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Grand Vin de Bordeaux

Cuvée le Bout du Monde

This wine comes from a high quality terroir historically called « fields at the end of the world » and is located on a clay and limestone plateau overlooking the Dordogne.

The clay and limestone plateau of Cadillac brings about the full expression of traditional varieties, everything being combined to allow the perfect maturing of the fruit and the characteristics of a great wine.

The vinification is made classically, so as to use only the best and necessary parts of the grapes.

This wine is also the creation of two men : Richard Serisier, an Australian owner come back on ancestral ground, and Stéphane Renié, a French wine technician. Both are respectful of traditional and contemporary wine making techniques.

This wine is made with passion and care and rewards us with absolute pleasure…the end of the world.

DESCRIPTION

Origin of property : acquired in 2012

Acreage : 12 hectares

Location : Fronsac plateau

Soil : clay and limestone

Climate : oceanic temperate

Varieties : 100% Merlot

Average age of plantation : 30 years

Wine making : traditional with temperature control

Blending : 100% Merlot

Maturing : for 14 months ; 100% of casks renewed each year

Available vintages : 2012

Vintages qualifications

2012

This tasty vintage is quite what was expected by its author : the first elegant scent, once aired, yields subtle notes of red and black berries with a spicy touch. The taste of fruit becomes ample in the mouth, round and mellow at first, tighter and silky afterwards, he final taste revealing again the fruit and spices.

Awards

2012

Gold medal at Le Concours des Grand Vins de France Macon 2014.

Silver medal at Concours International de Lyon 2015.

Gold medal Gilbert & Gaillard 2016

Silver medal at Concours Prix Plaisir 2016.

Tasting Comments

2012

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

 

Merlot 100%

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)

Awards

2014

Silver medal at Concours des Grand Vins de France Macon 2015

Gold medal at Concours International de Lyon 2016

Gold medal Gilbert & Gaillard 2016

Tasting Comments

2014

Derek Smedley, MW

Merlot 100%

Tasted in Lilley March 2016 (barrel sample)

93 points Drinking 2018-28

Concentration and depth on the nose the palate has a rich mix of black cherry, Damson plum and cassis. The mid palate is fleshy with dark chocolate richness but there is structure firm but ripe tannins. Bright and fresh at the back and quite firm yet there is sweetness coming through on the finish.

 

Gilbert & Gaillard

Red wine- Bordeaux Supérieur

87/100

Tasting : year 2016

Garnet evolved with purple reflections. A fine note in the nose of vanilla wood, of ripe red and black fruit and toasted bread with an aftertaste of cocoa. Ample in the mouth, well balanced with still young tannins. The aromas are present and persistant. A wine to be kept for 2 to 3 years.

 

Jean-Marc QUARIN ‘Chronicles’ October, 2016

Le bout du Monde 2014  Bordeaux Supérieur        15,5 // 88

I have now tasted this wine following bottling. For now, it equals the 2012. The owner sees it as superior.

Good colour, bright fruit on the nose, this wine offers a luscious and full palate, fruity, tasty and without firmness despite the presence of limestone in the soil. Fleshy tannins. The style is always balanced for a rich merlot. I have visited the property. Yes, there is ’terroir’ in this wine. Good length. Drink 2018 – 2030.

 

WINEDOCTOR…Chris Kissack

Le Bout du Monde (Bordeaux Supérieur) 2014:

This cuvée comes from younger vines, aged 25 years, 100% Merlot, with a production of 13,800 bottles. Vinified in small cement cuves, then 15 months in oak, using 60% new barrels. A rich and bright hue in the glass. It has a nose of sweet dark fruit, and despite using only 60% new oak the fruit is currently straitjacketed by a solid frame of sweet oak, coming through as toasted coconut and minty chocolate, and right now the fruit doesn’t shine through. The palate is exactly as the nose suggests, dark fruit framed by rich oak flavours, with a solid backbone of firm tannins which feel oak-influenced, swirled with intensely sweet fruit, dried blackcurrants, olives, black liquorice and currants. It is medium-bodied, with a long warming finish. There is some good raw material here, and lots of effort, but it needs to be tucked away in the cellar for five to ten years, like any grand vin, to absorb that oak and to soften those tannins. 15.5/20 • 91/100 (January 2018)

 

Alun GRIFFITHS, Master of Wine Note
Quite well-developed nose, black fruit with a rustic hint of charcoal and licorice. On the palate, a more muscular, robust style than the Montrevel, but lovely ripeness of fruit, and ripe, fine tannins with a touch of oak, but no astringency. Fine balance, and very much a food wine as it is very digestible, not at all heavy. Long finish. Punches well above its weight for a Bordeaux Superieur.

