I am in love with old-looking wines and old dirty labels! There’s something about them that make me feel better. It feels like visiting an old library and smelling the old books… yes, I know, but I cannot stop it ;) I have the same with wines – I can observe the old label for hours. Then, while tasting, I appreciate the wine even more!
First look at the glass with Chateau Lavillotte 1995 and there is a beauty! an old, red-brick coloured wine with lots of sediments on the bottom of the glass. The aroma is absolutely stunning – very complex and balanced with a hint of damson (that also gives a impression of sweetness in the nose!), vanilla, licorice, caramel and some spices.
On the palate Chateau Lavillotte 1995 is full of damson flavours with a very good balance, lots of ripe and velvety tannins and a long and spicy, but quite subtle as for Saint-Estehpe wines, finish. Lavillotte is a full bodied wine and can be cellared for another few years but it is sophisticated and sensous now.
You can definitely feel the age of wine but it doesn’t taste like a 20 years old one! Worthwhile trying!
Chateau Lavillotte Saint Estephe 1995 – wine details:
Wine – Chateau Lavillotte
Country – France
Region – Bordeaux
Appellation – Saint-Estephe AOC
Vintage – 1995
Grape varieties – Cabernet Sauvignon
Producer – Chateau Lavillotte
Winemaker – Jacques Pedro
Style and type – still, red, dry
Alcohol – 12,5%
Barrel ageing – yes
Serving temperature – 18°C
Cellaring – yes
Price range – 17-20 Euro
Tasting date: January 2015