This is very direct and structured with polished tannins and lovely length. Medium-to full-bodied, long and beautiful. Solid structure for a 100% merlot this year.
Unusual for the appellation, this wine is 100% Merlot. Soft and full in the mouth while retaining elegance, it has some tannins but they are nicely integrated with the juicy black fruits. (RV)
The 2016 Le Thil, 100% Merlot, is absolutely delicious. Licorice, spice, new leather and silky, sweet tannins give the wine its voluptuous, soft curves and remarkable immediacy. There is lovely depth and richness to the succulent, boldly sketched dark fruit. This is another terrific, modestly priced wine from Daniel and Florence Cathiard. (AG)
This has a good beam of cassis and black cherry paste flavors, lined with singed alder and juicy red licorice notes. A touch compact, but everything is in place, so this should unwind well enough. (JM, Web-2017)
There is a weight and intensity to the body that is highly appealing. It has some real depth to it, with powerful, fleshy blackberry fruits, although it is a touch austere on the finish. 100% Merlot but they will be adding Cabernet Franc over the next few years. (JA)
The 2016 Chateau le Thil (Comte Clary), one of the properties owned by Daniel and Florence Cathiard of Smith Haut Lafittte, is 100% Merlot this year since the Cabernet Sauvignon was pulled up and replaced with Cabernet Franc a couple of years ago. The nose is clean and pure, not powerful, with scents of boysenberry jam and crushed strawberry. The palate is medium-bodied with an attractive minerally opening, a little masculine and aloof, but nicely balanced and it builds in the mouth towards quite an elegant mulberry and black plum finish. (NM)
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