Chateau de Myrat 1996
Chateau de Myrat – Second Growth Barsac
Bill Blatch: This is the first real landmark vintage of modern Myrat. Xavier de Pontac took over this family property in 1990, just too late to turn that great vintage into what it should have been. There followed a frosted 1991, a rained-out 1992 and 1993, a frosted and rained-out 1994, a frosted 1995 (in this part of Barsac), and then, after 5 years of misery, the glorious ’96. It was the vintage that parachuted this great château back into the forefront: big and sumptuous and full-styled yet nicely balanced by a fine grain of bright Barsac acidity. Some new oak would have imparted a bit more finesse. But, after all those miserable vintages, Xavier couldn’t buy the new barrels, so this wine is as the good Lord made it, with no oak influence.
£213.71 / case halves