2016 1er Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion

Grapes Cab Franc, Cab Sauv, Merlot
Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
Sub-district Saint Emilion & Satellites
Village Saint Emilion
Classification 1er Grand Cru Classé
ABV 14.5%

60% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon. A curious dry nose, more stone than fruit, but on the palate all the richness is there in spades - plums and poached plums, a compote of ripe red fruit, plums and blackberries. Not impossibly tannic, this can be held in the mouth, there's juice and more flow than in some past vintages here. Not for me at present as it does dry significantly on the finish, but certainly ambitious and this does have a sense of a fine terroir, so you feel it will get there in the end. Drinking range: 2030 - 2055 Rating: 93-94 L&S (Apr 2017)

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