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| ||Tasted by bestdamncab on 4/1/2015 & rated 90 points: Bright plum color in the glass, nose of blackberry, plum, forest floor, and a touch of barnyard, more of the same on the palate, almost inky, mouth coating, tasty with basil salmon, soft and supple, touch simple, medium/big body, long finish and pleasant aftertaste. (230 views)|
| ||Tasted by fdusonchet on 10/18/2014 & rated 92 points: Très délicat note de cuire et de sous bois fruit tj présent et bouche juteuse (633 views)|
| ||Tasted by mouton45 on 8/24/2013 & rated 89 points: Drank it with a grilled ribeye last night. OK but I think it needs more time (1876 views)|
| ||Tasted by renatodug on 7/12/2013 & rated 87 points: Nez de bois et de cuir. Peu de fruit. Très puissant, manque un peu de finesse. (1925 views)|
| ||Tasted by khmark7 on 9/13/2012 & rated 86 points: Very smooth...very boring. Not much herbal character, fruit or complexity. This wine is being overwhelmed by multi-grain bread. (3005 views)|
| ||Tasted by SanPietroJohn on 10/25/2011 & rated 90 points: hoping this improves with age...had great hopes when first tasted (3839 views)|
| ||Tasted by randymac88 on 10/11/2011 & rated 88 points: A little flat, uninteresting. Not bad but I've had better for the price. (3504 views)|
| ||Tasted by edub7 on 5/29/2011 & rated 89 points: Tasted last week, smoked fruit, earthy, black cherries, dust, slightly mature fruit, good life, and decent finish. I think this wine is currently in an in-between phase. The fruit while still fresh is leaning more on that muted mature side, and I think it needs to go one way or the other. Since there is no going back, I would hold for a few more years and hope that it develops more dimension and complexity. (2864 views)|
| ||Tasted by Veloman on 5/15/2011: Dark opaque purple, seemed still young at 10 years. Plenty of dark fruit, earthiness, vaguely tar/earth on the finish. Tannins a little intrusive on the finish, but overall drinking well and perfect with charred rare burgers as Sox sweep Yankees. (2755 views)|
| ||Tasted by Anonymous on 10/29/2010 & rated 90 points: Popped and poured. Dark, quite dense in the glass, looks very young. Dusty cocoa, purple sweetish fruit. Grainy mouthfeel, but nice balance, no heat and smooth mid palate. Long finish. Nice St Emilion, good value, drinking well - easy 5-8 years to go and I think it will develop further in the bottle. (2625 views)|
| ||Tasted by Fozziedoggie on 6/9/2010 & rated 89 points: Opened and double-decanted for 45 minutes. Initially on the nose: meaty with iodine and dark fruit and some cocoa. Decanting helped smooth out the mouth-feel; medium bodied and lush. Taste was dark fruit, leather and spice in that order. For the price paid ($25) a good solid Bordeaux. Plenty of cellar life to go, but drinking quite nicely now. (3256 views)|
| ||Tasted by Bordeauxman on 1/31/2010 & rated 87 points: Concentrated purple, oak, barrel nose. Still tanic. Forest floor taste. It is powerful but lacks elegence. I doubt that it will evolve to be a 90 pt wine. Drink it up and make space for more wine! (3311 views)|
| ||Tasted by djdaqm on 9/15/2009 & rated 89 points: Very dark color, almost opaque, which was surprising considering this was an '01 St. Emilion. Dense meaty smell with alcohol coming through. Dry and finely integrated tannins throughout. Length of 20 secs. Camphor or menthol on front palate that gradually fades and doesn't evolve much. Still a little tough and despite dense color it doesn't have huge fruit. Touch of charcoal, chalk, and black tea.|
After 1.5 hours of decanting, the wine mellowed considerably. Alcohol blew off. Still had meaty smell, but with pleasant chalk and cassis as well. More mellow on the palate, but still somewhat astringent. Definitely recommend decanting. (3596 views)
| ||Tasted by Cphofmann on 8/8/2009 & rated 90 points: Good solid wine. Aromas of blackberries and spices followed through to a full-bodied palate, with fine tannins and a long silky finish. (713 views)|
| ||Tasted by Vin Rouge on 7/4/2009 & rated 90 points: Nice full body wine with bold fruit and surprisingly subtle finish. Not overly bitter/tannic. Great to drink now. Good value. (3646 views)|
| ||Tasted by Anonymous on 4/21/2009 & rated 89 points: Soft and elegant. Fairly full bodied. Black fruits. Well integrated oak. Nice balance between sweetness and acidity. Still youthfull, but already pleasureable. The soft tannin promises a future of some more years( 3 - 5) , but not for extreme long keeping. (3722 views)|
