Susana Balbo Brioso 2018

Susana Balbo Brioso 2018

Ah, the Brioso. A magnificent, muscular, unctuous 'Bordeaux blend' comprising Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot in proportions dependent on the vintage, capable of long ageing and wonderfully approachable in its youth. 15 months in 100% new French oak barrels, a triumph.

“Black cherry, blackcurrant, clove, rosemary and tobacco aromas. It’s medium- to full-bodied with firm, tight-grained tannins. Firm and structured yet fresh and refined, with chewy layers of dark fruit. 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Malbec, 18% Cabernet Franc and 6% Petit Verdot. Try from 2022.”

95 / 100, James Suckling 2021 Report (2019 vintage)

94 / 100, Tim Atkin The Argentina Report 2021 (2019 vintage)

94 / 100, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate 2021 (2018 vintage)

94/ 100, Tim Atkin 2020 Report, Best of Argentina (2018 vintage)

“Big and rich, with unctuous dark berry, plum tart and cherry pastry flavours that are lavishly spiced. Hints of dried green herbs on the structured finish that offers hints of anise. Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2026.”

93 / 100, Kim Marcus, The Wine Spectator 2021 (2018 vintage)

93 / 100, James Suckling 2020 Report (2018 vintage)

94 / 100, Tim Atkin, Argentina Special Report 2019 (2017 vintage)

Silver Medal, Women’s Wine and Spirits Awards 2019 (2017 vintage)

94 / 100, Tim Atkin 2018 (2016 vintage)

95 / 100, James Suckling, Argentine Pushes the Limits, March 2018 (2016 vintage)

92 / 100, James Suckling, The Many, Diverse Wonders of Argentina, June 2017 (2016 vintage)

93 / 100, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2016 vintage)

95 / 100, Descorchados 2018, Best from Agrelo (2015 vintage)

"A deep, velvety yet firm colour. The Cabernet Sauvignon shows very well, with red and black fruit aromas followed by an elegant grip over florality. The other grapes blend in well to add flavours and potential complexity. There is a fine, lifted finish to this very well made wine."

Steven Spurrier, Decanter.com, February 2017 (2014 vintage)

92 / 100 Luis Gutierrez, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2014 vintage)

95 / 100 James Suckling (2014 vintage)

"Black, ripe, cassis and black plum, with cedar coming through, the oak polished, and there is an elegance to the character on the palate too. The palate is really smooth, but fresh and smooth, with great spicy tannins and lovely dry extract."

93 / 100 Tom Cannavan's WinePages.Com, February 2016 (2013 vintage)

"A serious blend with refined tannins and beautiful fruit. Full body, solid density and bright acidity."

93 / 100 JamesSuckling.com (2010 vintage)

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