Château Berliquet, Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Classé 2002


75cl bottle: £31.95

Case of 6 75cl bottles: £191.70


We have just secured a magnificent parcel of mature Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Classé - Château Berliquet 2002

Château Berliquet lies on the upper Southern slopes of Saint-Émilion next to Château Canon, Bordeaux’s new superstar. Canon bought Berliquetin 2017 so expect the price of Berliquet to skyrocket! General manager of Château Canon says: "Berliquet is a unique terroir, the [24 acres] are in one single block on the best exposition, west/southwest and 100 percent on the limestone plateau and côte. It's 100 percent in line with our style and the type of terroir we know and love very much.”

The wines come in wooden cases of 6 bottles. For a mature Grand Cru Classé it is quite a remarkable bargain. We should all have a case. 


Wine Data

Grape variety: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation: Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Classé
Alcohol: 13.5%


Berliquet is one of the oldest vineyards in Saint-Émilion. The vines, exposed south, southwest, are neighbours to several first growths. Since 1996 Patrick de Lesquen and his team have been hard at work to establish Berliquet's reputation by producing one of the most thoroughbred wines in the appellation. Château Berliquet can trace its history back to 1794 and was promoted to a Grand Cru Classé in 1985. It consists of 9 hectares of vineyards superbly sited on the Saint-Émilion limestone plateau, adjoining those of Château Canon and Château Magdelaine. Until 1978 Berliquet's wine was made by the local co-operative and the quality was good but rather unexciting. Since 1978 the wine has been vinified and matured at the Château and the wines have improved beyond recognition. Berliquet's wine is a blend of 67% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 8% Cabernet Sauvignon. The grapes are matured in temperature-controlled vats and the wine is then matured in oak barriques (80% new) for 16 months. The wine is bottled unfiltered. Patrick Valette has been a consultant at Berliquet since 1997 - "Our philosophy is to have very little production from each plant," says Valette. "We want to achieve a natural maturity and very good concentration, with balance. The wine's quality is achieved outside in the vineyard and not just in the cellar. In our wines, we are hoping to create a long palate and a wonderful expression of the fruit." The arrival, in July 2008, of Nicolas Thienpont and Stéphane Derenoncourt marked the beginning of the search for even more precision in the vineyards and ripeness with the aim to express the finesse of its terroir.

Maison Chanel and its owners, the Wertheimer brothers, were pleased to add Château Berliquet to their other properties in Bordeaux, including nearby Château Canon and also Château Rauzan-Ségla in Margaux. Berliquet extends over 9 hectares, is situated between Château Canon and Château Belair-Monange and is planted with 70 percent Merlot, 25 percent Cabernet Franc and 5 percent Cabernet Sauvignon. Nicolas Audebert from Chanel described Berliquet as a ‘jewel’ in the heart of St-Emilion. ‘The structural imprint of the limestone plateau is evident here,’ he said, adding that the estate has the potential to produce wines that are ‘at once racy, tense and elegant’.