Chateau Liversan Haut Medoc 2011

Fragrant and colourful Bordeaux from Chateau Liversan, though perhaps not their finest vintage.

Wonderfully perfumed wine on the nose, already showing off those fragrant notes of older and more complex Bordeaux wines. Some plummy fruits, quite lively but there is a strong scent of oak that feels more woodchip than those vanilla, integrated-hints.

Perhaps still too young, the wine’s very coarse at first. Tannins feel the mouth and it can be a bit too leathery, but once this subsides those delicious plummy Merlot notes come through, a bit of chocolatey Cabernet and a red fruit tartness.

Very interesting wine that you can drink now with food, but ideally you will cellar the Chateau Liversan 2011 for 2-3 more years and drink 2017-2020. Hopefully you won’t lose much of the fruit, but it would drink better without such strong initial tannin.

Jancis Robinson’s site suggests the 2012 vintage is an improvement, so I will try a bottle in the near future…

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Serve with…

…medium-rare steak. Juicy and perfectly fitting with the oak and fruit in Chateau Liversan’s 2011.

BFW Rating


Overall

Perfumed nose, full-bodied and very characterful. A little coarse, but will cellar and mature, revealing the plummy fruit underneath.

Body:
Full Bodied


Variety:
Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc


Region:
Bordeaux, France


Alcohol:
13.0%

Vintage:
2011


Price:
££-£££


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