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Bernard Burtschy

Bernard Burtschy - Le Figaro - Primeurs 2016

Les Gravières 2016 : 16.5 /20

Dark. Pleasant spices on the nose. Medium-bodied, supple and suave, good constitution on the palate. Elevage is mastered and classy. Drink 2019-2024.

Lynsolence 2016 : 16.5 /20

Dark. Leather and spices on the nose. The wine is supple and dense. Mid-palate is pleasantly soft. Spices come nicely on the finish. Drink 2019-2028.

Der Weinverstand Brief

Der Weinverstand Brief - Bordeaux 2016

Lynsolence 2016: 92-94+ /100

Verschlossen, Holunder, Lakritze, Preiselbeerkompott. Öffnet sich mit Standzeit schnell: zunächst kräuterwürzig, Salbei, Waldmeister, Kardamom. Dann Minze. Eine Spur Holz. Rote Johannisbeere. Respektgebietend dichtes Tannin, feinkörnig in hoher Menge, öliger Fond, deutliche Kalk-Mineralität, kraftvoller Wein, mit Saft und betonter Nervigkeit, dadurch elegant wirkend trotz seines herzhaften, inhaltsreichen Extrakts. Länge mittelgut bis gut.

James Suckling

James Suckling - Primeurs 2016

La Cour d'Argent 2016: 90-91 /100

Another juicy red with plenty of fruit and an underlying freshness of acidity. Firm tannins, medium body and an electric finish. Clear.

Les Gravières 2016: 90-91 /100

A firm and tangy young red with firm and solid tannins. Juicy fruit. Medium body and a medium finish.

Lynsolence 2016: 91-92 /100

Very pretty depth of fruit here with beautiful intensity and richness. Yet always balanced and in reserve. Medium body. Fine tannins.

The Wine Advocate

Wine Advocate n°230 - Primeurs 2016 - RobertParker.com

Les Gravières 2016: 88-90 /100

It has a lovely ripe red cherry and crushed strawberry scented bouquet with a touch of orange blossom following through. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy tannin and plenty blackberry and bilberry fruit, leading to a structured tobacco-tinged finish. This is a well-made Saint Emilion.

Lynsolence 2016: 91-93 /100

Denis Barraud has crafted a very impressive 2016 Lynsolence. It has a crisp and well defined bouquet with blackberry and wild hedgerow scents, a little muted at first but just a few swirls is all it needs. The palate is medium-bodied with chewy tannin on the entry, a fine bead of acidity, well balanced with a harmonious finish with a cheeky hint of orange rind. More refined than I have noticed compared to previous vintages, yet maintaining intensity, this comes highly recommended.

Wine Doctor by Chris Kissack

Wine Doctor - Chris Kissack - Primeurs 2016

Lynsolence 2016: 16-17 /20 - 92-94 /100

It has a dark and very concentrated, creamed, black-plum nose, showing a very primary Merlot-skin character, quite fresh and lively despite the intensity, with a black soot and pepper focus. A very polished start to the palate, some quite exotic fruits, very ripe and creamed, with a fresh style. The composition revolves around a ripe grip of tannins which run through the middle to the finish. Although quite an intense style, with a long finish of chewy tannin, it feels nicely judged and works within the vintage. Certainly in the modern style, but not overdone.

Wine Cellar Insider

Wine Cellar Insider - Jeff Leve - Primeurs 2016

Lynsolence 2016: 91-93 /100

Deep and dark in color, fleshy, rich, juicy, sweet and lush. There is freshness, ripe fruit and length. This is the best wine yet for Lynsolence and should age nicely.

Yves Beck

Yves Beck - yvesbeck.vin - Primeurs 2016

La Cour d'Argent 2016: 90-91 /100

Deep and purple in color. Complex bouquet revealing mineral and fruity notes, blackcurrant, freshly toasted bread and morello cherries. On the palate, the wine is fruity and elegant. The body has density and tannins which are slowly showing on finale. They are fine and well blended with the structure. A very successful wine and an exceptional value for money. 2020-2030.

Lynsolence 2016: 94-96 /100

Deep and purple in color. Intense, complex, revealing notes of licorice, dark chocolate and cherries. With aeration, I also find blackberries, raspberries and caramel. Elegant, compact, creamy on the attack. The body has fat, breadth and exceptional balance between structure and tannins which slowly revealed. These tannins are perfectly integrated and stand up to a lively structure that grants freshness and fruit on the finish. A wine of character combining power and charm. One of the greatest wines that Denis Barraud has ever produced.

Les Carnets de dégustation de Jean-Marc Quarin

Jean-Marc Quarin: Primeurs 2016

Lynsolence 2016: 16,5 /20 - 92 /100

The best ever made. Dark, purple and black color. Intense, with fresh, ripe and spicy fruity. Very nice soft attack then the wine develops fleshy, bursting with fruits, tasty, full-bodied. A long, powerful, tasty finish with nicely blended tannins. Excellent!

Journal d'un passionné de la rive droite

Daniel Seriot - Diary of a Right Bank lover- Primeurs 2016

La Cour d'Argent 2016: 89-90+ pts

Ripe fruit, sweet spices and floral notes. Medium bodied, coated with delicate and velvety flesh, enhanced by expressive fruits. The willowy and aromatic finale has length and freshness.

Les Gravières 2016: 91-93 pts

Ripe cherries, mild spices, floral notes and liquorice. Elegant, full-bodied, dense, and ample, coated with a velvety flesh enhanced by appealing fruits. Long finale with blended tannins, fresh and persistent.

Lynsolence 2016: 93-94+ pts

Intense on the nose, cherries, blackberries, spice box, notes of licorice and a hint of violets. On the palate, it's rich, concentrated, full bodied, velvety, and very fruity. The finale is long, shows controlled power, blended tannins and freshness, and is very aromatic.

Yves Beck Bordeaux 2014

Yves Beck - Bordeaux 2014 special issue - Feb. 2017

Les Gravières 2014: 89 /100

Intense and complex on the nose. Notes of raspberries and figs. On the palate, the attack is quaffing and elegant. Full bodied, the wine has finesse with a lot a balance. A digestible, juicy and enjoyable wine that just needs time to soften a bit and to gain length.

Lynsolence 2014: 94 /100

So much elegance and finesse! The wine is appealing as from the first nose, raspberries, currants, strawberries and licorice. I like this delicate way to reveal complexity. You can do it in a thunderous way or, as Denis Barraud, with subtlety. In the mouth, the attack is sweet and fruity. The wine is full-bodied, oily and balanced. The tannins are strong and slowly reveal themselves on the finish, bringing vigor and freshness. A very successful wine that deserves to be cellared as I think the finish will show more fruit.

James Suckling

James Suckling - February 2017

Lynsolence 2014: 90 pts

This nose of black fruits here has just a hint of something herbal, and you could be forgiven for thinking this was a very modern wine. Yet when you taste it, the sleek body, strident tannins and rather uncompromising finish are well all quite challenging. Give it time to soften. Better in 2020.

Les Gravières 2014: 89 pts

Maybe the tannins are a bit chewy, but this is quite a bold wine, and there's a nice freshness on the finish. If the fruit were a bit more forthright, it would score higher.

La Cour d'Argent 2014: 90 pts

Marked aromas of dark fruit and expresso. The palate is full and juicy on the attack but follows through to chewy tannins, walnut flavors and a long finish. Better in 2019.

Wine Spectator

Wine Spectator - February 2017

Lynsolence 2014: 88 pts

"This has a hefty feel, with licorice and warmed tobacco notes coating the core of dark plum, fig and blackberry preserve flavors. A loamy edge on the finish imparts a stolid profile, though modest cellaring should loosen this up a little. Best from 2018 through 2022."

Vinous Media - Antonio Galloni - Feb. 2017

Formerly Parker reviewer, wine expert Antonio Galloni now runs his own newsletter: Vinous Media.

Lynsolence 2014: 91 pts

It has developed beautifully over the last two years. There is plenty of intensity in the dark blue and purplish stone fruit flavors, but the 2014 has also acquired a measure of freshness it did not show as a young wine. The tannins could use a bit more time to soften, but otherwise, Lynsolence is a very pretty, attractive Saint-Émilion with considerable near- and medium-term appeal (2018-2029).

