|Chateau Grandes Murailles ist gleich nach der Ortsausfahrt von St. Emilion gelegen. Auf einer 1,95 Hektar großen Parzelle stehen die Reben für einen ganz vorzüglichen Wein. 95% des Weinberges von Chateau Grandes Murailles sind mit Merlot, 5% mit Cabernet Sauvignon und Cabernet Franc bepflanzt. Je nach Jahrgang wandert der Grandes Murailles bis zu 20 Monate in zu 100% neue Fässer. In einem guten Jahr produziert die Familie Reiffer, die bereits seit dem 16. Jahrhundert Besitzer dieser Top-Lage ist, maximal 600 Kisten. Beraten wird Grandes Murailles von Michel Rolland.
92-94 THE WINEADVOCATE: "Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Grandes Murailles leaps from the glass with bold baked raspberries and blackberry compote scents with nuances of warm plums, lavender and truffles. Full-bodied, the palate has a commendable structure of firm, super fine tannins and seamless freshness lifting the vibrant fruit to a long finish."
94 FALSTAFF: "Tiefdunkles Rubingranat, violette Reflexe, dezente Randaufhellung. Attraktives schwarzes Beerenkonfit, zart nach Lakritze und Cassis, florale Nuancen. Saftig, elegant, frische Kirschen, feine Fruchtsüße, finessenreiche Struktur, mineralisch und gut anhaftend, sicheres Entwicklungspotenzial."
93-96 WINESPECTATOR: "Solidly built, featuring raspberry and blackberry compote notes infused with black tea and anise flavors. Good energy matches the grip of the finish. Sneaky long too.—J.M."
91 DECANTER: "Pretty pulled in and powerful, this is a little extreme in its graphite and is full of austere angles at this point, softened up by cassis and bilberry fruits. It will soften during ageing, of course, and will age well."
92-93 JAMES SUCKLING: "A tight and juicy red with chocolate, hazelnut and plum character. Hints of salt and white pepper, too. Full and formed. Could be better than 2016 or 2015."
91-94 ANTONIO GALLONI: "The 2018 Les Grandes Murailles, 100% Merlot from a two hectare plot on Saint-Émilion´s plateau, is terrific. Fresh, nuanced and delineated, the 2018 is all class. In some recent vintages, Grandes Murailles has been a bit lean, but in 2018 the wine has an extra dimension of richness that makes it an absolutely joy to taste. Whether that is a function of changes in winemaking or a reflection of the vintage remains to be seen. What is far more certain is that the 2018 is a drop-dead gorgeous beauty. Stephane Derenoncourt and Jean-Claude Berrouet consult to the Cuvelier family. Les Grandes Murailles is one of the great surprises of the vintage. Tasted two times."
92-94 THE WINE CELLAR INSIDER: "Flowers, black raspberries, licorice and plums are in the nose. The wine is concentrated, lushly textured, fresh, silky, fruity and opulent in nature. Made from 100% old vine Merlot, the wine is being aged in a combination of 65% new, French oak, 20% in amphora and 20% in used oak barrels."
94-96 JEB DUNNUCK: "This tiny estate (there are a scant 1.5 hectares in production) located just next door to Clos Fourtet, on the upper limestone plateau of Saint-Émilion, has produced a blockbuster with their 2018 Château Les Grandes Murailles! Based all on Merlot aging in 60% new French oak (the balance is in second-fill barrels and amphora), it reveals an inky purple color as well as a heavenly bouquet of crème de cassis, black raspberries, spring flowers, and subtle background oak. Full-bodied, light on its feet, and elegant, with beautiful purity of fruit, it’s a remarkable wine that’s going to benefit from short-term cellaring and evolve for two decades or more. Note, this estate was acquired by the Cuvelier family (who also own Clos Fourtet) in 2013 and it’s the smallest grand cru classé vineyard in all Saint-Émilion. Stéphane Derenoncourt and Jean-Claude Berrouet consult."