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2014 3ème Cru Classé Saint Estèphe

Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
Sub-district Haut Médoc
Village Saint Estèphe
Classification 3ème Cru Classé
ABV 14%

66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot. Standing with Vincent Millet in his new spangly tasting room, you can sense there is a lot going on here, thanks to investment from new owners 'Suravenir'. You do, however, still taste the grand vin before the Marquis de Calon - as with less Merlot in the Calon, Vincent thinks you get a better view of each in this unorthodox order. The wine is super. Herbaceous on the nose, nice vegetal edge to the mid-palate too, but also a lovely richness. There is huge concentration to the ample rich, black cherry and soft prune fruit. The tight layers of flavour just peeking out from the dense core. There is super ripeness but also great balance, some good acidity and velevety tannins just give a touch of grip to the finish. Rating: 93 L&S (Apr 2015)

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