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 had already been mentioned in the 16th century, and the most crucial thing was ownership by the 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. 

It's a 30 ha large property with a 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 typical for Saint-Emilion - limestones and clay, where most vines grow. 

For many years this property was rarely consistent with their wines. Still, it changed significantly starting with the 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 complain about vintages 2012-2013-2014-2015, 2016 and 2017! The prices are very reasonable. She also makes 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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2020 SOUTARD (barrel sample) 94-95p

Tasted in November 2021. Violets and crushed dark berries on the nose, vibrant, finesse and elegance, complex, stylish and with a lingering finish. Superb effort for the vintage. 

2019 SOUTARD 94+p

Tasted in November 2021. Was fragrant on the nose with black cherries and violets, succulent and complex, luscious fruit and silky tannins, splendid structure, length and lush lingering aftertaste. Terrific effort.

2018 SOUTARD 95p

Tasted three times - last time in November 2021. Consistent notes. 63% Merlot, 28% C. Franc, 7% C. Sauvignon and 2% Malbec. Very sleek and seductive, lots of blackberries and blueberries. Velvety texture, silky fruit and tannin, very complex with finesse. Long fruity finish. Excellent wine with flair. 

2017 SOUTARD (barrel sample) 93p

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

2016 SOUTARD 94p

Tasted twice - last time in November 2021. Consistent notes. Polished wine, noble, discrete acidity, Perfectly ripe fruit and silky tannin, great complexity and distinction, precise and focused wine. 

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 superb tannin, delicate complexity, structure and length. This wine has a splendid future coming.

2013 SOUTARD 90p

Tasted in April 2018. A fine example of the skills of a new winemaker at Soutard. In this challenging vintage, she made a very fruity, round, tasty, approachable, balanced wine. 

2012 SOUTARD 92p

Tasted in April 2018. Veronique Corporandy made the first vintage 100%, 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 are 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 vintage was effortless 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

1. I spent two weeks in Bordeaux from mid-April to check out the 2021 vintage from the barrel. A review of 300+ tasted barrel samples has just been published on the 23rd of June 2022.

2. Impressions from my trip to Bordeaux in November 2021 are here - chapter "2021 Bordeaux" in "VINTAGES". Additional TNs from barrel samples of 2020 vintage tasted in Bordeaux - chapter "2020 FROM BARREL", in "VINTAGES".

3. 2019 vintage's TNs on 85 wines tasted in Bordeaux in November 2021  plus additional TNs on 120+ wines tasted in Copenhagen during January-March 2022, are published. Check out chapter "2019 BARREL/BOTTLE" in "VINTAGES".

4. Tasting notes concerning the 2018 vintage on wines tasted from the bottle in Bordeaux in November 2021- chapter "2018 IN BOTTLE" in "VINTAGES".

5. The Burgundy blog in the News chapter is a new feature, including impressions from Burgundy tastings/tasting dinners attended since November 2018. It'll also have impressions on tasted wines from Beaujolais' best winegrowers. I explored this wine area in April 2022 while tasting Morgon Cote du Puy from five producers in 2018 and 2019. A tasting of top cuveés from the same producers will follow in June 2022.

6. In addition to my website, I also post tasting notes to an excellent website run by Pekka Nuikki from Finland, www.tastingbook.com, where I have 11.000+ followers and 2.850+ TNs by mid-June 2022.