Le Carré, Saint Emilion Grand Cru

“It is packed and stacked."

LE CARRE, meaning The Square, became the newest of our ‘Single Vineyard Series’ wines in 2005. These wines are made in small quantities and are based on the côtes Cru Classé land that surrounds the town of Saint Emilion. The vineyard is situated next to CLOS FOURTET – separated by a tumble-down wall. We were lucky enough to purchase this vineyard from CHATEAU CANON, Premier Grand Cru Classé.

Factsheet Reviews Purchase

2015

ROGER VOSS, WINE ENTHUSIAST

93-95 PTS

“Big, bold and rich, the wine is full of ripe blackberry fruits and vibrant acidity. It is round, smooth and concentrated.”

JEFF LEVE, THE WINE CELLAR INSIDER

92 – 94 PTS

“With 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc, this wine shows a depth of color, sweet, ripe, fruit and sensuous textures along with length and precision.”

JAMES SUCKLING

92-93 PTS

“A minerally and fresh red with walnut, chalk and dark berry character. Full and silky. Build on the palate. Powerful.”

JAMES MOLESWORTH, WINE SPECTATOR

89-92 PTS

“A fleshy style, with a slightly extracted feel to the plum skin, raspberry confiture and blackberry reduction notes, followed by ganache-accented toast through the finish. Solid, but clearly style-driven.”—J.M.

JAMES LAWTHER MW, DECANTER

90 PTS

“From a parcel near Clos Fourtet. Spicy and fragrant with fine texture and tannins, mid-palate sweetness then length on the finish. Wine-Searcher stockist search Details Cru: GC Drinking Window: 2021-2028”

MATTHEW JUKES

17+/20 PTS

“Very refreshing with an intriguing stem and leaf note on the nose, this is perfumed, bright, evocative and pure wine with a slender mid-palate and a more voluble finish which ends dry and tart. It’s easy to think that this might be too stern from start to finish, but the fruit is so attractive that it will win through in the end.”

LE FIGARO

17/20 PTS

“Récolté près de Clos Fourtet, le vin est élégant, long, du charme, équilibré, demi-corps, de la complexité. 3-12 ans.”

CHRIS KISSACK, THE WINE DOCTOR

16.5-17.5/20 PTS

“This is always a fascinating contrast with Les Astéries, the 'other' plateau mid-range cuvée from Jonathan Maltus, featuring more clay and softer limestone. Having said that, in 2015 a third plateau wine joins this part of the portfolio, Le Pontet, which sits between the two. Concentrating on Le Carré for a moment, this is 85% Merlot, picked October 2nd, and 15% Cabernet Franc, picked October 13th. The alcohol is 14.8%, the acidity 3.08 g/l. It has an appealing smoky nose, quite reserved style, with berry stone fruit. There is great texture here, great purity too, with beautifully defined fruit, black cherry, toasted almond, cocoa bean, and coming underneath a fine and firm backbone of fine-grained tannins accompanied by some fresh acidity. A lovely gras to the substance here, a spicy energy too, with supple confidence. I like the long, spicy, tannin-infused finish. Top work from the Maltus team here.”

JEAN-MARC QUARIN

16,25/20 OR 91 PTS

“Couleur sombre, intense et belle. Nez aromatique, au fruité mûr. Touche de truffe. Bouche moelleuse à l'attaque, juteuse au développement, avec du goût en milieu de bouche. Elle évolue fondante sur une texture minutieuse, vers une bonne longueur à la tannicité douce.”

2014

Wine Enthusiast En Primeur - Roger Voss

92-94 POINTS

“This is a ripe and smoky wine that has firm, dry tannins. It has a rich structure that brings out ripe plum and berry fruits. The final feel is round and generous.” ”

The Wine Doctor En Primeur - Chris Kissack

15-16/20 POINTS

“This has some beautifully perfumed fruit on the nose, all wild damsons and plush blackcurrants, with a touch of smoky white pepper too. The palate is fresh, pure, quite substantial, with grippy tannins, quite a dry and savoury character, with a grippy, tannic finish. There is a fine, long tannic structure underneath this, with a deeply fruited Merlot-on-clay substance to it. An appealing wine.”