Wine Enthusiast

Wine Enthusiast - December 2016

Tasting notes by Roger Voss

La Cour d'Argent 2014: 89 pts

Mint aromas and spice give this wine a good start. It is full in the mouth with spice, toast as well as black-currant fruits. The acidity and the crisper aftertaste give the wine a fine lift. Drink this wine from 2018.

Guide Hachette 2017

Guide Hachette 2017

La Cour d'Argent 2014: 1 star

Ripe fruit, empyreumatic nuances and a very pleasant vegetable tip make up a fine and complex bouquet. Solid tannins, ample, dense and generous material. The wine is very good and will age well.

Les Gravières 2012: 2 stars * * Editor's choice * *

Powerful, long, dense and suave, the wine is elegant thanks to its racy and silky tannins and to a beautiful oak that respects expression of the fruit.

Lynsolence 2013: 1 star

The wine is still marked by the aging in barrel, but the oak is qualitative and fruit is very present. Deep, tight tannins.

Weinzeitung

Weinzeitung - Switzerland - Primeurs 2015

Les Gravières 2015: 16 /20

Lynsolence 2015: 17 /20

Mittelkräftiges, süsses, seidenes Bouquet, rote und blaue Beeren, Grafit, Zedern. Üppiger, fruchtiger, süsser Gaumen, kräftige Frucht, süsse Aromatik, breite, mollige Struktur feinsandiges Tannin, langer, süsser Abgang. (2021-2032)

Mid-strong, sweet, silky bouquet, red and blue berries, graphite, cedar. Lush, fruity, silky on the palate, tangy fruit, sweet aromas, broad, chubby structure fine sandy tannins, long, sweet finish.

La Revue du Vin de France

La Revue du Vin de France - May 2016

La Cour d'Argent 2014: 16 /20

Saint-Emilion based Denis Barraud has created a wine of a splendid colour, with a top-notch concentration and plenty of ripe black fruit. An excellent wine.

Bernard Burtschy

Bernard Burtschy - Le Figaro - Primeurs 2015

Les Gravières 2015: 16 /20

Nice wine, charming, fresh, solid, appealing. Drink 2020-2025.

Lynsolence 2015: 16 /20

Dark. Leather and spices aromas. On the palate, the wine is supple, charming, round with a soft underlying tannic structure. Nice wine. Drink 2020-2029.

Thomas Boxberger-von Schaabner

Thomas Boxberger-von Schaabner - ExtraPrima - Germany

Denis Barraud ist ein ehrlicher, bodenständiger Winzer mit Hang zum Herzhaften.

Les Gravières 2015: 89-91 pts

Schwarze Farbe, massive Gerbstoffe mit satter Struktur, etwas überextrahiert and fleischig, weich geklopft, wenig Frische.

Lynsolence 2015: 90-92+ pts

40 % des Lesegutes werden nach der vinification intégrale im Barrique vergoren, der Rest im Holzcuve. Schwarze Farbe. Massiv, dicht und üppig, süss end trocken zugleich. Schokoladenkuchen mit Kirschglasur. 100 % merlot, 100 % neues Holz.

Journal d'un passionné de la rive droite

Daniel Seriot - Diary of a Right Bank lover- Primeurs 2015

Les Gravières 2015: 91-93 pts

Forward cherry, blackcurrant, spice box aromas. On the palate, the wine is fleshy, very velvety, ample, dense with a lot of fruit. The finish is long, deep and persistent.

Lynsolence 2015: 92-94+ pts

Beautifully creamy and intense on the nose with black fruit, spice and liquorice aromas. The wine is rich, concentrated, full-bodied, very velvety on the palate, with quaffable fruits. The finish is long, full, harmonious and very persistent.

Jancis Robinson

Jancis Robinson - Primeurs 2015

Lynsolence 2015: 16 /20

Very round and mellow. No rough edges and a good balance of ripe fruit and freshness. Some drying tannins on the end. Very opulent and seductive. Purple fruit flavours. Drink 2023-2032.

Yves Beck

Yves Beck - Weinwisser - Primeurs 2015

Lynsolence 2015: 93-95 pts

Fruity and spicy with a lot of finesse on the nose. Beautiful symbiosis between graphite, cocoa and black fruits. Hints of licorice. On the palate, the wine is smooth and expressive, dark chocolate and freshness. The body is well-balanced with a good tannin structure. The elements have to blend but it's promising. Bravo. 2023-2040.

Les Carnets de dégustation de Jean-Marc Quarin

Jean-Marc Quarin - Primeurs 2015

Lynsolence 2015: 16.5 /20 - 92 pts

My best mark ever given to this wine.

Dark and intense color with a lot of fruit and a hint of citrus. More than ever finesse on the palate, with an expression raising, also more than ever subtle but still on solid grounds. Juicy, powerful, melting, scented, with a long and spicy finish. Of all the previous vintages of the wine, it has the highest refinement. Bravo.

Les Gravières 2015: 15.5 /20 - 88 pts

This 100% merlot has a lot of fruit on the nose and is oily on the palate, suave and rather opulent for a gravelly soil, tasty with a good length. It's good.

La Cour d'Argent 2015: 15 /20 - 87 pts

Expressive, tasty, finely fleshy with a fruit slightly brighter than previous vintages. Good length. A success.

James Suckling

James Suckling - Primeurs 2015

Lynsolence 2015: 92-93 pts

Very tight and focused with beautiful dark berry such as blackberry and blueberry. Stone and chalk undertones. Full and tight. Polished.

Les Gravières 2015: 91-92 pts

Silky and tight with firm tannins and fresh acidity. Medium to full body and mineral, dark berry and stone aftertaste.

La Cour d'Argent 2015: 90-91 pts

A wine with blackberry, blueberry and mineral aromas and flavors. Full body.

Wine Spectator

Wine Spectator - February 2016

Lynsolence 2013: 89 pts

"This has ample richness for the vintage. Toast-driven but well-integrated, with plum sauce and blackberry coulis flavors, accented by a lingering anise note and showing some good brambly grip. Well done for the vintage. Drink now through 2019."

Guide Hachette 2016

Guide Hachette 2016

Les Gravières 2012: 2 stars * * Editor's choice * *

La Cour d'Argent 2012: 2 stars * *

Wuhan Bordeaux Wine Festival

Wuhan Bordeaux Wine Festival - China

The Bordeaux & Aquitaine Wine Festival was held on the 1st November 2014 in the Shangra-la hotel, Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.

La Cour d'Argent 2012, Silver Medal in Bordeaux, has been awarded with a Special Selection "Coup de Coeur" Trophy.

Blind Tasted - Andreas Larsson

Blind Tasted - Andreas Larsson - World's Best Sommelier

Château Les Gravières 2012: 92 pts

"(...) Palate is very concentrated, youthful, with a quite massive structure today; layers of dark fruit, of cassis, plum, kirsch. Still the extract is finely tuned, with grainy tannins, a well-preserved acidity. (...)Good balance between fruit and extract. Very long finish. It's just a bit massive and monolithic today and should need time to gain nuance; but ambitious and well-made, with a bright future."

Entire commentary is on YouTube

Château Les Gravières 2011: 90 pts

"(...) A wine I would call very rich or intense, modern style, nicely polished with a good length, good purity of fruit. This would need another few years in the cellar because it certainly has the properties to develop well."

Entire commentary is on YouTube

Lynsolence 2007: 90 pts

"(...) Feels like a very modern expression with this concentration, high extraction but finely tuned. Very rich and opulent in terms of fruit, with finely spicy notes and a very long lingering finish. Very good."

Entire commentary is on YouTube

Lynsolence 2008: 92 pts

"(...) Very concentrated on the palate, very modern style with a high density; but good extraction here, we have very grainy tannin, they don't appear hard in any way. Then layers of dark spicy fruit, of blackberry, juicy dark plum. Finely integrated oak. (...) Very good grip and very long finish, with spicy dark fruit. (...) A very ambitious and pretty wine."

Entire commentary is on YouTube

Lynsolence 2009: 93 pts

"(...) A very fine wine, rather modern style with a good emphasis on that ripe fruit. We have a lot of extract, we have a great deal of density here, and a very long and lingering finish. Ripe style so tannins are well-integrated, but still very present. Very juicy dark fruit with notes of cassis, some spicy notes; almost some exotic notes of mint. A wine which I think is offering both opulence and elegance (...) Very fine."

