2011 Grand Cru Saint Emilion

Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
Sub-district Saint Emilion & Satellites
Village Saint Emilion
Classification Grand Cru Classé

Very dark and dense, something like burnt fruitcake. There are tarry, caramel notes along with the curranty flavour. Heavy fruitcake density. Very concentrated and very long. Not sure what to make of this but it's certainly got personality and style. Rating: 92+ L&S (Apr 2012)

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