The 2021 Château Berliquet is another red-fruited, vibrant, floral effort in the vintage that offers medium-bodied richness and depth, as well as beautiful balance. A blend of 61% Merlot and 39% Cabernet Franc that saw malolactic fermentation in barrel and is still resting in 44% new oak, it has bright acidity, silky tannins, and just an incredible sense of purity and elegance. Managed today by the team of Nicolas Audebert, the quality here is on an upward trajectory, and this is an estate readers need to have on their radar. Thomas Duclos also consults here. Tasted three times.
Jeb Dunnuck (June 2022)Score: 91-93/129
Rather firm and muscular tannins frame the wine. Medium-to full-bodied with a column of fruit and density. Shows potential. Earth and spice at the end.
James Suckling (May 2022)Score: 93-94/100
The 2021 Berliquet is the best wine the new team led by Technical Director Nicolas Audebert has made since taking over the property a few years ago. The purity of the fruit is striking. Red cherry, plum, lavender, rose petal and spice lend nuance throughout. Despite the obviously challenging growing season, the Berliquet team turned out a very pretty wine. Impressive. Tasted three times.
Antonio Galloni, Vinous (May 2022)Score: 91-93/100Drink 2029-2036
The 2021 Berliquet was picked September 23 to October 5 at 30hL/ha, and matured in 44% new oak for a planned 16 months. Limpid purple in color. The nose is surprisingly concentrated given the growing season, offering crème de cassis and violet petal aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with quite firm tannins that frame the black cherry and boysenberry fruit. Not a complex Berliquet, yet it possesses admirable substance and ripeness on the finish. One to watch.
Neal Martin, Vinous (May 2022)Score: 91-93/100Drink 2029-2050
Earthy plums, cherries, flowers, and a touch of menthol form the nose. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied, soft, bright, silky and fresh, with sweet, ripe, red fruits in the, refined finish. The wine blends 61 % Merlot with 39 % Cabernet Franc 13.5% ABV. The harvest took place September 23 - October 5.
Jeff Leve, The Wine Cellar Insider (May 2022)Score: 91-93/100Drink 2023-2038
The 2021 Berliquet is made from 61% Merlot, and 39% Cabernet Franc, with yields of 30 hl/ha, and aging for 16 months in 44% new oak and 4 amphoras. Deep garnet-purple colored, it reveals scents of blackberry preserves, raspberry coulis, and kirsch with touches of sassafras, spice cake, and wood smoke. Medium-bodied, the palate has lovely freshness and a good intensity of crunchy berry flavors with soft tannins and a savory finish. pH 3.41.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, The Wine Independent (May 2022)Score: 89-91/100Drink 2026-2038
An attractive bright purple colour with violet rim, and warming fruit aromatics, touches of cloves. This is impressive, with a lovely sense of lift and freshness, and beautifully placed raspberry, blackberry and redcurrant fruits. A little bulkier than its sibling estate Canon, slightly more angular tannins in this vintage, but still with the juicy fingerprint of limestone. First year of organic conversion, with certification expected 2024. 44% new oak, plus four amphora. 30hl/h yield, 3.41ph. Clay-limestone plateau, next to Canon but with slightly cooler, more powerful soils. Tasted twice.
Jane Anson, Inside Bordeaux (April 2022)Score: 93/100Drink 2026-2040
Lovely aromatics on the nose of ripe blackcurrant and black cherry with some creamy elements. Concentrated and driving on the palate with lively acidity and a well balanced density for the vintage in the grippy but chewy tannins, fresh blackcurrant and bramble fruits and such precision of elements. Everything feels well worked, refined and well presented with freshness and sense of energy all the way through. It's not the most layered at this point, quite linear with tension but excellently executed. A very classy wine and one to seek out! An excellent success this year from winemaker Nicolas Audebert and his team. 3.41pH.
Georgie Hindle, Decanter (April 2022)Score: 93/100Drink 2025-2040
The 2021 Berliquet shows considerable promise, exhibiting aromas of cherries, wild berries, raw cocoa and rose petals, followed by a medium to full-bodied, lively and charming palate that's framed by powdery tannins and tangy acids. Concluding with a long and saline finish, this estate continues to go from strength to strength under the administration of Nicolas Audibert and his team.
William Kelley, Wine Advocate (April 2022)Score: 92-93/100
This is a fantastic wine and a pleasant surprise, arguably the best vintage from the estate since Chanel took over the property. Everything in the wine is perfectly attuned, producing a wine of real elegance and beauty. There’s a lovely, scented perfume, while the palate is juicy and remains wonderfully fresh. The perfumed notes last right through to the finish and only then do the tannins start to become firm, on what is otherwise a very smooth wine on the palate. The high proportion (40%) of Cabernet Franc in the blend has worked wonders here. A top-value buy. 61% Merlot, 39% Cabernet Franc
FINE+RARE (April 2022)