Entire commentary is on YouTube

Concours de Bordeaux

Bordeaux Competition 2015

Two more awards for Denis Barraud' wines:

A Gold Medal to Lynsolence 2012

A Bonze Medal to Château Les Gravières 2012.

The Wine Advocate

Wine Advocate #218 - 2012 vintage tastings - eRobertParker

La Cour d'Argent 2012: 89 pts

From the competent and very experienced hands of Denis Barraud, this overachieving Bordeaux Supérieur has an inky purple color, plenty of charcoal-infused blackcurrant and cassis notes, deep, medium-bodied flavors, shocking concentration and suppleness, and amazing follow-through and texture. This could easily compete with a cru classé in a blind tasting. Drink it over the next 5-7 years, although it might last considerably longer.

Les Gravières 2012: 89+ pts

With an inky purple color, graphite, blueberry and black raspberry fruit, this medium to full-bodied wine is impressive, rich and pure, with nicely integrated oak, acidity, tannin and alcohol and a long, long finish. Produced from 100% Merlot, this is top-notch wine and a very strong effort from proprietor Denis Barraud. Drink it over the next 15 or more years.

Lynsolence 2012: 94 pts

An impressive, strong effort from Lynsolence, this wine, which normally is 100% Merlot, tipping the scale at 14.5%, has an almost opaque bluish/purple color that is followed by a full-bodied, very concentrated, beautifully made wine with sweet tannin, a multi-dimensional mouthfeel and almost skyscraper-like intensity and richness. This is a star of the vintage and a great, great effort from Lynsolence. Production from the tiny 6.5-acre vineyard was a measly 22 hectoliters per hectare. Drink it over the next 15 or more years.

Concours des Vignerons Indépendants

2015 Independant Winemakers' Competition

Two more awards for Denis Barraud' wines:

A Gold Medal to Château La Cour d'Argent 2011

A Silver Medal to Château Les Gravières 2011.

Concours agricole de Paris

Paris General Competition

Château Les Gravières 2013 has been awarded with a Gold Medal at the 2015 Concours General Agricole of Paris, France.

Wine Spectator

Wine Spectator - February 2015

Lynsolence 2012: 90 pts

"A very ambitious wine, with loads of boysenberry, plum and blackberry pâte de fruit flavors rumbling along, lined with lots of anise and fruitcake details. Shows a wall of toast on the polished finish. For fans of the fruit-bomb style, but should develop with cellaring. Best from 2016 through 2022."

Les Gravières 2012: 88 pts

"Frankly ripe, with a solid beam of crushed plum and raspberry pâte de fruit, lined with anise and carried by ample toasted spice on the finish. Lacks range, but a solid crowd-pleaser nonetheless. Drink now through 2017."

La Cour d'Argent 2012: 87 pts

"Focused, with a bramble and warm fruitcake frame around a core of juicy plum and raspberry fruit. Shows good ripeness for the vintage. Drink now."

Guide Hachette 2015

Guide Hachette 2015

Les Gravières 2011: 1-star

"The 2011 is an intense, well balanced wine. On the nose, red fruits hold their own well against the toasty, vanilla hints from wood. A fresh attack leads to a full bodied palate, broad and powerful, with a foundation of impetuous tannins, which will guarantee the bottle successful aging. (Drink 2017-2022)"

Lynsolence 2011: 1-star

"A concentrated, hearty, solid wine, still a bit demonstrative but promising. (Drink 2017-2024)."

Los Angeles International Wine and Spirits

Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits - June 2014

Denis Barraud' wines have been awarded with 2 Gold Medals at the 2014 Los Angeles International Wine and Spirits:

La Cour d'Argent 2011: Gold Medal

La Cour d'Argent 2012: Gold Medal

Wine Spectator

Wine Spectator - March 2014

La Cour d'Argent 2011: 87 pts

"A polished, toasty style, with an overt mocha edge framing the core of crushed plum and steeped cherry fruit that hangs through the fleshy finish. Drink now."

Tasted journal

Tasted - Jan-Feb. 2014

From Andreas Larsson et Markus del Monego, the two Best Sommeliers of the World.

Lynsolence 2010: 90 pts

AL - Dense and inky colour. Modern nose of roasted oak, spices and dark berries, cassis and tobacco. Dense and powerful with integrated tannin, juicy blackberry, spicy notes, some oaky notes and a long lingering finish. 90 pts.

MDM - Dark purple red with violet hue and black centre. Balmy character, roasted flavor, chocolate and black berries. On the palate well structured with good weight and length. 90 pts.

Wine Spectator

Wine Spectator - Feb. 2014

Lynsolence 2011: 90 pts

"Rather dark, with braised plum, fig, pastis and charcoal notes accented by smoldering tobacco hints on the finish. The grip is briary, holding sway through to the end. This is layered and lengthy, and should stretch out with a bit of cellaring. Best from 2016 through 2022. 640 cases made."

Les Gravières 2011: 88 pts

"Offers a briary feel, with brambly tannins underlying a core of steeped plum and red currant fruit. Notes of anise and apple wood fill in on the finish. Drink now through 2018. 1,915 cases made."

Grand Jury Européen

Grand Jury Europeen (European Grand Jury) - April 2013

Lynsolence 2009: 5 stars (the highest mark)

Lobenbergs Gute Weine

Gute Weine - Deutschland

Die Trauben des Cour d'Argent werden teilweise in den benachbarten Regionen geerntet, deshalb darf der Wein nur die einfachere Appellation Bordeaux tragen, vom Stil jedoch eindeutig ein Saint Emilion. Die Weine stammen aus durchschnittlich 30jährigen Reben, ein Garant für Substanz und Tiefgründigkeit. Der Guide Hachette zeichnet den Wein regelmäßig mit dem Coup de Coeur oder zwei Sternen aus, eine bessere Reputation kann es nicht geben. Rober Parker gab dem 2005er die Bewertung von 87-89 Punkten und pries ihn als archetypisches Schnäppchen. Dem Besitzer gehört ebenfalls noch das Grand Cru Weingut Chateau Les Gravieres Saint Emilion, ebenfalls mehrfach mit dem Coup de Coeur ausgezeichnet. Denis Barraud hat einfach ein Händchen für großartige und dabei sehr preiswerte Saint Emilions. Visit website (in german)

Robert Parker

Robert Parker - synthesis

"Denis Barraud is an up-and-coming star of St.-Emilion."

Lynsolence 2012: 94 pts

Lynsolence 2010: 90 pts

Lynsolence 2009: 93+ pts

Lynsolence 2008: 91 pts

Lynsolence 2006: 90+ pts

"Dense, deep and full-bodied with moderate tannin."

Lynsolence 2005: 91-94 pts

"High glycerin levels as well as loads of structure and tannin, and nicely integrated acidity and wood in this powerful, big effort."

Lynsolence 2004: 90 pts

Lynsolence 2003: 92 pts

"Made from yields of 19 Hl/Ha, the 2003 is an exuberant, flamboyant, modern-styled St.-Emilion"

Lynsolence 2002: 87-89+ pts

Lynsolence 2001: 89 pts

Lynsolence 2000: 90 pts

Les Gravières 2012: 89+ pts

Les Gravières 2010: 89-92 pts

Les Gravières 2009: 93 pts

Les Gravières 2008: 91 pts

"Sleeper of the vintage".

Les Gravières 2007: 88-90 pts

Les Gravières 2006: 88 pts

Les Gravières 2005: 91-93 pts

"a wine of huge intensity, purity, richness, balance, and texture."

Les Gravières 2003: 91 pts

"Complete in the mouth, with full body, nicely integrated acidity, tannin, and alcohol, and a long, heady, reassuringly deep, persistent finish."

Les Gravières 2001: 90 pts

"Sleeper of the vintage".

Les Gravières 2000: 89 pts

"Sleeper of the vintage".

Les Gravières 1998: 88 pts

La Cour d'Argent 2012: 89 pts

"Could easily compete with a cru classé in a blind tasting"

La Cour d'Argent 2010: 87-88 pts

"Sleeper of the vintage".

La Cour d'Argent 2009: 87 pts

"Sleeper of the vintage".