VINOUS En Primeur - Antonio Galloni

90-93 POINTS

“The 2014 Le Carré is powerful, intense and structured, with notable intensity throughout. Iron, savory herbs, dried rose petals and sweet red berries from a super-attractive fabric of aromas and flavors. A hint of white pepper adds lift on the finish. The 2014 is 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc.”

The Wine Advocate En Primeur - Neal Martin

89-91 POINTS

“The bouquet is attractive and handles the wood well: blackberry, violet and a touch of smoke coming through with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with smooth tannin, quite harmonious on the mouth with a slight citric note towards the finish that feels a little linear at the moment. This is a good Saint Emilion, though I have a preference for Maltus's Les Asteries this year.”

2013

Wine Enthusiast, Barrel Sample, Roger Voss

91-93 POINTS

“Ripe and full-bodied, this is a serious and dense wine. Dark chocolate partners with black plum fruits and dark tannins. It is full in the mouth, solid and foursquare.” — R.V. (4/1/2014

Wine Spectator, Barrel Sample

88-91 POINTS

“Juicy and frankly ripe, with a mix of plum, anise, raisin and blackberry notes mixed with a coating of nicely toasty vanilla. Rounded and a bit reliant on its toast today, but with some solid dark fruit lurking in reserve.” —J.M.

Wine Advocate, Neal Martin

89-91 POINTS

“The Le Carré is a blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet picked on 8 and 15 October respectively. The nose is well defined, the crispest of Jonathan Maltus' crus, the mineralité showing through nicely. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly chewy tannins on the entry. This has decent backbone, a marine influence emerging towards the finish, although it does not quite have the persistency of previous vintages. Tasted April 2014.”

James Suckling, in Barrel tasting

90-91 POINTS

“Juicy and delicious with a salty, blackberry and dark-chocolate character. Medium body.”

Matthew Jukes, En Primeur 2013

POINTS 16.5+ /20

“(85 Merlot, 15 Cabernet Franc) The whole message is a little shorter, flatter and a bit greener than Vieux Château Mazerat and this lack of apparent flair and calmer delivery means that I have marked it down a little, but there is a fine wine in there. The tannins are certainly more severe, but they are not unattractive. It will work itself out when it decided what its destiny is.”

The Wine Doctor, Chris Kissack

POINTS 15-16/20

Rather subdued fruit here, dark in character, laced with dark chocolate as well. The palate has an immediate polish and texture on the start, showing a rich and polished depth. The tannins are ripe, svelte, with ripe tannins in a frame all around it. There is really fine composition, with really grippy tannins. Very confident, serious composition here. Long, curranty fruit and tannin-infused finish. Very good.”

The Wine Cellar Insider, Jeff Leve

88-90 POINTS

“Smoky black cherries, coffee bean and licorice segue into an abundant helping of bright fruit and a saline, cherry finish. From a blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.4% alcohol and pH of 3.64.”

Richard Hemming, Jancis Robinson

POINTS 16.5/20

“A one-hectare single vineyard. 85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc. 300 cases per year. Sweet, fruity nose. Much softer and juicier than their Château Laforge. Quite firm on the palate, but nicely balanced. Furry finish. Drink 2017-2027.”

Antonio Galloni, Vinous

POINTS 88-91

“The 2013 Le Carré, from a parcel on thick clay over limestone on Saint Emilion's plateau, is rich, dark and enveloping to the core. Black cherries, plums, smoke and new leather all flesh out in the glass. Today, the Carré is a bit tight and unyielding. It will be interesting to see what time brings. The blend is 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc”

Robert Parker, Barrel sample

POINTS 88-90

“A blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc from limestone soils, the 2013 Le Carre possesses good body and texture for the vintage as well as attractive aromas of chalk dust, blueberries, raspberries and a hint of background oak. Good purity, an enticing texture, decent acidity, and sweet, well-integrated tannin suggest it will drink well when released, and over the following 7-8 years.”

