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The Thienpont family purchased this 5.1 hectare estate in 1988. With just 1.6 hectares of white vineyards Nicolas Thienpont produces the best white Côtes de Francs and a light fruity red. As always there is the usual attention to detail and these are finely crafted wines.
A more mixed picture with some good wines being produced by the better,
more careful growers.
Another excellent vintage, which may prove better than the much-lauded
An outstanding year without extremes of weather, now being spoken of
as one of the very best. Approachable in their youth, yet with the density
and structure to last.
A tricky vintage initially dismissed by many, but the Right Bank in
particular has come on well. Some very good mid-term wines were made, overlooked
in the hype of 2009s on the horizon.
Another cool vintage, but some good, early drinking, fruity if light
styles. You had to choose very carefully but there is excellent drinking
here. Sauternes in contrast was almost 2001 standard.
Extremes of weather caused problems. The best properties made very good
wines, and they look good value against 2005. Dry whites were however outstanding.
A superb, possibly legendary vintage when everything came together.
Concentrated, evolving into a classic, the top wines should age for a very
A classic vintage with ripe tannin and fresh fruit. The wines will keep
well provided the grower had reduced his yields. Very good, dry whites and
mid-term, fresh Sauternes.
Big, powerful reds came out of the heatwave, where Saint-Estèphe, northern
Médoc and the Right Bank shine. Rich opulent sweet wines. Both are drinking
earlier than predicted.
Needing time to soften, these are attractive, well-structured wines
with a classic feel. Lesser names are perfect to drink now.
In the shadow of 2000, a mid-term drinker that is showing lovely balance
and charm, although you should keep the ‘cru’ clarets longer. Sauternes
is a wonderful, classic vintage, sheer class and made for keeping.
Consistent and excellent clarets, which are long-term wines. Lesser
names are showing very well now. Dry whites good too.
A good, typical vintage, which is drinking well across the board.
A ‘Merlot’ year with Right Bank and some Médoc properties based on Merlot
drinking well too.
A great vintage that produced rich, concentrated wines, starting to
show themselves now.
Big wines that are coming round well now.
Elegant and long, these clarets are lovely mature wines now.
A superb vintage, the best continuing to age remarkably well.
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