La Cour d'Argent 2008: 86-87 pts

La Cour d'Argent 2006: 86 pts

La Cour d'Argent 2005: 87-89 pts

"Sleeper of the vintage".

La Cour d'Argent 2003: 85-87 pts

La Cour d'Argent 2001: 85-86 pts

La Cour d'Argent 2000: 87 pts

"A top-notch value in low-prestige, generic Bordeaux. (...) The wine is excellent, with a dark ruby/purple color, notes of mocha, chocolate, black cherries, and cassis in a lush, expansive, ripe style."

Wuhan Bordeaux Wine Festival

Wuhan Bordeaux Wine Festival - China

The Bordeaux & Aquitaine Wine Festival was held on the 1st November 2013 in the Shangra-la hotel, Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.

La Cour d'Argent 2011 was one of the few to be awarded with a Special Selection "Coup de Coeur" Trophy.

Wands Magazine

Wands Magazine - October 2013 - Japan

In the October 2013 issue, the japanese WANDS Wines & Spirits magazine presents the six winners of the Bordeaux Superieur Trophy, selected by a panel of thirty wine specialists, journalists, restaurateurs and sommeliers. Among them: La Cour d'Argent 2011.

Read the article (in japanese)

Le Monde Magazine

Le Monde Magazine - October 19, 2013

In its Gastronomy section, the magazine showcases five "Bordeaux Supérieur" wines including...

La Cour d'Argent 2011:

"With ambitious oaking, highly toasted, this wine is seductive and shows well judged balance. Notes of vanilla on the finish." (Read on)

Le Figaro

Le Figaro - October 2013

"The day of truth for Bordeaux Supérieurs 2011. Led by several visionaries, these wines are undergoing a revolution. Consumers can already distinguish its effects." Bernard Burtschy illustrates his article with a selection of 6 wines, one of which is...

La Cour d'Argent 2011:

"Created by the excellent Denis Barraud, eminent Saint-Emilion based producer, this wine has good density, a little tough today, but well nuanced. Tannins are well and truly present as is a good body. A great wine made from 95% merlot, 5% cabernet franc, which will improve well in the bottle. Bravo!"

Decanter Nov.2013

Decanter magazine - November 2013

La Cour d'Argent 2011: 15.5 (85) - Recommended

"Oak a tiny bit too intrusive on the first nose, but this is attractive with potential from Vignobles Denis Barraud in Saint-Sulpice de Faleyrens. Good juicy texture from the mainly black fruits. Tannins are evident, but not bitter, could see this going a good five years at this firm consistency. Drink 2013-2018."

2013 Talent du Bordeaux Supérieur

Château La Cour d'Argent chosen "Talent du Bordeaux Supérieur"

In September 2013 a jury of 6 professionals chose the

6 TALENTS of Bordeaux Supérieur.

In the range of competing Bordeaux Supérieur wines, the title of "Talent" is given yearly to the outstanding representatives of the appellation. This recognition is awarded after a large scale blind tasting, carried out by a jury of about 30 French and foreign specialists, journalists, restaurateurs and wine waiters.

One of the 6 prize winners was Chateau La Cour d'Argent 2011.

>> Read the article in L'Hôtellerie Restauration (in french) ...

Guide Hachette 2014

Guide Hachette 2014

La Cour d'Argent 2011: 1-star

"More than 40 years ago, Denis Barraud, oenologist, took over the family estate comprising 36 hectares (89 acres) on both sides of the Dordogne. For all his chateaux, both in regional and Saint-Emilion AOCs, he has been received the editor's choice award seventeen times. This wine, with one foot on the Génissac clay-limestone and the other on the sandy-gravel soils of Saint-Sulpice-de-Faleyrens, has won three of them. Merlot reigns almost unchallenged (5% Cabernet Franc) in this deep coloured 2011. Its charming nose and ripe red fruit marry with vanilla and cocoa due to its fourteen months maturation in barrel. There is good attack in the mouth, and the sweetness and powerful woody and spicy tannins suggest that it is a wine for laying down. The grower has successfully tried the match with woodcock."

Lynsolence 2010: 2-star

"Denis Barraud has succeeded with this 100% Merlot cuvee created in 1998. Its name and label pay homage to his graphics designer daughter and the wine is made from old vines planted on sandy gravel. The opulent bouquet mingles dark fruit with notes of toast and vanilla, lifted by fine hints of pepper in a style that is entirely classic. The firm yet unaggressive attack opens out to a palate that is both fleshy and tonic, supported by good freshness and high quality tannins. A bottle to drink young on its fruit or to lay down four or five years and accompany a dish of character, such as some roast game for example."

The Wine Advocate

Robert Parker - 2012 vintage "En primeur" tastings

Lynsolence 2012: 90-92 pts

"Full-bodied, powerful, rich, sinewy, meaty and masculine, this is a big, chewy, full-throttle effort that will need 3-5 years of bottle age when released, and should keep for 15 or more years. With 14.5% natural alcohol and lots of glycerin, fruit and body, this bruiser is, atypically, 100% Merlot that was cropped at very tiny yields of 22 hectoliters per hectare. This 6.5-acre vineyard boasts impressive over-achieving neighbors such as Monbousquet and Valandraud."

Les Gravières 2012: 87-89 pts

"This 100% Merlot cuvee from sandy/gravelly soils is medium-bodied, richly fruity and charming. It is ideal for drinking during its first 7-8 years of life."

La Cour d'Argent 2012: 86-88 pts

"It is a fruit-driven, easygoing, dark ruby-colored offering revealing hints of coffee beans, white chocolate and red and black fruits. Drink this medium-bodied, charming 2012 over the next 2-3 years. One of my favorite lower level generic Bordeaux, this 100% Merlot cuvee tips the scales at 13.5% natural alcohol and was cropped at a modest 33 hectoliters per hectare."

See also: All Robert Parker marks

The Wine Advocate

Robert Parker - Wine Advocate #205 - Feb. 2013

Lynsolence 2010: 90 pts

"The inky/purple wine exhibits major quantities of fruit, with blueberry and blackberry as well as touches of barbecue smoke and spring flowers. This wine has calmed down considerably, as it was somewhat irregular to taste from barrel. But this is now an outstanding effort, although, of course, there is little of it made. Drink it over the next 15 or so years.

This wine, from Deny Barraud's 6.25-acre property, has turned out well. The full-bodied, exuberant, flamboyant 2010 tips the scales at 14.7% alcohol and is 100% Merlot from tiny yields, only 22 hectoliters per hectare."

Wine Spectator

Wine Spectator - Feb. 2013

La Cour d'Argent 2010: 87 pts

"Dark and winey, this flirts with overripe, as the plum skin, raisin, fig and blackberry notes meld together. There's a good tangy roasted mesquite edge and dark spice pumping through the finish, but the raisiny edge on the finish is pushing it a bit. Drink now through 2015."

Les Gravières 2010: 91 pts

"Dark and winey, with briar and maduro tobacco notes adding nice texture to the tarry spine, which cuts through steeped blackberry and black currant fruit. The long, energetic finish has a licorice snap note. Best from 2015 through 2028."

Lynsolence 2010: 90 pts

"Quite toasty, with a thick ganache coating and chewy-textured plum, black currant paste and fig sauce notes. Lots of charcoal and briar stride through the finish. Features more guts than polish, but should soften enough with mid-term cellaring. For fans of the more extreme style. Best from 2015 through 2025."

Figaro.fr Vin

Figaro Vin - Bernard Burtschy - Feb. 2013

La Cour d'Argent 2009: 15.5 / 20

"Nicely full-bodied, rich and wooded, splendid maturity of fruit, silky, long. An exceptional achievement for the appellation."

Guide Hachette 2013

Guide Hachette 2013

Les Gravières 2009: 1 star

"In standard year, this wine, well known to our readers, often stands out by virtue of its greater maturity. In this sunny vintage, where the danger was from over-ripeness, Denis Barraud has mastered his job and put his signature on a well balanced pure merlot wine. Behind a deep robe with hints of youthful purple, a pleasant bouquet of red fruits, spices and vanilla can be discerned. In the mouth one tastes fruit overlaying a smooth, round body. Then the tannins from barrel aging flex their muscles at the finish. Three to five years cellaring will soften them."

=> A further 14 mentions since 1995, Editor's Choice 7 times.

