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This is very direct and structured with polished tannins and lovely length. Medium-to full-bodied, long and beautiful. Solid structure for a 100% merlot this year. (Tasted: April 2017)
91–93. Barrel Sample. Unusual for the appellation, this wine is 100% Merlot. Soft and full in the mouth while retaining elegance, it has some tannins but they are nicely integrated with the juicy black fruits. – ROGER VOSS
The 2016 Le Thil, 100% Merlot, is absolutely delicious. Licorice, spice, new leather and silky, sweet tannins give the wine its voluptuous, soft curves and remarkable immediacy. There is lovely depth and richness to the succulent, boldly sketched dark fruit. This is another terrific, modestly priced wine from Daniel and Florence Cathiard. (Tasted: June 2017)
The 2016 Chateau le Thil (Comte Clary), one of the properties owned by Daniel and Florence Cathiard of Smith Haut Lafittte, is 100% Merlot. The nose is clean and pure, not powerful, with scents of boysenberry jam and crushed strawberry. The palate is medium-bodied with an attractive minerally opening, a little masculine and aloof, but nicely balanced and it builds in the mouth towards quite an elegant mulberry and black plum finish.
“Licorice, espresso and black cherry gives the smoky, medium/full bodied, supple textured wine complexity and lots of easy to like fruit in the finish.”
Located just across the street from Smith Haut Lafitte (the same team makes it), the 2016 Château Le Thil comes from more clay and limestone soils and is all Merlot. This medium to full-bodied effort offers a fresh, seamless, elegant character as well as beautiful fruit, notes of leafy herbs and earth, light tannins, and a balanced mouthfeel. It’s an outstanding Graves to drink over the coming 10-15 years. Drinking range: 2019 – 2034 (Tasted: February 2019)
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