Merlot, Cabernet Franc
6 x 75cl * 13.5% ABV * Saint-Emilion, France
The ancient and unassuming Château Berliquet Berliquet comprises a10-hectare handkerchief of St Emilion vineyard, in a triangle between Angélus, Canon and Ausone. Set on St-Emilion’s western limestone plateau, its long history dates back to the 1740s, making it one of the appellation’s oldest vineyards.
Its grapes were used in a cooperative until 1978. Then, under the direction of Patrick de Lesquen, they began to vinify at the château and the wines improved beyond recognition. The estate was reclassified as a Grand Cru Classé in 1986 - the only château to be promoted that year. In 2017, Château Berliquet was bought by Chanel, who brought in winemaker Nicolas Audebert to further refine the estate’s offering.
The vineyard, beautifully located on the plateau of Magdeleine, has benefited in recent years from many works and intensive care to obtain the best quality of a great wine aged in underground monolithic cellars. In addition to introducing environmentally responsible practices in the winery, and increase biodiversity the Château has made a strong commitment to working sustainability. Château Berliquet offers a wine reflecting its herbaceous and mineral terroir, whose fabric and finesse defy the years, it is a truly exceptional wine.
"Candied cherries, tapenade, violets, and floral notes all emerge from the 2022 Château Berliquet, a medium to full-bodied, seamless Saint-Emilion that brings plenty of ripeness while staying nicely balanced, light on its feet, and elegant. Based on 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Franc, from yields of 31.2 hectoliter per hectare, it will spend 16 months in 44% new French oak, with a portion of the blend aged in amphora. This isn't the most powerful or opulent wine in the vintage, but it's as seamless and graceful as they come." 94-96 points, Jeb Dunnuck (May 2023)
"Dark damson colour, beautiful sense of uplift and freshness, with mint leaf, sage, wild rosemary, cassis fruits. Slate texture to the wine here, feels carved out and crafted, with edges of austerity that constrict the cassis and raspberry fruit. 44% new oak, 8 amphoras (around 10% of overall), the rest in one year old barrel, 45hl/h yield. Great stuff." 94 points, Jane Anson (May 2023)
"Lots of dark and crushed stones with blackberries and black olives. Dark earth. Full-bodied and more concentrated with very intense fruit and chewy tannins. Velvety and slightly rough, but all there." 93-94 points, James Suckling (April 2023)
Drinking window: 2025 - 2048
Please note prices are in-bond and exclude VAT and duty, which are payable when the wines land in-store which will be spring/ summer 2025.