The Wine Advocate

Robert Parker - Wine Advocate #199 - Feb. 2012

Les Gravières 2009: 93 pts

"Tremendously underrated from barrel several years ago, the 2009 Les Gravieres is the best wine proprietor Denis Barraud has ever produced. Yields were not terribly low at 38 hectoliters per hectare, but this wine (made with 100% Merlot and finishing at just under 14% alcohol) has a spectacular, even flamboyant nose of pen ink, graphite, blackberry and black currant liqueur along with hints of subtle smoke and burning embers. On the palate it is full-bodied, with outstanding intensity, a skyscraper-like mid-palate that goes on and on, and an extravagant, even luxurious finish with silky tannins and low acidity. Drink it over the next 15 or so years. Bravo! "

Lynsolence 2009: 93+ pts

"Even better from bottle than it was from cask, this wine has the potential to score even higher as it evolves. Unfortunately, because the yield was only 25 hectoliters per hectare, a very small amount of wine from this 6.5-acre vineyard of 50 year old vines was produced. Black purple in color, with elements of graphite, licorice and camphor as well as a foresty/floral note, the wine is super-dense, full-bodied, powerful, rich and capable of lasting 20-25 years. Thanks to the vintage-s low acidity and ripe tannins, it has a certain accessibility, but this is a relatively massive 100% Merlot, bottled unfined and unfiltered. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2030."

Wein & Markt

Wein & Markt - march 2012

In Bordeaux/Bordeaux Sup. Tasting, the professional german magazine Wein & Markt has awarded La Cour d'Argent with one of the highest marks.

La Cour d'Argent 2009: 88 pts

"Ripe black fruits on the nose, revealing a lot more in the glass. Classic on the palate."

Wine Spectator

Wine Spectator - Red bank Bordeaux tastings (Jan.18, 2012)

Lynsolence 2009: 93 pts

"Quite lush, with deftly toasted blackberry, plum and fig fruit carried by enticing Christmas pudding and Valrhona chocolate notes. Has hefty grip on the finish, which really pumps out the dark fruit. Very solid, but will surely need some time to stretch out. Best from 2014 through 2027."

The Wine Advocate

Robert Parker - 2010 vintage "En primeur" tastings + 2008

Lynsolence 2010: 89-91 pts

"Given the fact that the 2008 shows far better out of bottle than it did from cask, I would not be surprised to see the 2010's score rise after bottling. Proprietor Denis Barraud believes this is the finest wine he has produced since 2005. Cropped at 24 hectoliters per hectare, this 100% Merlot was closed and backward when I tasted it, so it may have just finished malolactic fermentation. It is a formidably endowed, brooding, inky/blue/purple-colored effort revealing notes of crushed rocks, blue and black fruits, new oak and a touch of smoke. In the mouth, the tannins take over and the wine shuts down completely. However, there is a lot going on here based on how previous vintages have performed. It should reveal more in a few years."

Lynsolence 2008: 91 pts

"Significantly better from bottle than it was from barrel, this beauty made from yield of 19 hectoliters per hectare possesses high alcohol (14,4%). It is a concentrated yet open-knit wine that is in total contrast to the closed nature of the 2010. A deep plum/purple hue is accompanied by sweet aromas of blueberries, black raspberries, crushed chalk and barrique. This texture, pure, rich 2008 is ideal for drinking now and over the next 12-15 years."

Les Gravières 2010: 89-92 pts

"Its dense opaque purple color is accompanied by notes of white chocolate, mocha, espresso roast and extravagant levels of black cherries and black currants. While this is a fleshy cuvee, there is plenty of tannin lurking under the surface and I would not be surprised to see this wine close down after bottling. Deep, full-bodied and impressively endowed, it should drink nicely for 10-15 years."

Les Gravières 2008: 91 pts - Sleeper of the vintage

"This solidly constructed, dense, unfined and unfiltered St-Emilion possesses plenty of richness as well as fruit. Enjoy it over the next decade."

La Cour d'Argent 2010: 87-88 pts

"I tasted this wine twice during my visit to Bordeaux and on each occasion it was a beauty. Made from 100% Merlot planted in clay and limestone soils and aged in old oak, it is an attractive, chubby, delicious, young Bordeaux bursting with raspberry and black cherry fruit. With admirable purity as well as a nice texture, it is the type of wine that Bordeaux needs to make more frequently as it is unmistakably Bordeaux in taste and textural/aromatic profile. It also represents a great value. Enjoy it over the next 2-3 years."

See also: All Robert Parker marks

Wine Spectator

Wine Spectator - Bordeaux tastings (April 2011)

Lynsolence 2008: 91 pts

"Dark, ripe and mouthfilling, this boasts lots of crushed plum, blackberry and black currant fruit woven with roasted vanilla and espresso notes, which lend a nicely firm feel to the full-bodied finish. Needs a little time to stretch out fully."

Les Gravières 2010: 89-92 pts

La Cour d'Argent 2010: 87-90 pts

James Suckling

James Suckling - primeurs 2010

La Cour d'Argent 2010: 89-90 pts

Decanter magazine

Decanter magazine - November 2010

" Bordeaux beyond the Grands Crus "

La Cour d'Argent 2009: **** (4 stars) - highest rating

"Intense purple colour and equally rich and deep on the nose, heading to over extraction but just pulling back. This estate is located near to Saint Emilion, and is producing good quality, modern-style Bordeaux. 100% Merlot, with some liquorice and blueberry flavours. High alcohol, but successful - if chewy."

Guide Hachette 2011

Guide Hachette 2011

Les Gravières: mention for the 2007

"Elegant deep ruby colour. Red fruits dominate on the nose, accompanied by a hint of fresh mint and very discreet wood. The mouth is well structured, balanced between good vinosity and tannins that are still young, promising serene aging. In a year or two, one could start opening the odd bottle to accompany duck magrets or roast beef."

=> A further 14 mentions since 1995, Editor's Choice 7 times.

Haut-Renaissance: ** 2 stars and Editor's choice for the 2007

"Respectably old (nearly 50 years) merlot vines, modern techniques of vinification, well handled barrel aging over 12 months and the skill of the winemaker all lead to this new performance. This deep garnet, almost black wine is a remarkable success. The delicately toasted nose reveals both fresh and cooked red fruit. On airing, hints of mineral and spice appear. The mouth shows a superb balance between ripe fruit, fatness, freshness, silky tannins, and delicate wood. The concentration and length of this fine Saint-Emilion allow it to be kept three years."

=> A further 14 mentions with stars since 1995, Editor's Choice 7 times.

Merlot De Lyne: Mention for the 2008

"A Bordeaux that is all Merlot, marrying black fruits, liquorice and coffee on the nose. The mouth reveals an agreeable balance between freshness, smoothness, integrated wood, firm tannins and a long finish. Wait for a couple of years to allow the structure to soften up."

=> A further 10 mentions with stars since 1995, Editor's Choice twice.

Guide Les Meilleurs Vins de France

RVF Guide 2011: The Best French Wines

"The Lynsolence 2009 shows itself as tight and deep, with tannins which are abundant but ripe. The 2007 is already smooth and open."

Les Gravières 2006

15

Haut-Renaissance 2006

14.5

Lynsolence 2006

15.5

Lynsolence 2007

15

Lynsolence 2009

16.5

Guide Bettane et Desseauve

Guide Bettane & Desseauve

Lynsolence 2008: 15.5 /20

"The wine is meaty, warm, round and smooth with plenty of chocolate on the nose."

Lynsolence 2007: 15 /20

"A smooth style, silky with hints of black fruit and chocolate."

The Wine Advocate

Robert Parker - 2009 vintage "En primeur" tastings

Lynsolence 2009: 90-92 pts

"Yields were minuscule at 25 hectoliters per hectare, and the wine has a mind-blowing 14.9% natural alcohol, covered by fat, texture, and depth. Inky blue/purple, with loads of blackberry, kirsch, licorice, and a touch of herbs, the wine is dense, round, opulent, even viscous, with silky tannins and a big, fleshy mouthfeel."

Les Gravières 2009: 88-91 pts

"This is another big wine (...) The wine is larger than life, full-bodied, concentrated, and earthy, with loads of red and black fruits, but the tannins are sticking out somewhat disjointedly at this stage."