 

FIRST NOTES FROM NEAL MARTIN (VINOUS)

LBDM14 – 89 points

The 2014 Le Bout du Monde does not quite have the flamboyance of the 2015, but it offers a little more precision and focus, mainly black fruit laced with cedar and a slight pastille-like element. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, a crisp bead of acidity, lively and energertic. Against vintage reputation, this delivers more complexity and tension on the finish compared to the 2015. Excellent.

Awards

2015

Gold medal Gilbert & Gaillard 2017

Tasting Comments

2015

Derek Smedley, MW

Merlot 100%

Tasted Bordeaux Primeurs April 2016 (barrel sample)

89-92 points Drinking 2020-30

Sweet and ripe on the nose the palate has depth of flavour with a mix of ripe black fruits. The tannins support but are fine the back palate has chocolate and black plum richness the finish firmer and fresher.

 

Gilbert & Gaillard

Le Bout du Monde Vintage – 2015

Red wine – Bordeaux supérieur

Note : 84/100

Dégustation : année 2017
Deep garnet with dark purple glints. Lovely nose of stone fruits with a spice touch and appealing toasted oak. Smooth, svelte, ample palate showing a lovely sensation of harmony, robust underlying structure and pronounced herbal presence on the finish. Keep.

 

FIRST NOTES FROM NEAL MARTIN (VINOUS)

LBDM15 – 87 points

The 2015 Le Bout du Monde has a tempting bouquet with black fruit, hints of juniper berry and light pressed iris aromas, the oak nicely integrated but quite generous in style. The palate is sweet, perhaps just a little rustic in style but fresh with a gentle grip. It might lack complexity towards the finish and shows just a touch of heat, but you would still happily finish a bottle.

Tasting Comments

2016

Jean-Marc QUARIN Bordeaux Primeurs, 2017

Le Bout du Monde 2016  Bordeaux Supérieur        16.00 // 90

 

Derek Smedley, MW

Tasted Bordeaux Primeurs April 2017 (barrel sample)

88-90 points Drinking 2024-34

Depth of fruit on the nose black fruits dominate the palate has ripe plum richness the tannins firm but ripe. The mid palate is fresher lighter with a bilberry and bramble mix but it fills out at the back and finishes with fleshy ripe black plums.

 

WINEDOCTOR…Chris Kissack

<Le Bout de Monde 2016> A dark, opaque, glossy hue, with a crimson rim. Roasted cherry fruit on the nose, with twists of dark chocolate, praline and toast. A really fresh, creamed fruit substance on the palate, rich in grilled black cherry fruit, tobacco and oak spice, with a soft and supple bed of ripe tannins, grippy and firm, and a cottony structure running through the middle and finish. Underneath it all there is a fresh acid seam, giving it a little lift throughout. Some serious structure here. This will need a few years to come around.
15-16/20 • 90-92/100 (January 2018)

Tasting Comments

2017

Jean-Marc QUARIN Bordeaux Primeurs, 2018

Le Bout du Monde 2017  Bordeaux Supérieur        15.75 // 89

 

Daniel Sériot – “Journal d’un passionne de la rive droite”…
Bordeaux primeurs 2017.

Le Bout du Monde 2017

The hustle and bustle accentuates cherry and cassis scents, accompanied by spicy and floral notes. The palate is tapered, with tannins wrapped in velvety flesh and enhanced with fresh fruit. The finish is stretched by a clear freshness at the limit of vivacity, it is endowed with an expressive aromatic palette and a good persistence. Rated 88-90

 

Derek Smedley, MW

Tasted Bordeaux Primeurs April 2018 (barrel sample)

Le Bout du Monde 2017 86-88 2025-35
Bordeaux Supérieur Rouge

The nose is cassis dominated the start of the palate firm with black cherry and sloe. It opens up in the middle the fruit sweet and ripe a hint of liquorice behind the black fruits. Lighter and fresher at the back lots of brambles and bilberries the finish is sweeter with depth of flavour.

 

WINEDOCTOR…Chris Kissack

Le Bout du Monde 2017: “This presents a nose of ripe but also tense fruit, with black cherry and black plum, and a floral character too. It feels ripe, but tense and fresh rather simply big. The palate follows on with a wealth of dark and sinewy texture wrapped around black plum and black olive fruits, with a curranty concentration, as well as lots of moderately grained tannins and a fresh seam of acidity. There is a little violet and smoke perfume to this as well. It is supple, sappy and fresh, with lots of fruit acids in the finish. It is a notch behind the 2016, but it shows really good potential. 89-91/100”