Seguin

 

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Chateau Seguin isn't a property which steals headlines, although Robert Parker gave it 91-93 in vintage 2009 and Swiss wine critic, Rene Gabriel loves it.

It's situated in Canejan village close to Pessac and its appellation is Pessac-Leognan. Darriet family owns it and the man in charge is Denis Darriet, who before coming to Seguin, worked in Paris as jeweler for famous jewelry makers like f.i. Cartier and made special creations for the most famous celebrities in the world.

I became very impressed with the wines during my first visit at Seguin in September 2010, and then in March 2011, I had a vertical there from vintage 2004 to 2010. I must admit I was left breathless while tasting 2010. This was an outstanding if not sensantional performance. Unforgetable visit. Visits in September 2011, March 2012, September 2012, March 2013, September 2013, April 2014, September 2014 and March 2015 have just confirmed the staggering quality Seguin possesses today. It seems like Denis Darriet has transferred his skills and dedication from making very expensive jewelry to his wines! He makes normal cuvée, Chateau Seguin and luxury cuvée from old wines, Confidence(s) de Chateau Seguin. The latter is 2-3 times the price of normal cuvée.

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Denis Darriet (right), owner of Seguin, in the cellar with his winemaker, Xavier

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SEGUIN 2016 (barrel sample) 94+p

Tasted in March 2017. This wine is 45% Cabernet Sauvignon and 55% Merlot, yield 43 hl/ha. Very intense blackberries and cherries on the nose, velvety fruit and tannin, seductive fruit sweetness, long aftertaste. Sleek and attractive, impressive stuff.

SEGUIN 2015 (barrel sample) 94+p

Tasted twice - last time in March 2017. Consistent notes.This wine showed great delicacy with black colour, sweet silky fruit and tannin, complex and seductive, very aromatic black- and blueberries. Candy.

SEGUIN 2014 93+p

Tasted four times - last time in March 2017. Consistent notes. Impressive nose of violets and black fruit, splendid acidity, well-balanced, excellent structure and length. Long finish. This is impressive effort for the vintage and really an exciting wine.

SEGUIN 2013 (barrel sample) 91p

Tasted twice - last time in March 2015. Consistent notes. Flowery on the nose with fine acidity and fine structure, seems lighter than 2012. Mineral and well-balanced. Very good effort in this troubled vintage.

SEGUIN 2012 92p

Tasted seven times - last time in March 2016. Consistent notes. This wine seduces with violets and crushed blueberries, finely grained fresh tannin and silky texture, velvety finish. Splendid effort for the vintage.

SEGUIN 2011 93p

Tasted nine times - last time in September 2015. Consistent notes. This wine offered splendid nose of ripe cherries, very good depth and intensity. Silky on the palate with strong structure, fine length and smooth aftertaste. Great value in this vintage.

SEGUIN 2010 95+p

Tasted nine times - last time in September 2015. Consistent notes. This wine's been keeping me thrilled since it's berth . To have such fabulous nose of black cherries and so intense silky black fruit on the palate, combined with stunning balance and complexity, is just a great moment. This is undoubtely the best wine this property has ever made and a fantastic achievement. Wow! In March 2014, this wine did throw its "baby fat" away and became quite tannic and closed. In September 2015 it opened up once again. Thrill to taste!!

SEGUIN 2009 94+p

Tasted nine times - last time in September 2014. Consistent notes. Very intense wine with gobs of blackberries, black cherries, stunning balance, finesse and elegance, and sophisticated touch. Beautiful classy wine and great effort indeed. Was closed while tasted in March 2014, but seduced with open arms in September 2014.

SEGUIN 2008 92p

Tasted five times - last time in March 2016. Consistent notes. Not as flamboyant as 2009, but there's nothing to complain about. This wine was very mineral, multifaceted, well constructed and structured, big on the palate and with sophisticated touch. Splendid effort for the vintage.

SEGUIN 2007 87p

Tasted in March 2011. Light, round and pleasant, earthy flavors, short aftertaste. Won't win by additional cellaring.

SEGUIN 2006 90p

Tasted in March 2011. Very attractive on the nose, well-knitted, elegant and with firm finish. Nice effort.

SEGUIN 2005 94p

Tasted three times - last time in September 2015. Consistent notes. Made by someone else than present winemaker Xavier, who came in 2007. Still you feel the soil and what nature gave to the winemaker. This vintage was one of the easiest one to make for many reasons. Excellent aromatic nose of beautiful sweet cherries, great complexity and stunning length. Riveting stuff!

SEGUIN 2004 91p

Tasted twice - last time in March 2014. Consistent notes. Lovely nose of black fruit and milk chocolate, soft texture, splendid balance, elegant and smooth finish. Very attractive wine, ready to drink.

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CONFIDENCE(S) DU CHATEAU SEGUIN 2010 96p

Tasted twice - last time in September 2015. Consistent notes. More concentrated and fatter wine than 2009. Tannin is more ripe here. Exceptionel stuff.

CONFIDENCE(S) DU CHATEAU SEGUIN 2009 95+p

Tasted three times - last time in March 2015. Consistent notes. This luxury cuvee which is made from old vines, was of course more concentrated, deeper and had longer finish than normal cuvee. Very impressive and stunning wine.

CONFIDENCE(S) DU CHATEAU SEGUIN 2006 91p

Tasted in September 2014. Dusty flavors, a bit earthy, ripe grapes, nice intensity and length, lacking maybe precision.

CONFIDENCE(S) DU CHATEAU SEGUIN 2005 94p

Tasted twice - last time in March 2016. Consistent notes. Very cherry nose and cherry flavor on the palate, beautifully constructed, splendid complexity and depth, excellent balance and with long meaty finish. Impressive stuff.

CONFIDENCE(S) DU CHATEAU SEGUIN 2004 92p

Tasted twice - last time in March 2014. Consistent notes. Denis Darriet makes this wine from selection of best parcels of Seguin. Very impressive wine showing incredibly aromatic black fruit (blueberries), tight, concentrated, very complex, well-structured and splendid long finish. Excellent treat!

 

Latest news

2017 VINTAGE LOOKS VERY GOOD INDEED - FOR LATEST NEWS CHECK "HARVEST 2017" IN CHAPTER "HARVESTS".

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RECENT ADDITIONS - PROFILE OF LA CABANNE, CERTAN DE MAY, HAUT BAILLY AND LEOVILLE LAS CASES. ADDED JUST NOW (DECEMBER 2017) - PROFILE NR.40 - COS D'ESTOURNEL!

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DURING TWO WEEKS FROM END OF MARCH TO MID-APRIL 2017, I TASTED APP. 420 BARREL SAMPLES OF 2016 VINTAGE. PLEASE READ MY REPORT WITH A LOT OF TASTING NOTES AND CONCLUSIONS IN CHAPTER "VINTAGES".

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