La Cour d'Argent 2009: 86-87 pts

"A well-known property for shrewd consumers to seek out, this 100% Merlot wine offers loads of unadulterated, unmasked ripe cherry and currant fruit as well as a hint of minerality in a soft, round style ideal for near-term consumption. It's drinking well already and should evolve for 3-4 years."

See also: All Robert Parker marks

Wine Spectator

Wine Spectator - "En primeur" tastings

Lynsolence 2009: 90-93 pts

"Blackberry and spice aromas, with hints of barley. Full-bodied, with layered tannins and lots of fruit. Dense and stylish."

Les Gravières 2009: 90-93 pts

"Licorice, tar and blackberry on the nose. Full-bodied, with a solid core of fruit, silky tannins and a long finish."

La Cour d'Argent 2009: 87-90 pts

"A balanced and easy young wine, with cool, clean and minerally fruit character, firm tannins and a medium finish."

Le guide des meilleurs vins à petits prix

Guide Gerbelle & Maurange 2011 - Guide to the best reasonably priced wines

Haut-Renaissance 2008: 16 /20

"Powerfully coloured, shot with black, this wine set itself apart during the tasting of the 2008 wines by its structure and the way in which concentration and body have obviously been sought after. This wine shows concentration and length, whilst benefiting from top class barrel aging. A very fine wine, full and long."

La Cour d'Argent 2008: 15.5 /20

"In an ambitious style, with very good extraction of colour, and barrel aging worthy of some of the Grands Crus. On the nose, hints of vanilla, toast and mocca are to be found. But the richness on the palate and its concentration will allow it to integrate the wood which is still a bit dominant at the moment. To lay down two or three years."

The tasting notes of Jean-Marc Quarin

Jean-Marc Quarin - "En primeur" tastings

Lynsolence 2009: 16.25-16.5 /20

"Denis Barraud has produced his best ever red wine. Beautiful intense colour. Nose intense. Fruity, pure and ripe. Very fine initial taste, fat, developping in aromatic intensity, with plenty of mouthfilling taste. Very full, deep and long, it is complex and tannic on the finish, while retaining plenty of fleshiness. This is a superb wine, rich in body, and full of vitality. Very great length. Highly recommended." (My best mark ever given to this "cru" tasted "en primeur".)

Les Gravières 2009: 15.25 /20

"This year is really a perfect one for Denis Barraud's wines. The colour is deep, intense and beautiful. The nose is full of ripe fruit. The mouth is luscious, smooth, with abundant fruit and body. Powerful finish. This is a Saint-Emilion, profoundly marked by the sun, which does not fail to suggest the South and it is excellent." (My best mark ever given to this "cru" tasted "en primeur".)

La Cour d'Argent 2009: 15 /20

"Denis Barraud has here suceeded in making a very fine Bordeaux. Well coloured, with ripe fruit, gentle and juicy in the mouth and with a powerful finish. The tannins are well covered by the fruit and the wine has good length. A success." (My best mark ever given to this "cru" tasted "en primeur")

Andreas Larsson

Andreas Larsson - Best Sommelier of the world

Lynsolence 2001 - Evolutive tasting

"Sweet and intense perfume of dark berries, some floral notes, spices and mocha emanates from the glass, the palate shows a big concentration and great balance, silky tannins and a very long finish, elegant and opulent at the same time, drinks very well, I suppose it can still gain in complexity." (Third tasting: 8th may 2009)

Website: www.andreaslarsson.org

Prize Cup of the Saint-Emilion Grand Crus

The Saint-Emilion Wines Cup 2009

135 wines were entered into the 2009 edition of this competition organised by the Saint-Emilion wines council at Vinexpo on the 21st June. The object was to discern the wine that was most consistent in quality over the three vintages of 2004, 2005 and 2006.

Les Gravières was one of the finalists in Category Saint-Emilion Grand Cru. It then took second place just after Chateau Fombrauge
(see the trophy...)

Haut-Renaissance was also a finalist, and therefore also second, in the category Saint-Emilion. (see the trophy...)

Guide Hachette 2010

Guide Hachette 2010

Les Gravières: 2 stars and Editor's choice for the 2006

"A sumptuous Bordeaux red glinting with ruby. The rich nose is reminiscent of black currants and blackberries, with clove and tobacco. Broad and powerful, the mouth echoes the nose in a body which is supported by long lived tannins which will require a few years to integrate."

=> A further 13 mentions since 1995, Editor's Choice 7 times.

Haut-Renaissance: 1 star for the 2006

"Deeply coloured, the 2006 combines very fine wood with fresh suggestions of black fruits. Rich and well bodied, sustained by solid ripe tannins used with a delicate touch, it shows a long toasty and spicy finish. A great success in this vintage."

=> A further 13 mentions with stars since 1995, Editor's Choice 6 times.

La Cour d'Argent: mention for the 2006

"The attack consists of intense notes of blackcurrant and blackberry, complemented with nuances of spice and vanilla. The body has a richly dense structure continuing in the same vein as the nose, but lifted by menthol freshness. The wine is well structured by powerful tannins, which ask only to become integrated. To taste in three years' time."

=> A further 14 mentions (12 with stars) in the Guide Hachette since 1993, Editor's Choice 3 times.

Guide Les Meilleurs Vins de France

RVF Guide 2010: The Best French Wines

"Lynsolence 2006, like the 2005 impressed with its constitution and fruit. (...) Les Gravières 2006 also demonstrates a style that is full-bodied and modern. Haut-Renaissance is rounder and more immediate, with attractive fruit."

Les Gravières 2005

16

La Cour d'Argent 2005

14

Les Gravières 2006

15

Haut-Renaissance 2005

15.5

Lynsolence 2005

17

Haut-Renaissance 2006

14.5

Lynsolence 2006

15.5

Le guide des meilleurs vins à petits prix

Guide Gerbelle & Maurange 2010 - The best reasonably priced wines

Les Gravières 2007: "A lot of fruit in this concentrated and well cellared Saint-Emilion. It has body and length, with structured tannins present. Length and maturity of fruit. A fine bottle, which will cellar for some time. 15 /20" (category saint-émilion grand cru).

Haut-Renaissance 2007: "Endowed as ever with a modern concentrated approach, this wine is regularly praised in our guide. The mouth is full, agreeably wooded and the matter shows concentration and length. A good bottle amongst the category of reliable wines. 15.5 /20 (category saint-émilion)"

La Cour d'Argent 2007: "Good intensity in the mouth with body and a seductive aromatic palette. This is an attractive Bordeaux, made with care. 15 /20 (category bordeaux)"

The Wine Advocate

Robert Parker: The Wine Advocate n°181 - Feb 2009

Lynsolence 2006: 90+ pts

"Another St.-Emilion garagiste estate, this 6.2-acre vineyard, which abuts some of the Valandraud and Monbousquet parcels, has outstanding potential. The opaque purple-hued 2006 Lynsolence reveals a big, sweet kiss of kirsch liqueur, black fruits, licorice, smoke, and crushed rock-like aromas. Dense, deep, and full-bodied with moderate tannin and impressive equilibrium, proprietor Denis Barraud has consistently produced a wine that transcends his terroir. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2022."

Les Gravières 2006: 88 pts

"This dense ruby/plum/purple-tinged 2006 offers up sweet aromas of charcoal, pain grille, black cherries, and underbrush. It is a well-made, medium-bodied effort that will benefit from 1-2 years of bottle age, and should evolve for a decade."

La Cour d'Argent 2006: 86 pts

"An inexpensive charmer from Bordeaux's generic appellation, this wine offers tasty red currant fruit, wood spice, and earth characteristics in an undeniably Bordeaux style that is meant to be drunk during its first 2-3 years of life."

Andreas Larsson

Andreas Larsson - Best Sommelier of the world

Lynsolence 2006 - "My top picks"

"Very inky and dark purple, the nose is quite forward, it shows ripe dark fruit, leather and roasted coffee beans, the oak is marked but well-balanced, the palate is full with a rich texture, the tannins are still on the young side but should integrate well, long finish with some spicy notes."

