The vines at Château Noaillac are now quite mature. Much more so than most of their neighbors. It’s among a handful of very well-known and exciting Cru Bourgeois properties that are producing wines that punch far above their weight class and compete with the very best under $30 selections. The winery is owned by Damien Pages. The same Pages that also owns Château La Tour de By. His chateau is located close to Gironde on the edge of a marsh – where not too long ago it was practically an island(!) before it was drained to make way for a vineyard.
That extra moisture does wonders for the vines here – even in hot years like 2019. It allows Damien and his team to craft absolutely delicious full-bodied delicious Médoc, full of character and complexion. It’s got this brilliant and dense black currant and cherry fruit, with a little bit of blueberry, licorice and cedar.
Lisa Perotti-Brown of the Wine Independent started the 90+ point hit parade in her review where she calls out the “wonderfully pure black fruits, delivering a long finish.” William Kelly of The Wine Advocate came in at 90 as well, a pretty big score for an under $20 Bordeaux. He described “an attractive core of fruit, refined tannins and a penetrating finish” in his note.
James Suckling came in with a 91, calling it “full-bodied with round tannins and delicious fruits”. Ditto on the 91 from Vinous’ Neil Martin who raved about the “superb bouquet” before closing, “Classic in style, and a little fleshier than before, with black pepper and cedar on the finish. An excellent Noaillac.”
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91 Points, James Suckling
Sweet berries and plums with some rose-petal and stem undertones. Full-bodied with round tannins and delicious fruit, with a light vanilla undertone at the end. Drink after 2023.
91 Points, Vinous
The 2019 Noaillac retains the superb bouquet from barrel, featuring blackberry and bilberry fruit, ripe and generous, while maintaining fine delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannins. Classic in style, and a little fleshier than before, with black pepper and cedar on the finish. An excellent Noaillac.
90 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
The 2019 Noaillac is showing better than I perceived shortly after bottling. Unwinding in the glass with aromas of minty red berries, cassis, pencil shavings and loamy soil, it’s medium to full-bodied, supple and elegant, with an attractive core of fruit, refined tannins and a penetrating finish. Owned by the Pagès family and managed by Damien Pagès since 2010, Château Noaillac is located close to Gironde on the edge of a marsh; indeed, this 50-hectare estate was almost an island before drainage. Planted with 55% Merlot and most of the rest Cabernet Sauvignon, part of the property ripens early and part of it late, meaning that a parcel-by-parcel approach to picking, followed by vinification in small tanks, has paid dividends. These are characterful wines worth consideration.
90 Points, The Wine Independent
Made from 55% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Petit Verdot, the 2019 Noaillac is medium to deep garnet-purple in color. It opens with cedary notes, leading to a warm cassis and mulberry-inspired core, plus hints of pencil lead and dried bay leaves. The medium-bodied palate is youthful with a little oak poking through the wonderfully pure black fruits, delivering a long finish.