Chateau Lyonnat Emotion St. Emilion 2010
James Suckling “Blackberries, sweet licorice and strawberries on the nose. Lots of new wood and vanilla. Full and very juicy on the palate with a pretty texture and serious length. Ripe tannins.” 92 Points
The Milhade family has been landowners in Bordeaux for three generations and currently own six properties in the right bank regions of Saint-Emilion, Lussac-Saint-Emilion, Lalande-de-Pomerol, and Bordeaux Supérieur. Their wines represent both amazing value in Bordeaux and the beautiful results that can be achieved by small family estates focused on producing high quality wines. The wines are marked by wonderful, expressive fruit and retain an authenticity and soulfulness.
Château Lyonnat is one of the oldest estates in the Lussac Saint-Emilion appellation. Traditonally, most of the wine that was produced there was for the consumption of the Vatican. From generation to generation, the techniques used by the resident viticultural team have been refined to maximize the terroir. It’s present day owners are Gerard and Brigitte Milhade, who took over the property in 1964. The vines cover 79 acres, planted 85% to Merlot, 11% to Cabernet Sauvignon, and 4% to Cabernet Franc.
The vineyard is blessed with a southern exposure and a soil rich in limestone. Other factors that contribute to the quality of the vineyard include several parcels of very old vines, yield reduction techniques, such as severe winter pruning, green harvesting in the summer and hand harvesting for much of the vineyard.
Château Lyonnat’s Emotion is made up of 100% Merlot. The grapes are sourced from a 25 acre plot of very old vines that are grown on a limestone-clay soil. All grapes are manually harvested and undergo a rigorous selection and sorting process. Aged in 100% new French oak barrels. Hubert de Bouard of Chateau Angelus acts as a consultant.
Emotion has a powerful nose of black currant, blackberry, and leather. It is complex, powerful, and fruity on the palate with full lush tannins.
Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends - Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cabernet thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
Lussac-Saint-Emilion is the most northerly of the 'satellites' of the larger Saint-Emilion appellation in the 'right bank' Libournais district of Bordeaux. The Lavie stream runs along the southern boundary of Lussac-Saint-Emilion, neatly separating it from Montagne-Saint-Emilion. To the east is the Cotes de Francs appellation, which, together with Lussac, marks the north-eastern edge of the Bordeaux region. The landscape here is slightly higher and more rolling than that which prevails closer to the Dordogne, although a certain element of alluvial clay is still found in its soils.
Wine Enthusiast 92 Points
Stephen Tanzer 89 Points
92 / 100 Cellarmaster Value Rating