Made by Marie Lefévère (of Château Sansonnet and Château Moulin du Cadet), the 2018 Château Soutard-Cadet comes from a small 2.7-hectare vineyard located just in front of Château Soutard that consists of 40-year-old vines and serious limestone soils. It has a darker slant in its cassis, toasty oak, and violet-driven aromatics, which carries to a full-bodied, concentrated, powerful Saint-Émilion that still has a beautiful elegance and purity. A blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc brought up in new oak, it’s another great wine from this vintage that boasts serious richness and depth yet holds onto a sense of purity, elegance, and balance.
95-97 points, Jeb Dunnuck (May 2019)
This is really excellent with fantastic depth and richness, yet it’s always energetic and long. Medium to full body and a juicy finish. Polished and precise. 90 per cent merlot and 10 per cent cabernet franc.
94-95 points, James Suckling (Apr 2019)
This 2.7-hectare vineyard was acquired in 2015 by the Lefévère family, owners of the nearby Sansonnet and Moulin du Cadet. This single block, situated in front of Château Soutard, is planted to 6,000 vines per hectare and in 2018 had an average vine age of 40 years. The vineyard is planted on thin clay soils atop limestone. It will age in 100% new oak barrels for about 18 months. The blend is 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, and the wine has 15% alcohol. Deep purple-black colored, the 2018 Soutard-Cadet sports a fair bit of oak to begin, giving way to a core of baked blackberries, plum pudding and Black Forest cake with nuances of fallen leaves and woodsmoke. Full, concentrated and densely packed with ripe, black fruits, it has a firm, grainy texture and a mineral-tinged finish. Production is expected to be just 5,000 bottles.
93-95 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Issue # Interim - Apr 2019)