Chateau Hyot showcases the masterful skill of seventh generation winemaker Amelie Aubert and France if not the world’s most famous consultant, Michel Rolland. The wine is a Merlot-based blend, from 40 year-old vines, with Cabernet Franc bringing sophisticated aromas and silky tannins, and a dose of Cabernet Sauvignon for a structural backbone. Every year it provides an absurd value, but in the high flying 2018 vintage, it’s even more apparent than usual.
You wouldn’t necessarily expect expert validation on a thirteen dollar bottle of wine but James Suckling and Wine Enthusiast both gave 90+ scores with Suckling even going as high as 92 points. The wine is tight and firm with way more structure than one should expect at this price point. Spicy on the nose, with blackberry jelly on the palate, with a smooth and refined finish.
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92 Points, James Suckling
A rich, delicious red from this appellation with berry, plum and chocolate aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied with round tannins and a savory finish. Nice tannin ripeness. Drinkable now, but better in a year or two.
90 Points, Wine Enthusiast
A ripe and spicy wine, this shows rich tannins and a solid texture. Juicy blackberry jelly flavors lighten the load of richness and shed an attractive light on the wine’s fruitiness. Drink from 2021.