2012

Robert Parker - In Bottle Review

91 POINTS

“Overlying deep limestone, this vineyard sits at the entrance to the medieval village of St.-Emilion. The 2012 (80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc) is rich and full-bodied, with intense minerality, good acidity, plenty of black cherry, raspberry and brambleberry fruit, and a briary Zinfandel-like character intermixed with the crushed rock and spice. This is an impressively endowed St.-Emilion. Drink it over the next 12-15 years. Robert Parker”

Robert Parker, barrel samples

POINTS 91-93

“The 2012 Le Carre was made from 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc (under 300 cases produced). It exhibits a dense purple color, soft tannins, a sweet, full-bodied mouthfeel, and lots of fruit, glycerin and intensity. This beauty should be drinkable upon release and last for 10-15 years. Jonathan Maltus has achieved tremendous success over recent years and in 2012, one of the keys for him was not only triage, but keeping yields to a very low 4 grape bunches per vine.”

VINOUS Antonio Galloni – In Bottle

93 POINTS

A powerful, full-throttle wine, 2012 Le Carré hits the palate with serious intensity. Black cherries, plums, smoke and licorice meld together in a dark, baritone Saint Emilion built on resonance and concentration. The 2012 can be drunk now or cellared for another decade. The super-ripe, voluptuous style is incredibly alluring.

Decanter

POINTS 16.5/20 (88/100)

“Fragrant-perfumed nose and palate. Touch more finesse this year. Palate ripe and creamy. Lighter bodied but fine tannic frame.” Drink: 2017 – 2025 Taster: James Lawther MW

Wine Enthusiast, Roger Voss

POINTS 91-93

“Barrel sample. A fine, dense, opulent wine with a great sense of structure. It's dark and solid with tannins that are dense, dusty and brooding. It's likely to age well. — R.V. (4/9/2013)”

Neal Martin, Wine Journal

POINTS 90-92

“The Le Carre is well defined on the nose with dark cherry and blueberry fruit. The palate is fresh and vibrant with crisp acidity, good depth and a svelte harmonious finish that demonstrates well integrated oak. This is a more feminine Le Carre. Tasted April 2013.”

Stephen Tanzer's

POINTS 89-91

“(80% merlot and 20% cabernet franc): Good medium ruby. Spicy raspberry and sweet hints of chocolate and minerals on the nose. Enters the mouth spicy and tight, then lovely acid cut energizes the crunchy red fruit flavors. Finishes with firm but ripe tannins and good length. A very good showing.”

James Suckling - In Bottle

91 POINTS

“A rich and deep wine with berry, chocolate and spice character. Medium body, fine tannins and a silky finish. Pretty texture. Best after 2016.”

2011

Wine Spectator

POINTS 88–91

A touch tight still, with a dusty frame to the pure cherry, plum and floral notes. Nice sleek feel on the finish; this should put on weight.”—J.M.

Wine Enthusiast

POINTS 90–92

“Powerful, ripe and dense with its tannins, spice and sweet fruit, this wine is juicy with blackberry notes and a dark, solid texture.” —R.V.

Jane Anson, South China Morning Post

POINTS 93

“350 cases. 85% merlot, 15% cab franc, what a lovely wine. Next to Clos Fourtet vines, bought from Chateau Canon. Again, well defined fruit with a great tunnel of acidity on the finish. Excellent.”

Decanter

FOUR STARS

“Generous volume of dark, savoury fruit. It has a certain complexity. Sweet and dense with a firmly structured finish. Drink 2018-2026. (16.5 points)”

Robert Parker - En Primeur

POINTS 92-94

“Another beauty from Jonathan Maltus, this opaque purple-colored blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc from vineyards near Clos Fourtet and the property formerly known as Cure Bon, possesses a thick purple color as well as a big, sweet bouquet of blackberries, charcoal, crushed chalk and new oak. Intense and full-bodied with elevated, but sweet, well-integrated tannins, this big wine should drink nicely for two decades or more.”

Tim Atkin MW

POINTS 93

“Made from a single vineyard that touches Clos Fourtet (not a bad neighbour to have), this shows all the hallmarks of Jonathan Maltus’ wines: perfume, suppleness andeffortless concentration. Deceptively forward, this fine, polished red has good underlying density surrounded by savoury, succulent tannins. 8+ years.”

