2016 Godeau, St-Emilion

SKU #1299195 94 points James Suckling

 Graphite, blueberries, very ripe cherries, chocolate and violets pour out of the glass of this concentrated and complex wine. You could easily mistake it for a top St.-Emilion Grand Cru Classé! The fine-grained tannins carry the long, graceful finish beautifully. Drink or hold.  (1/2019)

93 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The 2016 Château Godeau comes from more clay soils and a cooler terroir not far from Pavie Macquin. In 2016 it’s a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc brought up in one-third new French oak. Cassis, violets, underbrush, and hints of graphite all emerge from this richer, beautifully textured, serious Saint-Emilion that has terrific tannin quality, a silky texture, and a great finish. It should keep for 10-15 years.  (2/2019)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Godeau has a deep garnet-purple color and rolls out of the glass with vibrant black cherry compote, wild blueberries and kirsch scents with nuances of red roses, cedar chest, unsmoked cigars and cardamom. Full-bodied with mouth-coating red and black fruit flavors, it has a solid frame of ripe, rounded tannins and plenty of freshness, finishing long. Drink through 2032. (LPB)  (3/2019)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Still compact, but the core features coiled-up brambly energy and a range of boysenberry, plum and anise flavors waiting to unwind. Light tobacco and juniper accents score the finish. Well done. (JM, Web Only-2019)

91 points Vinous

 The 2016 Godeau is plush, dark and inviting. Dark fruit, chocolate, menthol, licorice and savory herb notes flesh out in this ample, creamy Saint-Émilion. This is an especially resonant style. Much of that can be attributed to clay-rich soils that give the wine volume. The blend is 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. Julien Lavenu is the consulting winemaker. (AG)  (1/2019)

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By: James Bradshaw | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/20/2019 | Send Email
Woah! This richly textured 2016 St-Emilion is jam-packed with vibrant blue and black fruit and more spice than Christmas fruitcake (in the best way possible). The more 2016s I try, the more I am impressed with the vintage, and this sterling rendition is no exception. It is supple enough to drink now, but also has the depth and tannin to warrant another ten to fifteen years in the cellar. Its St-Emilion imprint is unmistakable, which is all the more remarkable for its very affordable price. It holds its own against the big dogs of the appellation. On the hedonistic side of the spectrum, the 2016 Godeau will surely delight Napa Cab drinkers as well. It'll be a treat to follow its progression over the years.

By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/20/2019 | Send Email
This small St-Emilion property might be off the radar for many collectors, but shouldn't be missed for those looking for a flat-out delicious Bordeaux blend. With an abundant nose of plum, graphite, and black cherry, flavors turn more to bright black and blue fruit with mouthwatering acidity that keeps the palate fresh and bright. Although this stays true to its St-Emilion roots, it will find a lot of fans from Old and New World alike. Very well done, and another great example of what the 2016 vintage has to offer.

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- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.


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Specific Appellation:

Saint Emilion

Alcohol Content (%): 13