| ||Tasted by geographist on 12/3/2008 & rated 90 points: I am a habitual California wine drinker who is just not accustomed to decant wine (in fact, I am a young drinker of whom doesn’t have enough patience to wait), I am not entirely new to the Bordeaux style and already have enough schooling about how to appreciate the nuances of the particular terroir of the region. Upon opening it is still very tight and light in body with a sharp tannic attack, while the bouquet is rather developed as I could feel the fruit aroma has converted beyond its organic stage. I carefully consulted with all other reviews across the vintages.. and I learned to drink it slowly in hope to boost the quality steadily.. And the improvement is magnificent after mins of in glass swinging. I could delineate the more subtle merlot and the more characteristic cabernet fanc gradually.. The palate has a note of distinctive earth and the aftertaste is of medium length and quite alkaline in response to the acidic nature of the wine. The major reason for me to write this review ( my 1st ever wine review indeed) is because oft its exceptional complexity.. The structure is very robust without the sign of commercial leaning of any sort. I would say the structure is dominated by cherry oak + tobacco + a not so fruity berry scent. In addition, the terroir component is very occupied in this wine.. I can feel both the context and the smell of quartz.. Overall, it is quite an adventure for a young wine drinker hailed from Hong Kong.. it introduced me into a new territory away from the friuty, high alcohol and viscous Californian heritage. I have tried some decent $ 20 Bordeaux wines which yielded some medium bodied, lower alcohol elegant wines.. Cht. Faugeres at around $30 is a good choice to explore the complexity potential for the right bank of Bordeaux.. (drink 2008-2015) 90 points (3282 views)|
| ||Tasted by Rob MacKay on 9/10/2008 & rated 88 points: My last bottle. This one was more in line with the previous bottles from a year ago with good berry flavors mixed with earth and a dry and slightly tannic finish. The dry finish actually made it a great match for a bbq'd steak. Based on my impression of having 4 bottles of this wine over the course of a year I would say that I was happy with it and that for around $30, it was a pretty good deal. The score ranged I ended up with was 87-90, which I think is reasonable. IWC and WA both put it at 90. There is a chance you might still find this at the local Costco. If you do, pick up a bottle and have it with your next steak dinner. (3915 views)|
| ||Tasted by Rob MacKay on 6/24/2008 & rated 87 points: Costco just got a new batch of this wine in and based on my notes on the previous couple of bottles from 6+ months ago I decided to pick up a couple more of these since the price had only increased by about $4 a bottle. This time around the wine is definitely not up to par with the same bottles from my previous purchase. There is a nice earthy element on the nose with decent fruit but the complexity wasn't there like it was before. It is still quite enjoyable and a good deal for the price but I was more impressed the first time around. (4007 views)|
| ||Tasted by spendergast on 4/25/2008 & rated 90 points: Medium to full body. Dark fruit with hint of earth, cocoa, tannins somewhat prominent, medium finish. Excellent value. (4109 views)|
| ||Tasted by Ivin on 3/29/2008: At first, this wine seemed pretty good, but after a few hours of air, I again noted an over-ripeness - plum veering towards raisins - that I despise. Some many not consider this a flaw. (4175 views)|
| ||Tasted by schway on 1/27/2008 & rated 88 points: Nice aromatics: dark fruit, meat, tar, wood, licorice, graphite, earth. After an hour and a half decant, was pretty open and forward, with moderate tannins and good acidic lift. Palate shows plenty of blackberry and black currant fruit, but gets a little bitter on the back end. Medium bodied. Medium finish. By, the 2nd day, had really thinned out. Quite hollow on the mid palate, and much more bitter on the finish. My guess is that this is close to, if not already at its peak. close to a 90 on the 1st day. 84 on the 2nd. (4469 views)|
| ||Tasted by Rob MacKay on 1/8/2008 & rated 90 points: Pretty much the same as the previous bottle. At $30 I definitely should have purchased more of these. Drinkable now and still has some room for improvement over the next year or two. (4491 views)|
| ||Tasted by Rupert on 1/5/2008 & rated 88 points: A lot of liquoricy black fruit, some spice, smooth - good characteristic St Emilion (4400 views)|
| ||Tasted by wcacern on 11/17/2007 & rated 88 points: Over 90 / Under 30; fall festival (Wine Exchange): WA90. WS90. 13.5% alcohol. Prunes, tar, molasses, cocoa, earth, and oak. med. to full bodied. firm tannins... not my style. (4868 views)|
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Saint Emilion Grat Classified Growth, Classified Growths, Grands Crus Classes, GCC
In 1954, while the "Graves" growths had just published their own classification, the wine syndicate of Saint-Emilion, composed by wine growers, brokers and wine traders with the approval of the INAO - Institut National des Appellations d'Origine (A.O.C), decided to work on a classification for the wines of Saint Emilion. Initially, four grades were defined. These were reduced to two - First Great Classified Growth (A and B) and Great Classified Growth - in 1984.
