2020 Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion

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

There is a slight sense of greenness here which is surprising given the prodigious alcohol level, but it punctures the fruit and rather flattens the Merlot flavours. The oak is drying and this also manages to deaden the Merlot fruit. While I am tempted to come down hard on this wine, I can taste lovely foresty fruit notes right in the heart of this wine and so I will give it the benefit of the doubt, but it will take a jolly long time for this fruit to win the fight against the tannins and the oak! Rating: 17+ Matthew Jukes (Jun 2021)

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