Website: www.andreaslarsson.org

Andreas Larsson

Andreas Larsson - Best Sommelier of the world

Lynsolence 2001 - Evolutive tasting

"Deep ruby red with developed rims, the nose is forward and shows some nice mature aromas of truffle, wild berries and fine spices, the palate has a good structure, the fruit is well developed and sweet although the tannins are still present and could need some further time, an elegant wine with a good potential for mid term ageing." (First tasting: 9th may 2008)

"Very complex on the nose, same attributes as last time, slightly more intense, very nice structure, elegant fruit, there´s still more room for improvement even if it drinks perfectly well this time." (Second tasting: 14th november 2008)

Website: www.andreaslarsson.org

Bordeaux supérieur

The 5 TOP WINES of the Bordeaux appellation - november 2008

Château de La Cour d'Argent 2006

During a double blind tasting of 53 preselected bordeaux-aoc wines at the Brasserie La Coupole à Paris, a jury has selected Château de La Cour d'Argent 2006 to be one of the 5 TOP WINES of the Bordeaux appellation.

Le Point Spécial Bordeaux

Jacques Dupont - Le Point Bordeaux 2007 special issue - june 2008

Lynsolence 2007: 16 /20

"Tender wine. First class tannins. Very classy."

Les Gravières 2007: 15 /20

"Mineral, round, fruity and well balanced."

La Cour d'Argent 2007: 14.5 /20

"Sweet and pleasant."

The Wine Advocate

Robert Parker: The Wine Advocate n°171 - june 2007

Lynsolence 2004: 90 pts (up from previous tasting)

"A strong effort for the vintage, the 2004 Lynsolence is one of St.-Emilion's most concentrated and savory wines. (...) This beauty is accessible, but possesses the structure, power, and depth to age nicely for 12-15 years. Bravo!"

The Wine Advocate

Robert Parker: The Wine Advocate n°170 - april 2007

Lynsolence 2005: 91-94 pts

"This deep ruby/purple-tinged St.-Emilion offers a stunning nose of coffee, blueberries, black cherry jam, smoke, and lead pencil shavings. As one might expect from the natural alcohol achieved, there are high glycerin levels as well as loads of structure and tannin, and nicely intergrated acidity and wood in this powerful, big effort. Anticipited maturity: 2012-2015+."

The Wine Advocate

Robert Parker - Bordeaux En Primeur

Lynsolence 2006: 91-94 pts

"Another sensational garage operation in St.-Emilion, proprietor Denis Barraud's Lynsolence has been performing at a high level of quality for a number of years. The 2006's dense purple color and sweet bouquet of scorched earth, camphor, beef blood, lead pencil shavings, blackberries and cassis liqueur are both outstanding. The complex aromatics are followed by an impressively constituted, full-bodied, concentrated wine with ripe tannin and a long finish. It should be drinkable in 4-5 years, and age nicely for two decades or more."

Les Gravières 2005: 91-93 pts

"It is a wine of huge intensity, purity, richness, balance, and texture, but is not yet revealing much complexity. It appears to have the potential for 15+ years of longevity."

La Cour d'Argent 2005: 87-89 pts

"Sleeper of the vintage"

The Wine Advocate

Robert Parker - The Wine Advocate #164

Lynsolence 2003: 92 pts

"A tiny 6.5-acre vineyard planted in light gravel/sandy soils not far from Monbousquet and Valandraud, Lynsolence's proprietor, Denis Barraud, is an up-and-coming star of St.-Emilion. Made from yields of 19 hectoliters per hectare, the 2003 (100% Merlot that achieved 14.5% alcohol) is an exuberant, flamboyant, modern-styled St.-Emilion displaying an inky/plum/purple color, a big, sweet, ostentatious bouquet (smoke, new oak, blackberries, cassis), low acidity, a dense, chewy personality, abundant fruit and glycerin, and plenty of flesh covering its structural skeleton. Sadly, there are only 525 cases of this gorgeous offering. It can be enjoyed now and over the next 12-14 years of life." (april 2006)

Les Gravières 2003: 91 pts

"Made by proprietor Denis Barraud, the 2003 is a surprisingly strong effort from a soil type that often suffered in this vintage. It boasts a deep ruby/purple color as well as a fragrant perfume of black cherries, blueberries, smoke, and a hint of new barriques. Complete in the mouth, with full body, nicely integrated acidity, tannin, and alcohol, and a long, heady, reassuringly deep, persistent finish, the 2003 possesses 13% natural alcohol. That component, along with its 100% barrel aging has been soaked up beautifully by the wine's fruit. Drink it over the next 10-12 years." (april 2006)

La Revue du Vin de France

La Revue du Vin de France - may 2007

Lynsolence ranked as one of the 5 Strong Buys of the 2006 vintage:

"Very fine nose, with expressive & complex fruit. Superb on the mouth, fine textured and full bodied without a trace of over extraction. The aromas in this brilliantly vinified wine are very long lasting."

To have a closer look...

RVF Guide (Revue du Vin de France)

RVF Guide 2008 - Classification of the best French wines

(Revue du Vin de France guide)

" Lynsolence 2005 makes a strong impression with its fruit and structure, he might surpass the somptuous 2000. Intense in color, 2004 is vinified with great skill in a modern and full of charm style. Les Gravières 2005 is very promising, with intense fruit. 2004 is a more austere and strict. Haut-Renaissance 2005, with abundant fruit, is a real bargain. " (2008)

La Cour d'Argent 2005

14

La Cour d'Argent 2003

13

La Cour d'Argent 2004

14

Haut-Renaissance 2005

15.5

Les Gravières 2005

16

Lynsolence 2005

17

Les Gravières 2004

14

Lynsolence 2004

16

Les Gravières 2003

15.5

Lynsolence 2003

16.5

RVF Guide (Revue du Vin de France)

RVF Guide 2007 - Classification of the best French wines

(Revue du Vin de France guide)

"Supple, dense full bodied, Lynsolence is a superb modern style Saint-Emilion. Sadly there's very little of it. Ch. Les Gravières 2003, is a good and dense Saint-Emilion and there is plenty of it. 2002 is more refined, and 2001 more elegant. Their straight Bordeaux La Cour d'Argent 2004 deserves watching, because it's not every day that you find a delicious Bordeaux with such length." (2007)

Guide Hachette 2008

Guide Hachette 2008

Les Gravières: ** 2 stars and Editor's Choice for the 2004

"The wine is rich throughout the tasting (...) The mouth is fleshy, tasty and well structured with dense, well integrated tannins. A lively and elegant wine."

A further 12 mentions since 1995, Editor's Choice 6 times.

Haut-Renaissance: 1 star for the 2004

"Toasty notes with hints of red fruits lead into a rich mouth-feel well supported by tannins. The tasting finishes harmoniously."

A further 12 mentions with stars since 1995, Editor's Choice 6 times.

La Cour d'Argent: ** 2 stars and Editor's Choice for the 2005

"It is set apart by the complexity of its nose of ripe red fruit and dried fruit, with hints of vanilla, spice and liquorice typical of well handled barrel aging. In the mouth, all is power and balance, full bodied and full of fruit with well integrated grape tannins, marked by subtle oak, (vanilla and roasted wood), long finish."

A further 13 mentions (12 with stars) in the Guide Hachette since 1993,
Editor's Choice 3 times.

Guide Hachette 2007

Guide Hachette 2005-2007

Lynsolence 2003: ** 2 stars

"This is an explosive wine! The typical claret red colour is very dark, almost black. In the mouth, which is extremely concentrated, warm, sappy, full and round, crystallised fruits and fine oak are reinforced by fine tight tannins. Mouthfilling."

Les Gravières: 2 stars for the 2002 vintage

"Good concentration on the nose is reflected in full round vinous power in the mouth."

A further 12 mentions since 1995, Editor's Choice 6 times.

Haut-Renaissance: Editor's Choice for the 2002.

"Powerful and sappy flavour marrying beautifully ripe fruit and quality oak."

A further 12 mentions with stars since 1995, Editor's Choice 6 times.

La Cour d'Argent: 1 star for the 2004

"Aged 12 months in oak, this merlot (95%) opens on black cherry and toast, and has animal notes. Elegant oak supports the dense round mouthfeel, finishing all on toasty, caressing notes. A Bordeaux which will open out further after two more years of cellaring."

A further 13 mentions (12 with stars) in the Guide Hachette since 1993,
Editor's Choice 3 times.