Stephen Tanzer's Int. Wine Cellar

POINTS 91-93

“(85% merlot and 15% cabernet franc): Vivid, very deep ruby. Sexy aromas of sweet spices and red berries, with a nuance of milk chocolate. The flavorful palate features rich, fruity red berries and cinnamon accented by peppery spices. Since 2008, Maltus has lowered his fermentation temperature to 28°C and reduced the length of cuvaison to about 21 days for Le Carrè, which has turned out to be a good idea. This wine is made with grapes from a parcel next to Clos Fourtet on thick clay. An outstanding Le Carré.”

Wine Enthusiast in Bottle

92 POINTS

“The wine shows its wood aging at this stage, but also has swathes of ripe black fruits, sweet tannins and intense acidity. It’s the fruit that will drive this rounded wine, although the structure and dry tannins play a part in allowing it to age. Drink from 2017.” —R.V

Robert Parker, in Bottle Tasting

POINTS 91

This parcel, owned by Jonathan Maltus, was carved out of a premier grand cru classe, and the terroir consists of a thin layer of clay over compacted white limestone. The 2011 Le Carre (85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc) reveals good minerality interwoven with blueberry liqueur, white flower and chalk dust characteristics in its medium to full-bodied, pure, rich, concentrated personality. The tannins are supple, and like most successful 2011s, the wine is silky and forward. This impressively-endowed St.-Emilion should drink well for 10-12 years. Only 300 cases were produced.”

2010

Decanter

FOUR STARS

“The clay-limestone terroir really shows. Dense, dark and minerally on the nose. Firmly framed with tight, chalky tannins. Good length and balance. 2018-2030 ”

Robert Parker – En Primeur

POINTS 92-94 

“Much of La Carre’s tiny production (a total of 300 or so cases) comes from high class real estate near Chateau Canon and Clos Fourtet on the limestone plateau and hillsides of St.-Emilion. A blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc aged in 80% new oak, the 2010 exhibits a dense purple color, abundant black fruit characteristics, undeniable sucrosity, a big, juicy texture, beautiful purity and a long finish with the oak present, but subtle. It will probably reveal more tannin after bottling, and should age well for 15 or more years. Drink: 2011/26.”

Wine Spectator

POINTS 91-94

“Quite ripe, with an almost sweet feel to the blueberry, blackberry and boysenberry notes. This has a very creamy and flattering mouthfeel, but there's freshness as well, buried on the finish and adding length.” —J.M

Wine Spectator in Bottle March 2013

POINTS 93

“Dense and loamy, with lots of roasted cocoa bean, ganache and smoldering tobacco fronting for thickly layered plum, steeped fig and black currant preserves notes. Long and broad through the finish, with the loamy edge easily holding sway. There's loads of grip, but it's fully embedded, and this should age rather slowly. Best from 2015 through 2030” - JM

Neal Martin, in Bottle

POINTS 90

“Tasted at Château Teyssier, this is another of Jonathan Maltus's "babies". The Le Carré has a perfumed floral bouquet with cassis and blueberry jam. It is nicely defined, exuberant and hedonistic. The palate is medium-bodied, a little tinny on the entry. It needs a little flesh towards the finish although it should develop a little more "fatness" in bottle. Tasted November 2012. ”

Neal Martin, Wine Advocates

POINTS 89-91

“A blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, the Le Carre has fine purity and terroir expression on the nose: blackberry, briary, a touch of undergrowth. Good definition. The palate is medium-bodied, a little chewier than Les Asteries with a ripe, rounded blackberry and mineral finish. Very fine. Drink 2013.”

