A reliable and stylish property fulfilling its potential since 2012 vintage

Soutard

 

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Magnificently looking chateau!

You will find this very imposing property on the left side, app. half a kilometre from the round-about just when you arrive at Saint Emilion village from Libourne.

Soutard has already been mentioned in the 16th century and the most important thing was ownership by de Ligneris family from 1919 to 2006. In 2006, the biggest insurance company in France, AG2R, already the owner of another GGC in Saint Emilion, Larmande, acquired Soutard. In 2009 they bought neighbouring Chateau Cadet Piola and in 2012 both merged together. 

It's 30 ha big property with the vineyard in a single block and 20 ha of these provide wine production. The vineyard is planted with 63% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Franc, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Malbec Vines are 30 years old on average. Soutard has an excellent soil which is very typical for Saint-Emilion - limestones and clay, where the majority of vines grows. 

For many years this property was rarely consistent with their wines but it changed significantly starting with 2012 vintage, when cellarmaster since 2006, Veronique Corporandy, was handed total responsibility of making wine. She seems to have added some stability, focus and precision to Soutard and wine-lovers can't really complain about vintages 2012-2013-2014-2015, 2016 and 2017! Prices are very reasonable. She makes also wine at sister chateau, Larmande, plus Grand Faurie la Rose and recently acquired Petit Faurie de Soutard.

Soutard is open all week for tourism and visits, however, people interested should contact the property beforehand. There's a wine shop too. Website - www. soutard.com

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2018 SOUTARD (barrel sample) 95p

Tasted twice in April 2019. Very sleek and seductive, velvety texture, silky fruit and tannin, very complex with finesse, very tasty and attractive. Long fruity finish. Heartbreaker wine.

2017 SOUTARD (barrel sample) 93p

Tasted twice in April 2018. Tasted both at UGCB tasting in Bordeaux and at the chateau. Same impression. Enchanting wine with deliciously tasty fruit, silky texture, finesse, splendid balance and complexity. Persistent fruity finish. A really fine effort for the vintage.

2016 SOUTARD (barrel sample) 94p

Tasted in April 2018. Polished wine, noble, discrete silky tannin. perfectly ripe fruit, great complexity and distinction, precise and focused wine. A winner.

2015 SOUTARD 93-94p

Tasted in April 2018. Almost as fine as 2016 with tannin slightly less fat. Great complexity, structure and length here. 

2014 SOUTARD 93p

Tasted in April 2018. Classic Saint-Emilion wine with cool tannin, fine complexity, structure and length. This wine has a splendid future coming.

2013 SOUTARD 90p

Tasted in April 2018. A fine example of skills of new winemaker at Soutard. In this difficult vintage, she managed to make a very fruity, round, very tasty, approachable and balanced wine. 

2012 SOUTARD 92p

Tasted in April 2018. The first vintage made 100% by Veronique Corporandy and what a significant jump in quality for Soutard! Real candy wine, very captivating, tasty, well-constructed, silky texture, deliciously fruity with a gentle kick of tannin. Heartbreaker wine.

2011 SOUTARD 88p

Tasted in April 2018. More restrained than younger vintages. Fruit and tannin not fully ripe. Soft and round but lacks more freshness.

2010 SOUTARD 88p 

Tasted in April 2018. The same story as in 2011. Some sloppy work from the previous winemaker in a vintage which was incredibly easy to make.

1985 SOUTARD 90p

Tasted in April 2018. Ripe fruit and tannin tasted well for 33 years old wine. Nice balance and deliciously fruity finish. Still alive.

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Vertical of Soutard...

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Great and happy times at Soutard! From the right - Veronique Corporandy the winemaker, Niko Dukan who's a Croatian wine journalist and Adeline Tanguy who's responsible for commercialisation and PR

Latest news

ATTENTION! I'm well in the process of tasting 2018 vintage in the bottle from Bordeaux sent to my Copenhagen home. I expect to taste in all close to 500 wines. As I still am receiving samples for tasting, a full report on the vintage is scheduled to be published mid-/ultimo March 2021. However, TNs and comments concerning already tasted wines are available on my website. Check out chapter "2018 IN BOTTLE" in "VINTAGES".

2020 vintage in Bordeaux looks like it'll follow the trend of excellent vintages as f.i. 2016 and 2018/9. However, I don't plan to travel to Bordeaux in April 2021 for primeurs because of coronavirus, so I expect instead to get barrel samples sent to my home in Copenhagen.

TNs/ratings on 2019 Bordeaux barrel samples - see "Vintages" chapter. I received 325 samples sent from classified/non-classified properties, which I tasted during the summer of 2020.

A new feature is the Burgundy blog in the News chapter. Tasting notes from tastings and tasting dinners attended since November 2018.

In addition to my website, I do also post tasting notes to www.tastingbook.com where I've 7.000+ followers and 2.200+ TNs by ultimo February 2021.