2016 Grand Cru Saint Emilion

Grapes Merlot, Cab Franc
Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
Sub-district Saint Emilion & Satellites
Village Saint Emilion
Classification Grand Cru

80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc. Tasted in the line up at Ausone after the Haut Simard, and the nose says this is more serious, suggesting limestone: a more sophisticated, stony density here, the fruit is lifted and floats on this limestone tension. A touch of class. Drinking range: 2025 - 2035 Rating: 90-92 L&S (Apr 2017)

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Named after the lieu-dit, the 2016 Château Moulin Saint-Georges is made by the Ausone team, and their 2016 is a brilliant bottle of wine based on 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. Loaded with notions of smoky black fruits, tobacco leaf, cassis, and gravelly, earthy minerality, this beauty is medium to full-bodied, has ripe tannins, impeccable balance, and a blockbuster finish. Give bottles 2-4 years of bottle age and enjoy over the following 15+. Drinking range: 2019 - 2034 Rating: 94 Jeb Dunnuck, (Feb 2019)

The 2016 Moulin St Georges is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc picked from 11-15 October and matured in 85% new oak. This has a slightly lighter and airy bouquet than the Haut Simard, perhaps a touch of more austere compared to the 2015 last year. The palate is medium-bodied with supple, juicy tannin that belie the structure underneath. There is just a touch of tightness here, expected at this nascent juncture, quite linear towards the finish, yet there is good persistence here. On par with the 2015 for sure, although we have to wait and see whether it will be better. Drinking range: 2021 - 2038 Rating: 90-92 Neal Martin, (Apr 2017)

Some richness of fruit - and lots of sweetness - with a tightness on the end. Drinking range: 2025 - 2038 Rating: 16.5 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - (Apr 2017)

Château Moulin Saint Georges

Owned by Alain Vauthier, Château Moulin Saint Georges is situated in Saint-Emilion and covers 7 hectares. The vineyards are well sited on the south-west facing 'Pavie' slope. The average age of the vines on this slope is 26 years old, and they are planted at a density of 6500 vines/hectare. Vauthier believes that the quality of his wine is a direct result of how well the vines are tended to, therefore yields are kept extremely low in order to concentrate the flavour, and all grapes are hand-harvested to ensure only the best grapes are used in production.

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