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2016 Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion

Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
Sub-district Saint Emilion & Satellites
Village Saint Emilion
Classification Grand Cru Classé
ABV 14.5%

Deep colour, a nose that is fresher than the Beauséjour Duffau tasted before. Cool weight of ripe pure fruit, but under that there's black tannin and a certain dryness. Drying finish. But fresher than the Beauséjour Duffau. Drinking range: 2028 - 2045 Rating: 92-93 L&S (Apr 2017)

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