the Médoc and Graves the percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend can range from 95% (Mouton-Rothschild) to as low as 40%. It is particularly suited to the dry, warm, free- draining, gravel-rich soils and is responsible for the redolent cassis characteristics as well as the depth of colour, tannic structure and pronounced acidity of Médoc wines. However 100% Cabernet Sauvignon wines can be slightly hollow-tasting in the middle palate and Merlot with its generous, fleshy fruit flavours acts as a perfect foil by filling in this cavity.

In St-Emilion and Pomerol, the blends are Merlot dominated as Cabernet Sauvignon can struggle to ripen there - when it is included, it adds structure and body to the wine. Sassicaia is the most famous Bordeaux blend in Italy and has spawned many imitations, whereby the blend is now firmly established in the New World and particularly in California and  Australia.

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Critics reviews

Antonio Galloni, Vinous89/100
Jeb Dunnuck92/100
Antonio Galloni, Vinous89/100

Readers will find a heady, exotic Médoc in the 2015 Clos Manou. Super-ripe black cherry, chocolate, leather, smoke, licorice and espresso infuse this succulent, powerful wine. There is not a ton of subtlety here, and yet Clos Manou is irresistibly pleasing and flat-out delicious.

Drink 2020 - 2030.

Antonio Galloni, Vinous (December 2018)

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Jeb Dunnuck92/100
The 2016 Clos Manou comes from complex limestone and sandy, gravelly soils in the northern part of the Médoc and is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc brought up 70% new French oak. It’s another winner from this rock star of a vintage and offers classic cassis, graphite, spice, and cedar pencil aromas and flavors. Beautifully balanced, clean, elegant, and with good concentration, It’s a beauty to drink over the coming 15+ years.
Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com (February 2019) Read more