Jane Anson, South China Morning Post

POINTS 92-93

“The power starts coming in to the mid palate here, the intensity of the fruit is excellent but I have reservations over the finish. The clay terroir here gives plump richness to the merlot, and it feels the most 'modern' of the wines. Small 1 hectare plot, 350 cases. 85% merlot/15% cabernet franc, 14.65 alcohol, pH 3.70 (towards the high end within the context of 2010 but still low enough to allow a good whoosh of acidity). Drink 2016-2030. ”

Wine Enthusiast in bottle

93 Points

“This is a hugely rich wine with great black-plum fruit flavors. It's powerfully concentrated, densely tannic, solid and chunky. World's End LLC. R.V”

Wine Enthusiast

POINTS 91–93

“A powerful wine, very ripe and rounded. Finely concentrated, with dark plum skins and opulent tannins.” –R.V

Robert Parker en bouteille

POINTS 95

“Deep, chalky notes intermixed with black fruits, camphor, and an almost ethereal floral note make for a full-bodied wine that has slightly more austerity than Laforge or Teyssier (two other wines from the same team), but considerable style and nobility. In addition, it is substantial, powerful and capable of 20 years of longevity.

A blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, the 2010 Le Carre comes from a microscopic estate that produces just over 300 cases from their limestone hillsides near Clos Fourtet and Canon, two of the great names of St.-Emilion. Of course, this property is less well-known, but the quality of their 2010 is spectacular.”

Wine Cellar Insider

POINTS 89-92

“Le Carre 85% Merlot and Cabernet Franc 15% 14.65% alcohol deep color stony black cherry, toast, round textured, black cherry, oak with some dryness in the finish.”

2009

Robert Parker (in bottle)

POINTS 97

“Achieving nearly 15% natural alcohol (one of the highest of the Jonathan Maltus St. Emilion estates) , this blend of approximately 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc is from vineyards that sit on limestone soils near Clos Fourtet, an area that performed brilliantly in 2009. Inky purple, with notes of graphite, vanillin, blackberry and cassis as well as crushed rock and floral notes, the wine has breathtaking extravagance and a luxuriant fruit quality that simply has to be tasted to be believed. Phenomenally rich, full-bodied, and brilliantly poised and well-balanced, this is a tour de force in winemaking and a colossal Le Carre, the finest Jonathan Maltus has yet produced. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2028.”

Robert Parker – En Primeur

POINTS 93-95+

A tiny production (300 cases of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc) from a site near the limestone/clay soils of Clos Fourtet, this is a single vineyard offering from proprietor Jonathan Maltus. The 2009 offers a liqueur of minerality intermixed with blackberry and black currant fruit, sweet, subtle smoke, and a full-bodied, rich mouthfeel. The natural alcohol hit 14.4% in this blockbuster. It should drink well for 15-20 years.”

Neal Martin

89-91 Points

“The Merlot was picked on 30th September and the Cabernet Franc on 10th October, a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, the bouquet carries the 14.4% alcohol well, lush blackberry and cassis, a touch of vanilla and creme fraiche from the new oak (100% new French.) The palate is full-bodied, very polished as one would expect from Mon. Malthus, showing better balance and refinement than the Chateau Laforge, firm, slightly chalky tannins towards the finish, but good purity and minerality coming through. Fine. Tasted March 2010”

Stephen Tanzer

POINTS 91-94

“2009 Saint Emilion (80% merlot and 20% cabernet franc) Deep ruby. Aromas of ripe black cherry, mocha and licorice. Soft, supple and sweet on entry, with flavors of dark plum, cassis and sassafras nicely lifted by a flinty mineral note. Finishes quite long, with a hint of lead pencil. This is deeper and sweeter than the Les Asteries, also in the Jonathan Maltus portfolio, and much more satisfying than the comparatively strict '08 Le Carre. This wine is made from a parcel of vines that used to be a part of Laforge, located on thick clay over "normal" limestone (not the super-hard calcaire a asteries that gives Les Asteries its name).”

Weinwisser

POINTS 17/20

“Extremely dark purple with lilac and violet reflects. An unbelievable bouquet of Bounty coconut, light caramel together with an almost creamy note, sweet and inebriate but not very typical Bordeaux on the nose. Creamier palate, supple in the fat, voluptuous tannins, on the tongue still slightly rough, bundled, with Pina Colada touch running through the finale. The wine is very good, the barrel presence is generous. 2012-2025”

Decanter Magazine

4 STARS

“Subtle, spicy and nuanced on the nose. Rich, full, opulent palate. Dark fruit and chocolate notes. Smooth, well integrated tannins. A generous and seductive wine. Drink 2015-2025.”

