Robert Parker 87
One of our readers wrote to me and requested that I take another look at the 2015 Senejac. I’m always happy to relook at a wine, particularly if it is a wine that dramatically underperformed or overperformed in a tasting compared to its recent track record. So I purchased this bottle from a local, reputable merchant. In fact, it did appear to show significantly better than when I originally tasted it during a merchant tasting in Bordeaux, delivering a good intensity of black and red plum notes with hints of stewed tea, menthol and cassis plus an earthy undercurrent of underbrush and fungi. Medium-bodied, the palate offers plenty of juicy fruit with a chewy frame and a refreshing lift to the finish, making for a great everyday quaffing red!
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2025
The 2015 Sénéjac has developed nicely over the last two years, although it remains a wine built on floral/savory aromatics and midweight structure. Sweet red berry, tobacco, mint and licorice add shades of nuance to this decidedly understated Haut-Médoc. I had hoped the 2015 would fill out a bit during its aging, but that has not happened. The blend is 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot.
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2027
Mid crimson only. Inky and fragrant. Very sweet palate entry. Finishes dry. Not a standout but very competent. Light- to medium-bodied.
Anticipated maturity: 2023-2031