Chateau Marquis d'Alesme 2016

Chateau Marquis d'Alesme 2016

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The estate was established by the Marquis d'Alesme in 1585. It was not until 1616 that vines were planted on the estate. In 1809, Jan Bekker Teerlink purchased the property. His name was attached to the property although it was spelled incorrectly. In the early 20th century, Comte Jean-Jules Théophile Chaix-d'Est-Ange purchased the property with the idea of combining properties. The original Chateau was turned into offices for Chateau Lascombes. The Chateau from Desmiral was now used as the Chateau for this estate. The Comte died before his plans were completely finalized. Hubert Perrodo purchased the estate in 2006. Hubert also had the idea to combine properties, but he died in a skiing accident in late 2006. His daughter Nathalie currently runs the estate.  She recently changed the name of the estate by dropping the "Becker" reference.   It is now just  called Chateau Marquis d'Alesme.

The vineyard area consists of 16 hectares of vines, currently planted with 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 10% Petit Verdot,
Wine Spectator: 94
Fresh, with a pure beam of cassis, flecked with singed alder, dried anise and lilac notes. Shows good latent grip through the finish, maintaining a racy edge.
Wine Advocate: 94
The 2016 Marquis d'Alesme Becker is a blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc cropped between 4-24 October and matured in 65% new oak. It has a tight and focused bouquet, well defined but less generous than its peers: blackberry, briary, a touch of limestone and cedar aromas gently unfolding in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with a grainy texture, very harmonious with superb depth, perhaps demonstrating more roundness and opulence than its peers with a very concentrated finish where I would just like to see more finesse come through.
Decanter: 93
There has been a lot of investment in this property from the all-female team, from owner Nathalie Perrodo to winemaker Marjolaine Maurice-de Coninck. Don't think this means a feminine take on the vintage though; we have the full gamut of chewy tannins running through well structured, ripe cassis fruit. It holds back on the finish, with a sense of confidence and careful extraction. Maybe not as floral as some, but for me it's another step up in quality from this fast-rising estate.
Vinous: 94
The 2016 Marquis d'Alesme Becker is a bold, racy wine. Beams of tannin and bright acids give the wine its shape and energy. Hints of smoke, espresso, succulent red cherry and rose petal build gradually into a crescendo of aromas, flavors and textures. The 2016 is powerful, concentrated and dense, yet retains terrific balance, with more than enough fruit intensity to handle the tannins. Michel Rolland is the consultant. Tasted two times.
James Suckling: 92
Refined and very pretty with currants, blueberries and crushed stones. Medium body and polished tannins. Not the 2015 but very inviting indeed.