As of Medoc's 1855 historical grading, the Saint-Emilion Great Classified Growth classification is not only based on qualitative criteria by tasting the wines on a ten years period previous to the assessment, but also on commercial considerations such as:
- sales price levels
- national and international commercial distribution
- the estate's reputation on the market
Properties who don't manage to join the club of about sixty Classified Growths are given the denomination of Great Growth ("Grand Cru"), while the remaining wineries of the A.O.C are simply reported as "Saint-Emilion". It is to be noted that the owners must officially apply to appear in the official classification. Thus for example the famous Chateau Tertre-Roteboeuf, whose quality and reputation would easily justify to be listed among the First Great Classified Growths, does not appear here by the will of its owner, François Mitjaville.
The Saint-Emilion Great Growth classification was revised in 1969, 1985, 1996 and 2006. The only two guaranteed vintage (A.O.C) who can apply to the classification are the "Saint-Emilion Grand Cru" and "Saint-Emilion" areas.
By grading 61 properties, the 2006 revision confirmed many growths from the former classification, but also caused a number of surprises and a few inevitable disappointments. Many observers thought that the impressive progression of Perse's Chateau Pavie since 1998 would be rewarded by an upgrade into the First Great Classified Growths (A) category, but finally such was not the case.
Among the estates promoted to the First Great Classified Growths B category are Chateau Troplong-Mondot and Pavie-Macquin, whose efforts made since the Nineties fully justify their new grade. It should be noted that no First Great Classified Growth was relegated to the lower Great Classified Growth class.
Promoted growths from the status of Great Growth ("Grand Cru") to Great Classified Growth ("Grand Cru Classe") are: Chateaux Bellefont-Belcier, Destieux, Fleur Cardinale, Grand Corbin, Grand Corbin-Despagne and Monbousquet.
The demoted growths from the status of Great Classified Growth to Great Growth are: Chateaux Bellevue, Cadet Bon, Faurie de Souchard, Guadet Saint-Julien, La Tour du Pin-Figeac (Belivier), La Tour du Pin-Figeac (Moueix), Lamarzelle, Petite Faurie de Soutard, Tertre Daugay, Villemaurine and Yon-Figeac. If the recent samples of some of the above mentioned properties may justify their current downgrade, there are great chances that estates like Bellevue, Tertre Daugay or Yon-Figeac will be upgraded to their previous rankings by the next revision in 2016 as the progresses noted after 2000, but not entering in the range of vintages (1993 - 2002) appointed for the criteria of selection for the 2006 classification, are noticable.
The two following estates have completely disappeared from the Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classification: Curé-Bon-la-Madeleine (integrated meanwhile to Chateau Canon) and La Clusière (integrated meanwhile to Chateau Pavie).
Finally, no estate considered as "garagiste" has integrated the classification. Valandraud, Mondotte, Le Dome, Bellevue-Mondotte or Magrez-Fombrauge have, for the least, the potential to be ranked as Great Classified Growths. In sight of the very fine quality reached by the above mentioned estates in recent vintages as well as all the innovative wine making methods used by the "garagistes", it remains to be seen whether the authorities will dare to cross the line in 2016..?
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