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A tight, mineral /limestone frame with penetrating juice and energy and purity, ending with elegance. We tasted this at Pavie-Maquin with the other wines from Nicolas Thienpont. It was a really impressive stable but this really stood out for its charm and energy. It should be a real bargain for a wine with this level of concentration, balance and length. Drinking range: 2020 - 2030 Rating: 89-90 L&S (Apr 2017)
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A blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc brought up in a mix of tank and wood, the 2016 Château Alcée sports a deep ruby color as well as a beautiful bouquet of black raspberry, spice box, new leather, white truffle and salty minerality. Nicely concentrated, medium-bodied, balanced, and long, it’s unquestionably an outstanding wine. Rating: 90 Jeb Dunnuck, www.jebdunnuck.com (Feb 2019)
The 2016 Château Alcée is a blend of 92% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc that is matured in 50% new oak. The nose offers upfront red berry fruit with mulberry and black truffle aromas, quite powerful although missing the delineation of the 2015 last year. The palate is medium-bodied with a gentle grip on the entry and fine tannin; midway through this Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux, the class and sophistication shows through, especially with that dash of white pepper that lingers on the aftertaste. It will require three or four years in bottle to fully meld together, but this is a fine contribution to the vintage. Drinking range: 2021 - 2035 Rating: 90-92 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Apr 2017)
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