Jacques Dupont, Le Point, May 2013
Tasted during Bordeaux Primeurs April 2013 (barrel sample)
« Black fruits, round, fruity, supple in the mouth, mellowing pleasant, to be drunk without waiting. »
John Salvi, MW tasted in Bordeaux 2014
COLOUR: deep, rich, vivid colour with purple edge veering to ruby. Bright and attractive;
NOSE: Open, generous nose of ripe fruit. Black fruits with notes of cassis. Nose evolves with aeration into a clean, warm and fresh bouquet with Merlot predominating. The nose is perfumed but retains freshness with fragrant florality;
PALATE: Above all smooth, deep-fruited and spicy. Has character. Classical Merlot flavours. Wine is relatively complex, well structured and complete. Good, fresh and clean acidity. Smooth, almost silky, totally integrated tannins. The tannins and the acidity will ensure that the wine ages gracefully without deviating. Attractive underlying minerality. Good length and lingering aftertaste. A ripe, well-fruited, easy-drinking, supple and pleasant wine.
Peter Scudamore-Smith, MW tasted in Brisbane July 2015
A rich wine, a merlot of 100% cepage. There is a hint of New World thinking from the prominent fruit aromas (conserve, red fruits, white flowers) and nose richness from 15 months in French oak barrels (five makers) giving chocolate, mint and generous fruit complexity. The three weeks vatting gives robust yet gliding tannins, fullness and depth of after-flavours of cedar and oak camphor, spice and flavour density. It continues to build in the bottle since bottling: it shows pedigree in a region with more than 700 years of viticultural experience on these same soils. It enjoys breathing, aerating or decanting for up to a day.
Derek Smedley, MW
Tasted in Lilley March 2016
92 points Drinking 2016-26
The fruit on the nose is bright and fresh the start of the palate has a mix of bilberry and cassis. There is mid richness and sweetness black plums and ripe black cherry and although lighter and firmer at the back the finish has dark chocolate richness.
Ben Thomas, The Weekly Review, Melbourne, April 2016
Bordeaux wines are generally blends of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and merlot. This is all merlot. It’s a fruit-driven wine and there are aromas and flavours of dark berries, violets, liquorice bullets and cedar. The fruit is complemented by gravelly tannins that call out for a roast lamb and a lengthy, savoury finish. Score: 92/100
Gilbert & Gaillard
Red wine. Bordeaux supérieur.
Note : 89/100.
Tasting : year 2016
A vivid dark red colour with ruby reflections. An ample and pleasant nose of red and black stewed fruits with a roasted note of vanilla and cocoa. Velvety at first, silky palate with fine tannins, and a precise taste of fruit. A very harmonious wine, very successful !
Daniel Seriot, Journal d’un Passionne de la rive droit, June 2016
“The colour is pretty deep purple. The bouquet is wide open with aromas of cherries, blackberries, delicate sweet spices and a floral touch. The palate is velvety, ripe tannins are coated with a skin of good quality, the mid-palate is round, full and fruity. The final good length remains velvety, fresh, fruity and floral.” Rated 14.5
Jean-Marc QUARIN ‘Chronicles’ July, 2016
Le Bout du Monde, 2012 Bordeaux supérieur – 15,5 // 88
“Beautiful, intense dark colour. Ripe fruit on the nose, fresh and slightly creamy. Plenty of luscious taste on the palate. The wine offers the drinker a soft body, abundant flavour, and feels as easy on the palate as a hand in its glove. Fleshy tannins. Savoury finish.
The first vintage, 2012, is a masterstroke. Full bodied but not too firm, this 100% merlot seems to be energised by its clay and limestone soil. The grape remains perfumed, not cooked, not candied. There is maximum flavour and one must make an effort to spit it out. Its balance is such that we forget which grape it’s made of. It’s only the taste that matters. This constitutes its originality.
From the start the vintage places itself within the élite of Bordeaux and Bordeaux Supérieurs, two labels whose potential will be discovered when entrepreneurs decide to devote as much work on them as they do on crus classés. M. Serisier’s Australian origins, a different wine culture from that of Bordeaux, help him to go beyond the artificial boundaries imposed between appellations that I myself have often found baseless.”
THE WINEDOCTOR…Chris Kissack
Le Bout du Monde (Bordeaux Supérieur) 2012: From 25-year old vines, 100% Merlot, with a production of 12,000 bottles. Vinified in small cement cuves, then 14 months in oak in this vintage, using 50% new and 50% second-fill barrels. A rich and bright hue in the glass. Like the 2014 though, while this is rich in berry fruit, showing a slightly roasted character, currently contained within a prominent frame of toffee, caramel and chocolate-laced oak. The palate carries on in the same vein, the fruit here more defined and seemingly more true to my perception of the vintage, showing a cooler red cherry character, albeit with a grilled edge, sitting in a bed of vanillin oak. A very nicely structured wine, with some finely defined tannins, and delightfully fresh acidity, all fashioned into a charming finish with a confident length. An attractive and honest style that shows some nice vintage typicity. 14.5/20 • 89/100 (January 2018)