Wine Spectator

POINTS 86-89

“Blackberry and sandalwood aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied, with fine tannins and a light finish.” —J.S.

South China Morning Post

POINTS 94

“Small 1 hectare plot, 350 cases. 80% Merlot/20% Cabernet Franc. Cold soaks up to nine days to get the colour and fruit without harsh tannins. The new installations at Maltus can get the temperature down from 30 degrees down to 4 in less than 10 minutes. Thick clay over soft limestone. Plump rich, feminine, ‘American’.”

Wine Enthusiast (in bottle)

POINTS 92

“Low yields give a very concentrated wine, with the darkest tannins and black fruits. It’s a powerhouse of ripeness, spiced with wood and layered with acidity. As it ages, it will show a rich roundness, the tannins integrating into the open texture. — RV.”

Wine Enthusiast – En Primeur

POINTS 90–92

“From a vineyard right on the edge of the city of Saint-Emilion, this is a rounded wine, packed with ripe and generous fruit, black cherries and velvet tannins. The finish is very juicy. - R.V.”

James Suckling (in bottle)

POINTS 93

“Blueberries and plums, with hints of sweet tobacco and orange peel follow through to a full body, with chewy tannins and a lightly toasted oak undertone and ripe fruit. Excellent wine from the same owners as Le Dome. Try after 2016.”

Derek Smedley, MW

POINTS 95

Drink 2016-35 - Merlot 85%, Cabernet Franc 15%

“There is a complex mix of flavours on the nose at first it seems very fresh with raspberry and strawberry to the fore but behind are richer sweeter black fruits damson and black cherries. The ripeness of the tannins gives a velvet smoothness on the palate with towards the back there is the excitement of liquorice, vanilla and herbal spices.”

2008

Robert Parker

POINTS 93-95

“From a homogenous terroir of clay soils over a bed of limestone, this blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc is a limited production cuvee of approximately 300 cases. Significant amounts of structure, tannin, and muscle are found in this wine as well as a liquid mineral characteristic intertwined with dense fruit (blackberries and cassis), forest floor, and incense. This full-bodied effort appears to represent a more structured, mineral-laced style than proprietor Jonathan Maltus- more fruit-driven Laforge and Teyssier cuvees. This wine will require 2-4 years of cellaring, and should last for 15-20 years.”

Decanter - Bordeaux 2008 Tasting Note

4 STARS

“Deep colour. Lovely fragrant fruit expression. Beautifully textured. Opulent fruit and fine, long tannins. Drink 2015-2025. (17 points)”

Derek Smedley MW

POINTS 88-91

This fairly recent addition to the Maltus portfolio has charming raspberry and strawberry fragrances backed by sweeter black fruits. The mix of bramble and cassis is there on the palate giving depth and despite the fullness there is a charming elegance.”

Jane Anson

“Single vineyard wine produced since 2005, bought from Chateau Canon, next to Clos Fourtet. Fine clay over soft limestone. 85% merlot, 15% cabernet franc. Really enjoyable wine, meatier than the others so far, but voluptuous and enticing, with a very nice butterscotch taste.”

Neal Martin

POINTS 89-91

“A blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc from clayey soils next to Clos Fourtet, this has a very pure nose, black cherries, iodine and a hint of black olive compote and with time a little kirsch. The palate is very smooth on the entry with saturated tannins, black cherries once again, good acidity, nice tension with a touch of spice towards the finish. Very linear at the moment but it should fan out more after bottling. Tasted April 2009.”

Wine Enthusiast

POINTS 91-93

“A big, friendly, ripe wine, opulent and generous. There is a lovely sweetness here, with a full bodied structure. Big and bold.” -R.V.

Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast

POINTS 92

“Big and chunky, packed with opulent fruit, primarily ripe black plums and raisins. It is defiantly rich, shot through with acidity and dry tannins for aging.”

