CLOS MANOU AOC MÉDOC 2012
WA n° 206(Feb 2013) Rating: 89-91
A terrific effort in 2012 from a northern Medoc vineyard near St.-Christoly, this blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 14% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc possesses sweet, soft, sexy tannins, a surprisingly opulent mouthfeel, impressive purity and a medium-bodied, long finish. Clos Manou continues to over-perform for its humble pedigree. The 2012 should drink well for 6-10 years.
CLOS MANOU AOC MÉDOC 2010
WA n° 205 (Feb 2013) Rating: (90) Drink 2013-2025 Cost: 20-31 $
Floral notes intermixed with blueberry and black raspberry, along with hints of incense and subtle oak, are followed by a medium to full-bodied wine with terrific purity, concentration and length. This is another sleeper of the vintage in this top vintage. Drink it over the next 10-12 + years. I loved this wine in 2010. It is a powerful example of the vintage, coming in at 14.5% natural alcohol. It is a rather distinctive blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and the rest equal parts Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. About 2,500 cases were produced of this full-bodied, powerful wine, which tastes like a classified growth.
CLOS MANOU AOC MÉDOC 2009
WA n° 199 (Feb 2012) Rating: (91) Drink 2012-2022 Cost: 25-60 $
A gorgeous sleeper of the vintage, this blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot comes from the northern most part of Medoc. The wine exhibits an opaque purple color and a beautiful nose of white chocolate intermixed with black currant jam and hints of sweet cherries and incense. Impressively textured, full-bodies, with loads of glycerin and a touch of toasty oak, this beauty should drink nicely for up to a decade or more.
CLOS MANOU AOC MÉDOC 2008
WA n° 182 (Apr 2009) Rating: (87-88) Drink 2009-2015 Cost: 22-23 $
Clos Manou, a well-run estate in the northern Médoc, has fashioned a blend of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot that achieved 13.5% natural alcohol, which may be a record for a wine from this area. Sweet black cherry and cassis fruit, loamy soil, and underbrush notes are followed by a ripe, round, seductive 2008 with soft tannins. It should be consumed over the next 5-6 years.
CLOS MANOU AOC MÉDOC 2007
WA n° 188 (Apr 2010) Rating: (90) Drink 2010-2018 Cost: 19-25 $
This big time sleeper of the vintage is a blend of 50% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Petit Verdot, and the rest Cabernet Franc. An outstanding effort, it boasts a dense ruby/purple color along with a classic bouquet of charcoal, acacia flowers, blueberries, black currants, and a touch of licorice. Complex, medium to full-bodied, supple, and fleshy with abundant fruit as well as silky tannins, it finishes with considerable texture. This vineyard achieved 13.45% natural alcohol. Drink it over the next 7-8 years.
CLOS MANOU AOC MÉDOC 2006
WA n° 181 (Feb 2009) Rating: 90 Drink 2009-2019 Cost: 21-40 $
Situated in the northern end of the Médoc, near the village of St.-Christoly, this 7.5-acre vineyard has produced a gorgeous blend of 47% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc, and a substantial 16% Petit Verdot. Its deep ruby/purple hue is accompanied by sumptuous notes of blackberries, blueberries, incense, and graphite. Sweet fruit, an outstanding texture, medium to full body, and silky tannin suggest this sleeper of the vintage will drink well for a decade. Bravo!
CLOS MANOU AOC MÉDOC 2005
WA n° 176 (Apr 2008) Rating: 90 Drink 2009- 2018 Cost: 28-70 $
The outstanding 2005 Clos Manou demonstrates just how deep and strong this vintage can be for overachievers from less prestigious terroirs. This blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest mostly Merlot and a small amount of Petit Verdot exhibits a dense ruby/purple color followed by a classic Médoc nose of cedarwood, black currants, fruitcake, tobacco, and menthol. Medium to full-bodied and ripe with good tannin, structure, purity, and depth, unlike many of these lower level offerings, it will benefit from 1-2 years of cellaring, and should drink well for a decade or more.
CLOS MANOU AOC MÉDOC 2004
WA n° 171 (Jun 2007) Rating: 89 Drink 2007-2022 Cost: 20-22 $
Another of the Médoc’s finest cru bourgeois estates, Clos Manou is situated near the village of St.-Christoly. A blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, and 20% Petit Verdot (a whoppingly high percentage of this varietal), the solidly made, dark ruby/purple-tinged 2004 possesses black currant, cherry, menthol, and camphor characteristics. Medium-bodied, moderately tannic, brilliantly pure, and well-delineated, this classic claret should drink nicely for 10-15 years.
CLOS MANOU AOC MÉDOC 2003
WA n° 164 (Apr 2006) Rating: 93 Drink 2006-2021 Cost: 35 $
A limited production (500+ cases), impeccably made effort, Clos Manou emerges from the northern Médoc, not far from the village of Saint-Christoly. The blend tends to be around 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot. The drop-dead gorgeous 2003 is better than many of the vintage’s “big” names. An opaque ruby/purple hue is accompanied by scents of blackberries, blueberries, espresso roast, minerals, and white flowers. This stunning wine may be even better than my tasting notes suggest. Remarkably, it possesses 13.6% alcohol, which is unusually high for a Médoc, even in 2003. Enjoy this prodigious effort over the next 10-15 years.