De Lyne: Editor's Choice for the 2002

"Very fleshy, vinous and full, this vintage relies on plenty of well integrated tannins to arrive at a spicy, toasty fnish. Very much a high class wine."

A further 11 mentions (10 with stars) since 1993,
Editor's Choice twice.

The tasting notes of Jean-Marc Quarin

Jean-Marc Quarin - Tasting notes - synthesis

Lynsolence 2006: 15.5 /20

"Full bodied with smooth tannins and brigth fruit."

Lynsolence 2005: 16 /20

"A mouthfilling, tasty wine. A success."

Lynsolence 2004: 15 - 15,25 /20

Lynsolence 2002: 15 /20

Lynsolence 2001: 15,25 /20

Lynsolence 2000: 15.5 - 16 /20

Lynsolence 1999: 16 /20

Lynsolence 1998: 16.5 - 17 /20 - Special favourite

"Gentle attack, developping into a silky and elegant mouthfeel. The juicy, careful tannins develop slowly, with a silky character overall, and the airy smoothness of a great wine. The tannins are impeccably enveloped, without opulence, nothing is excessive, nor is there too much wood. Slips down by itself."

Les Gravières 2006: 14.5 - 14,75 /20

"Smooth and full of aromas. Well done modern wine."

Les Gravières 2005: 14.5 /20

Les Gravières 2004: 14.5 /20

Les Gravières 2002: 14,25 /20

Les Gravières 2001: 15.5 /20

Les Gravières 1998: 14.5 - 15 /20

Guide to the best reasonably priced wines

Guide Gerbelle & Maurange 2006 - Guide to the best reasonably priced wines

Les Gravières 2002: "Mouth: full, tasty, long, well sustained at the finish. A very great success. 9 /10" (Placed second amongst the Saint-Emilion Grand Cru).

Haut-Renaissance 2000: "After being aged 5 years, this wine has found a perfect balance without being diminished. On the mouth it shows good intensity, volume and length. A good full style, perfect as of now. 8 /10"

Wine Spectator

Wine Spectator

Lynsolence 2003: 90 pts

Lynsolence 2000: 91 pts

"Bright blackberry aromas. Full bodied, with thick, but fine tannins and a long, fruity finish."

Les Gravières 2003: 87 pts

Les Gravières 2002: 88 pts

La Cour d'Argent 2006 (en primeur): 85-88 pts

VINO magazine

VINO Magazine

The VINO magazine's Belgian tasting committee gave a 3 Bacchus award for Château de La Cour d'Argent 2005.

 

 

Decanter Magazine

Decanter Magazine - 2005

This celebrated British magazine gave a Bronze award to the Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Château Les Gravières 2002.

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Stephen Tanzer - International Wine Cellar

Lynsolence 2000: 87-90 pts

"Rich, creamy and seamless in the middle palate, with black cherry, rust and mineral flavors of noteworthy depth."

Lynsolence 1999: 86-89 pts

La Revue du Vin de France

Revue du Vin de France - March 2006

"Saint-Emilion: Our own classification of the 2006 classed growths"

In the section "Deserve an honourable mention":

Lynsolence 2002 ****: "The relentless work of Denis Barraud, starting in 1998 on this tiny 2 Ha (6 acre) terroir is today bearing fruit. Made from old Merlot vines, Lynsolence, for all that it is a modern style wine, has plenty of character. The mouth is full, but very slender and tight. A surprising wine, the 2002 shines by its breeding and depth. It's a wine that has been created perfectly, with silky elegant tannins. It belongs in the playground of the greats."

In Vino Veritas

In Vino Veritas #115 - Sept/Oct 2005

Lynsolence: "With an attack of spices, of vanilla and red fruit jam, it invites your contemplation. Openness and depth of flavour are key words from the very beginning. Despite average power and a finish showing a touch of bitterness, it benefits from a generous and frank structure. Whether sipped or gulped, there's pleasure to be had here."

Prize Cup of the Saint-Emilion Grand Crus

Prize Cup of the Saint-Emilion Grand Crus

Blind tasting of 68 Saint-Emilion Grand Crus by 70 tasters.

Château Les Gravières: semi-finalist

(The finalists were Château de Valandraud and Château Rochebelle)

Concours agricole de Paris

Paris Competition (Concours General Agricole)

Lynsolence 2012: Silver medal in 2014

Les Gravières 2013: Gold medal in 2015

Les Gravières 2008: Gold medal in 2010

Les Gravières 2007: Silver medal in 2009

Les Gravières 2006: Gold medal in 2008

Les Gravières 2004: Bronze medal in 2006

Les Gravières 2002: Silver medal in 2004

Les Gravières 2001: Bronze medal in 2003

Les Gravières 2000: Silver medal in 2002

Les Gravières 1999: Gold medal in 2001

Les Gravières 1998: Gold medal in 2000

Les Gravières 1997: Silver medal in 1999

Les Gravières 1995: Gold medal in 1997

Haut-Renaissance 2006: Silver medal in 2008

Haut-Renaissance 2005: Bronze medal in 2007

Haut-Renaissance 2001: Silver medal in 2003

Haut-Renaissance 2000: Gold medal in 2002

Haut-Renaissance 1999: Gold medal in 2001

Haut-Renaissance 1998: Gold medal in 2000

Haut-Renaissance 1997: Gold medal in 1999

Haut-Renaissance 1996: Gold medal in 1998

Haut-Renaissance 1994: Silver medal in 1996

Haut-Renaissance 1993: Gold medal in 1995

La Cour d'Argent 2000: Bronze medal in 2001

La Cour d'Argent 1999: Silver medal in 2000

La Cour d'Argent 1998: Gold medal in 1999

La Cour d'Argent 1997: Gold medal in 1998

La Cour d'Argent 1996: Gold medal in 1997

La Cour d'Argent 1995: Gold medal in 1996

Bordeaux Competition

Lynsolence 2012: Gold medal in 2015

Les Gravières 2012: Bronze medal in 2015

Les Gravières 2002: Bronze medal in 2005

Les Gravières 2001: Gold medal in 2004

Haut-Renaissance 2006: Gold medal in 2008

La Cour d'Argent 2012: Silver medal in 2014

La Cour d'Argent 2011: Bronze medal in 2013

La Cour d'Argent 2010: Silver medal in 2012

La Cour d'Argent 2004: Gold medal in 2005

La Cour d'Argent 2003: Silver medal in 2004

La Cour d'Argent 2001: Bronze medal in 2002

De Lyne 2010: Silver medal in 2012

De Lyne 2005: Gold medal in 2006

De Lyne 2004: Bronze medal in 2005

De Lyne 2002: Bronze medal in 2003

The 6 Talents du Bordeaux Supérieur

La Cour d'Argent 2011: elected in 2013

Concours des Vignerons Indépendants

Independant Winemakers' Competition

Lynsolence 2008: Gold medal in 2011

Lynsolence 2005: Gold medal in 2008

Lynsolence 2004: Bronze medal in 2007

Lynsolence 2002: Gold medal in 2005

Les Gravières 2011: Silver medal in 2015

Les Gravières 2010: Bronze medal in 2014

La Cour d'Argent 2011: Gold medal in 2015

La Cour d'Argent 2007: Gold medal in 2008

La Cour d'Argent 2006: Silver medal in 2007

La Cour d'Argent 2005: Gold medal in 2007

La Cour d'Argent 2004: Silver medal in 2005

Los Angeles International Wine and Spirits

Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Awards

La Cour d'Argent 2012: Gold medal in 2014

La Cour d'Argent 2011: Gold medal in 2014

La Cour d'Argent 2009: Silver medal in 2013

La Cour d'Argent 2008: Gold medal in 2010

La Cour d'Argent 2007: Bronze medal in 2009

De Lyne 2008: Bronze medal in 2010

Vinexpo competition

Haut-Renaissance 2004, 2005, 2006: St Emilion Cup Prize Cup finalist

Les Gravières 2004, 2005, 2006: St Emilion Grand Cru Prize Cup finalist

Talent 2013 du Bordeaux Supérieur

Talents of the Bordeaux Supérieur

La Cour d'Argent 2011: Bordeaux Superieur Talent in 2013

Wuhan Bordeaux Wine Festival

Bordeaux Wine Festival, Wuhan, China

La Cour d'Argent 2011: "Coup de Coeur" Trophy in 2013

 
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