Robert Parker in bottle

POINTS 89+

“Although slightly austere and closed the day I tasted it, the 2008 Le Carre reveals a dense ruby/purple color along with notes of toasty oak, licorice, black currants and crushed rocks as well as impressive richness. It requires 2-3 years of cellaring and should last 15 or more.” Drink: 2011 – 2023.”

2007

Robert Parker on eRP, Who's Next, May 2008

“POINTS 91-93”

Decanter, April 2007

4 STARS

“Massive, dense colour, terrific extraction of beautifully fragrant fruit, pure with a perfect vineyard expression, delicacy and power in equal measures, a great success in this vintage. Drink 2011-20. (18/20 points)”

Neil Martin on eRP, April 2008

89-91 POINTS

“From Jonathan Maltus’s stable of tiny Saint Emilion parcels, this one snuggling up to Clos-Fourtet that formerly formed part of Château Canon. A deep inky black/purple hue. The nose is well-defined, again with signature notes of plum jam, bilberry and a touch of vanilla. The oak seems well-integrated thus far. The palate is full-bodied, good structure nice tension but very coiled at the moment, perhaps lacking a little joie-de-vivre at the moment but a nice prickle on the tongue after the wine bids adieu. Very fine and silky smooth for the vintage. Tasted April 2008.”

Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast, April 2007

POINTS 89–91

“Le Carré, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Structured, dense, seemingly extracted, but redeemed by its firm tannins, and structured aftertaste.” —R.V.

Stephen Tanzer's, May 2008

POINTS 87-89

“(From a single parcel of land on clay and chalk soil, purchased from Chateau Canon; 85% merlot) Deep ruby-red. Very primary aromas of blackberry, mint and flowers. Sweet, plump and fine-grained, with juicy, nicely delineated flavors of berries and violet pastille. Firmly structured wine, finishing with building tannins and lingering sweetness. Incidentally, two of Jonathan Maltus's other St. Emilion wines, Les Asteries and Le Dome, are also single-vineyard cuvees from parcels rich in limestone; his other wines, Teyssier, Grand Destieux and Laforge, are essentially blends from vineyards at lower altitude.”

VinVino Life rates Bordeaux 2007, March 2007

“POINTS 90”

2006

Robert Parker WA#170 '2006 Bordeaux - The Top 152 Wines of the Vintage', May 2007

POINTS 90-92

“From a single vineyard situated near Clos Fourtet, this tiny (300 cases) estate’s 2006 offers up aromas of new oak interwoven with black currant and cherry fruit as well as hints of graphite and spice. Medium-bodied, elegant, and pure, it will be ready to drink in 2-3 years, and should last for a decade or more.”

Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

POINTS 93

“The 2006 Le Carre, rated 93, which was not reviewed in issue #181, is brilliant. Beautiful black fruit, crushed rock, and new oak aromas, a dense purple color, a full-bodied mouthfeel, and outstanding density as well as richness result in a successful wine that should evolve for 12-15+ years.”

Decanter, April 2007

4 STARS

“Huge colour, massive extraction balanced by really fine leafy (Cabernet Franc) fruit, powerful wine yet elegant, impressive. 2011-18.”

Jancis Robinson, April 2007

POINTS 15.5

“Blackish crimson. Full and sumptuous on the nose and front palate. Very heady and winning aromatically.”

Neal Martin's Wine Journal, ERobert Parker

POINTS 90-92

“A very ripe, opulent nose with scents of kirsch, blueberry jam and blackberry. The palate is full-bodied with vibrant acidity, quite sinewy with very fine definition. Succulent, rounded black fruits with a toasty, long finish. Backward, a little surly perhaps, this should blossom when bottled.”

VinVinoLife - July 2007

POINTS 91-92

Wine Enthusiast, April 2007

POINTS 89–91

“A single vineyard wine, from a small parcel right by the city of St-Emilion. This has blackberries, layers of bitter chocolate and dried currants. The fruit aftertaste is sweet.”—R.V.

2005

Gil Lempert-Schwatz, WineVegas

“Softer than Laforge, 80 Year old vines, hard clay/limestone, very supple finish.”

Neal Martin, Wine Journal

POINTS 19

“A very dense broody nose with dense black cherry and blueberry. Good definition. The palate is dense: high extraction though not over-powering. Good fresh finish with a firm grip. Very fine.”

