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Nenad Jelisic's rating system (Nenad Jelisic Points = NJP)
5,0 NJP = A fabulous, unique and world-class wine. Closer to heaven, you cannot come. If you like wine then it is a must to buy and try this wine; 4,5 NJP = An extraordinary good wine. Only small micro details distinguish this wine from to be a 5 points wine; 4,0 NJP = A very good wine. A wine that has almost everything that the most highly rated wines (4,5 and 5,0 NJP) should have; 3,5 NJP = A more than good wine. A wine that has both finesse and good taste and a wine that you greatly enjoy while drinking it; 3,0 NJP = A good wine that is well above average. A wine that lacks just a little to end higher up, i.e. to 3,5 NJP; 2,5 NJP = A wine that has ended up in no man's land. Close to be a good wine, but also close to be a below average wine; 2,0-1,0 NJP = A below average wine. You can drink it, but in return it provides no excitement; 0,5 NJP = A bad wine, but still if you make an effort when you drink it, it is drinkable; 0 NJP = A catastrophically bad and non-drinkable wine. It does not even suit for cooking.
Grand Cercle des vins de Bordeaux 2015-wine tasting, Grand Hotell, Stockholm, 12-01-2015
(06-02-2015 by Robert Jonasson)
The French wine region Bordeaux is divided into three areas; the Right and Left Bank and the area in between (Entre-Deux-Mers). The area known as the Right Bank (sometimes referred to as Libournais) is located along the right bank of the Dordogne River and consists of a number of appellations in which the most famous are Pomerol and St-Émilion. At this tasting there was also a representation of wines from some of the satellite appellations on the Right Bank, for example Lalande-de-Pomerol, Lussac-St-Émilion and Montagne-Saint-Émilion. The wines from the Right Bank are usually dominated by Merlot grape.
The Left Bank is located along the left bank of the Garonne- and Dordogne Rivers and divided into the wine regions Médoc and Graves. Sauternes and Barsac are also included in the Right Bank area. The best appellations for red wines are Pessac-Léognan in Graves and Pauillac, Saint-Julien, Margaux and Saint-Éstephe in the Medoc. The most important grape for the red wines is Cabernet Sauvignon. The best appellation for dry white wines is Pessac-Léognan and the most important grape varieties are Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc. The sweet wines of Sauternes and Barsac are usually dominated by the grape Sémillon.
Entre-Deux-Mers is divided into nine appellations and both dry white wines and red wines are produced. This area does not hold any of the most famous appellations or châteaux.
The last 15 years have given some vintages which are regarded as the finest vintages of all time in Bordeaux. These are the vintage 2000, 2005, 2009 and 2010.
Grand Cercle des vins de Bordeaux was founded in June 2013 and is an association of châteaux from the Right and the Left Bank, which are specially selected for their high quality but not belong to the most famous châteaux. Right now the Grand Cercle consists of 138 châteaux from the Right Bank and 57 châteaux from the Left Bank. All the members of the Grand Cercle have a common ethics when it comes to production and marketing and they also do research together about how future winemaking and vineyard work should be done. In total there are 195 châteaux from 29 different appellations that are members in the Grand Cercle and these have a total vineyard area of 3,603 ha.
For this tasting, 43 of the châteaux that are members in Grand Cercle were represented. The majority of these chateaus offered two vintages of their wines at the tasting. Most of the châteaux lacked a Swedish importer and was represented by a person of the owner family or the winemaker. Since the number of wines and châteaux were few, there was an opportunity to have conversations with the producers. This made the tasting a very pleasant event.
All of the available wines were tasted; a total of 79 wines (73 red and 6 white), and of these 29 wines (36%) got 3 NJP or more, only one wine got 4 NJP. The tasting was at a consistent and high level without quite reaching the highest peaks.
The wines that received 3.5 NJP or higher were as follows:
1. Château de Myrat 2009, 4,0 NJP
2. Château la Croizille 2011, 3,5 NJP
3. Château Haut-Bacalan 2012, 3,5 NJP
4. Château Haut Condissas 2010, 3,5 NJP
5. Château Haut Condissas 2009, 3,5 NJP and
6. Château de Pressac 2007, 3,5 NJP.
The best producer of the tasting: De Schepper-de Mour; which owns both Château la Croizille and Château Tour Baladoz in St-Émilion. Both châteaux are Grand Cru-classified and two wines from each châteaux were tasted and all wines got 3 NJP or more and were delightfully fruity and well-structured. It should be taken in to consideration that the wines came from the vintage 2011 and 2012, which are generally not regarded as some of the better vintages of Bordeaux, and that makes the results to be considered even more impressive. De Schepper-de Mour family acquired Château la Croizille in 1996, this property consist of 5,05 ha of vineyards on soil that consists of clay and limestone. Approximately 70% of the vineyard's area is planted with Merlot and 30% with Cabernet Sauvignon. Already in 1950, De Schepper-de Mour bought the property Château Tour Baladoz. Today, Château Tour Baladoz consists of 8,63 ha for vineyards. The vineyards are planted with 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. The vines are planted in soil consisting of clay and limestone.
The best red wine of the tasting: Château la Croizille 2011, 3,5 NJP, red dry blend wine, St-Émilion Grand Cru.
The best white wine and best wine in all categories of the tasting: Château de Myrat 2009, 4,0 NJP, sweet white wine, Sauternes. Château de Myrat is owned by The Pontac family and was classified as Grand Cru at the 1855 classification. The château has 22 ha of vineyards in Sauternes, and the wine is a blend of 88% Sémillon, 8% Sauvignon Blanc and 4% Muscadelle. The wine is aged 22 months in French oak barrels before being bottled.
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