Chateau Le Queyroux Le Joyau 2016
No tractors are used at this winery. Everything is plowed with the horse. Dominique Leandre-Chevalier has an extremely organic but not certified winery here in the Cotes de Blaye. Dense planting of at least 10,000, but also up to 33,000 sticks per hectare. But not only the dense planting, but also grapes very close to the ground and on the stick. Only 5-6 grapes and a maximum of 400 grams per vine, with the 33333 vines only 3 grapes with 200 grams. This extremely low yield per vine naturally brings this incredible density, but not a force, but delicacy. The whole thing happens naturally. Dominique does not have to make a green harvest or cut grapes or the like. Procedures. This is a limitation of yield in a completely natural, organic way. As in 2015, the grape varieties consist of 48% Merlot, 48% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot. The Cuvée Joyau, the main wine from Dominique, was one of the absolute high-flyers in 2015 in its incredibly light, intoxicating style. 2016 does come with some subtlety, but also with a lot more density. The 4% Petit Verdot comes out clearly in 2016. The whole thing has a lot of black, dense flavors. A velvety dense tannin carpet, which is sublime and floating. The nose is light and elegant. The whole underlaid with black cherry, not very sweet cassis, as well as mulberry and elder. Also lilac and violet. Wonderful fragrance, but very assembled, fine, playful. The mouth is extremely piquant. Black cherry, cassis, but also mulberry, elder, and black, burned elements from the Petit Verdot. A tremendously present, but light-footed, playful tannin carpet as it was in 2015. High density and extremely spicy acidity. Never pointed, totally playful, very harmonious. Almost drinkable, yet ending in infinity in its density and acid-laden, super velvety tannin spice. Even as a young wine, this is tremendous joy. The difficulty here is that it's one of the first wines of the year that I try, and it's so exhilarating and compelling. Where do I start with my grades and where do I stop? I personally put it even above the 2015, although it was a little more subtle and playful. But this 2016 is so impressive, yet so dense in all its delicacy. I rate it the same as the 2015, only that it has a different, more precise character.