Neville Blech – Bacchus & Comus

POINTS 94

“Le Carré St. Emilion Grand Cru 2005. (85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc). Another single vineyard that abuts Clos Fourtet but from a different angle. The vines were purchased from Ch. Canon and get two runs of green harvesting down to 4 bunches at mid-veraison. Yield is down to 28hl/ha. This is still very, very tight and not showing a great deal of complexity at the moment. But the fruit underneath the tannins is sweet and ripe, the winemaking displays good finesse with a lightness of touch and a long finish, which bodes well for a very elegant wine in due course.”

Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

POINTS 91-93

“The debut offering of this garagiste wine from a vineyard next to Clos Fourtet, Le Carre’s 2005 is packed and stacked. It boasts a dense purple color in addition to abundant quantities of black fruits, crushed rocks, and flowers nicely wrapped in toasty oak, good acidity, and ripe tannin. This is a noteworthy new addition to the ever expanding portfolio of Chateau Teyssier’s Jonathan Maltus.”

Steven Tanzer, International Wine Cellar

POINTS 90-92

“Bright ruby. Very fresh aromas of crunchy dark berries and minerals. Offers an almost confectionery sweetness to its berry flavors, but firm acids and pronounced minerality give this wine superb definition and grip. The dusty tannins hit the palate late, giving the berry and chocolate flavors a chance to expand. This has an exhilarating sugar/acid balance.”

VinVino, Gregor Drescher

POINTS 93

VinVinoLife - July 2007

POINTS 93

Wine Enthusiast Magazine

POINTS 93

“Le Carré is a 3.5-acre vineyard close to the town of Saint-Emilion, producing a highly perfumed wine showing exciting Cabernet Franc character. The texture is dark and dense, although the sweetness of the fruit is very evident. Fleshy and ripe.” — R.V.

Stephen Tanzer's, May 2008

POINTS 90

“($146) Good deep ruby. Aromas of blackberry syrup, tar and minerals, with a faint roasted quality. Plush, sweet and rich, with very ripe plum and cedar flavors framed by supple, building tannins and just enough minerally acidity. The wine's substantial cedary oak component is nicely integrated with the fruit.”

VINEYARD

LE CARRE is a generous wine, as Robert Parker said – “packed and stacked”! The soil/terroir is a thicker layer of clay than LES ASTERIES with limestone that errs on the side of almost being town building stone. Two runs of green harvesting ensure that the cropping level stays down at below 30 hl/ha – four bunches to the vine. 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc is the make up of the vineyard.

TECHNICAL

LE CARRE employs similar methods to our other top wines with the addition of barrel-fermentation for the Cabernet Franc (the amount being too small for vats). On arrival at the winery the grapes are sorted – firstly by bunch and then, after destemming, grape by grape. Only conveyors are used to transport the grapes and the wine is fermented in wooden vats after extreme cold maceration. The wines undergo malolactic fermentation in new French oak, and are barrel-aged in an air-conditioned cellar at 18 °C.

ANYTHING UNUSUAL?

LE CARRE exemplifies the fantastic provenance of differing soils/terroirs that Saint Emilion manifests. Only 100 meters separates LES ASTERIES and LE CARRE and yet the wines are poles apart in style. LE CARRE is probably our chunkiest, most modern-style wine.

WHAT THEY SAY

97 POINTS, ROBERT PARKER, THE WINE ADVOCATE

"Achieving nearly 15% natural alcohol (one of the highest of the Jonathan Maltus St. Emilion estates) , this blend of approximately 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc is from vineyards that sit on limestone soils near Clos Fourtet, an area that performed brilliantly in 2009. Inky purple, with notes of graphite, vanilla, blackberry and cassis as well as crushed rock and floral notes, the wine has breathtaking extravagance and a luxuriant fruit quality that simply has to be tasted to be believed. Phenomenally rich, full-bodied, brilliantly poised and well-balanced, this is a tour de force in winemaking and a colossal Le Carre, the finest Jonathan Maltus has yet produced. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2028."