Jean-Marc QUARIN

Le Guide indépendant de l’amateur de vins de Bordeaux

CLOS MANOU MEDOC 2012 16,25 - 16,5 // 91 - 92
A real outsider! They have not eased up this year, quite the contrary in fact! Bravo, bravo, bravo! Deep colour with good intensity. Fruity, floral, suave and refined nose. With the softness characteristic of this vintage. The palate has a soft and velvety attack, developing body and density with aromas and a silkiness that are outstanding for this vintage. A long and delicious finish that melts in the mouth. Remarkable work. Blend: 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 12% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc Degree: 13.8°. IPT: 85.

PETIT MANOU AOC MEDOC 2012 14,75 // 86
Deep, wonderfully intense purple colour. Discreet, ripe fruity nose. Very fruity and pleasant palate with medium body and length.

CLOS MANOU AOC MEDOC 2011 16,75 Favorite
For the first time, a Clos Manou made with 75% Cabernet Sauvignon! An absolute delight! For anyone not familiar with the No. 1 outsider in Bordeaux, please read my article of 18/02/2012 when this wine shone when compared with the classified crus. This wine's score situates it on a par with the 2009, albeit with a style that is fresher, sleeker, more Cabernet Sauvignon and more subtle.

Lovely deep, intense purple colour. Fruity, ripe nose with vanilla notes and very precise aromas. Caresses the palate immediately before developing a refined texture, the most refined ever in this cru (credited to the high proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon). The wine is juicy, dense, soft and incisive, evolving to a full-bodied middle palate and a long, complex and noble finish, with fine tannins. It's no longer a simple Médoc, but a blend of Pauillac and Saint Julien. An immense pleasure and a great success. Blend: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot (90% run-off wine, 10% press wine)

A deeply coloured wine with a delicate nose, fruity and pure . The palate is constructed differently due to the vintage , but also due to the deliberate choices of Stéphane Dief (less free run wine, lower yield of 45 hl/ha compared to the 53 authorised, vinification at lower temperatures, more nuanced extraction). Smooth on the first palate, dense, structured more for length than depth, it is its finish that differenciates it most from previous vintages, displaying some of the finest tannins this wine has ever delivered. Excellent length in an elegant Pauillac style. Yet another success with a delicious character, also less demonstrative. The more fortunate will order it in magnum, which will show it off to its best advantage. (The magnum enhances the wine). Blend: 40 % Merlot, 40 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.

The best score I've ever given to this en-primeur cru. A magnificent wine that I rate above the 2005. Wonderful deep colour. Good depth on the nose too, very fruity, ripe and subtle. Superb first palate, dense and soft, developing aromatic depth, richness and flavour, strength and a complex and noble tactile presence. Great length. No-one would imagine this wine was produced in Saint Christoly du Médoc. Yet it is considered the No. 1 outsider on the left bank. Composition: 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Production: 20,000 bottles, representing one-third of the fine wine from the 9.5 hectares that make up the estate. Degree: 14.25° - Total acidity: 3.50 - pH: 3.59 - IPT: 90. From the analysis, no-one could believe this wine would be impossible to spit out. May I remind you that this cru is de-stemmed by hand and entirely vinified in new barrels. Serious craftsmanship and a reasonable price. A must buy wine this year. 2009 is the greatest vintage from this property.

The best score I've ever given to this en-primeur cru. The best value for money of any of the 2008 wines: 16 euros including tax for private buyers. Since last year, I've been to the property three times and on one occasion was given a tour of the vineyard by Mr. Dief. All the work is done manually and the entire harvest is de-stemmed by hand and vinified in very small receptacles. In 2008, nature was kind to this area of the Médoc, allowing a yield of 55 hl/ha. To put this figure into perspective we must remember that for vineyards planted 10,000 vines/hectare it only comes to 1.2 kilos per vine. Typically, the Merlots were run off a lot, 30% this year, and the Cabernets a little less. There won't be any Cabernet Franc at Clos Manou. Not as good as 2007 according to Mr. Dief. Blend: 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, and 4% Petit Verdot. Clos Manou represents 28% of the fruit harvested. Degree: 13.2° - pH: 3.6 – Total acidity: 3.3 – IPT: 92 Deep, intense dark purple colour. Ripe fruity nose. Velvety first palate developing aromatic complexity and richness with body and energy. Very tasty, it delivers blackcurrant then smoky notes ending on a soft, lingering finish with an excellent tannic structure. The presentation is particularly harmonious. One of the year's great successes. On my website you can listen to the interview with Mr. Dief at the start of the harvest when he was particularly anxious. It was taken at the point when he thought that he wouldn’t be able to make a first wine. The following two weeks changed the history of this vintage that I rank on a par with the 2005. A must buy wine this year.

This vintage is a further success for this wine. A lovely deep, lively red colour. Fruity and aromatic nose. Dense, soft palate the flavour of ripe fruit. Agreeably full middle palate. Coated tannic structure on the finish with typical length. It's excellent. Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Dief for their dedication. Clos Manou, now the No. 1 outsider in the Médoc.

A must buy. A real pleasure to taste a wine such as this! Stéphane Dief and his wife have succeeded once again with this complex vintage. At this rhythm, I think CLOS MANOU is on course to becoming the ANGELUS of the non-classified Médoc crus. I had the opportunity to compare it to them in this vintage and it is every bit as good If the fruit is at full maturity, this is obvious from the moment you see its deep colour. The nose is fresh, very fruity and ripe. The palate is instantly fascinating thanks to its superbly soft attack and velvety touch. A wine of superb architecture, combining density, balance and texture, plus an incredible energy that makes swallowing irresistible. Superb work. Bravo. Tasted with a communal appellation cru bourgeois, it proved itself to be superior; I particularly appreciated the fine tannic structure it delivers this year. A sign of indisputable dedication.

Favourite. Tasting of bottled wine. This is the finest bottle of Clos Manou I've ever tasted. In this vintage, this young cru has achieved a level of excellence and nobility never before attained. Very attractive deep colour. Intense, fine and fruity nose. Rich, full-bodied, juicy and delicious palate. Opulent, with a long, smooth finish and fine structure. Bravo! Drink from 2010 but before 2025.

I have just tasted this wine again twice, in November and December 2007. I've increased its score from 15.75 to 16.5. Both times I was enchanted by its delicately fruity, mature and complex nose. The full flavour and volume on the middle palate is a delight. Very juicy, very tender, wonderfully balanced, this wine develops a very long, aromatic and succulent finish. Impossible to spit out. Bravo. On a direct course to becoming a classified cru. Enjoy it before 2015-2020.

I've tasted it twice this year at this standard. At each tasting, the nose was surprisingly fresh. The heatwave hasn't resulted in any praline notes. The marvellous aromatic profile is due to the clay subsoil. The palate is full with a distinguished tannic structure and a subtle finish. Enjoy it now and before 2020.
This wine contains 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, has an alcohol content of 14 degrees and an IPT of 100!