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Château Berliquet

Nicolas Thienpont

Nicolas Thienpont

Dating back to 1768, this Grand Cru Classé property is one of the oldest estates in Saint-Emilion, and lies in an enviable position next to Canon and Angélus. Its nine hectares of vineyards spread out over the plateau in south and south-west-facing positions, covering a variety of soil types: one third of the vines are on the limestone plateau, half are on the clay-limestone slopes descending from it and the rest are on sandy clay lower down.

It has been in the hands of the same family since 1918, when it was bought by the grandfather of the current owner, Patrick de Lesquen. For many years the wine was made and sold by the Saint-Emilion co-operative, but in 1996 Patrick parted company with them, determined to realise his wine's true potential. Since 2009, when Nicolas Thienpont and Stéphane Derenoncourt took over the running of the vineyard and cellar, this goal has been achieved by picking individual plots at maximum ripeness and lowering yields. It is now a wine to watch and follow.

Château Berliquet tends to be a blend of 70% merlot, 25% cabernet franc and 5% cabernet sauvignon, and spends 16 months in oak, 60% of which is new. It can be enjoyed between seven and 20 years after the vintage.

Members' Comments (1)

"i have just finished a great roast beef lunch with family . a bottle of 2009 chateau berliquet was a wonderfull wine to accompany it . very happy to recommend . julian ."

Mr Julien C L Griffiths (19-Mar-2017)

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