Château Andron Blanquet, St-Estèphe, Bordeaux, France, 2014
(at Maison du Vin de St-Estèphe, 21 May 2018)
Drinking Window: 2020 - 2030
Owned by the same family as Cos Labory (with a little more clay in the soils here, explaining the richer expression), this is a wine worth seeking out, and it should develop well over the next 10 years. Plump black fruits through the palate accentuate the fairly modern impact, as do the touches of finessed caramel and dark chocolate. The oak use is evident (one-third new), but it remains in balance and there's both persistency and impact on display. 42hl/ha yield.