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| ||Tasted by Collector1855 on 7/25/2015 & rated 89 points: At a merchant tasting. Dark purple. Reserved nose of dark fruit, chocolate. Medium-full bodied on the palate with young structure, a bit alcoholic and short for a higher note, good freshness though. Young, will need some time, overall balance not bad, so it will probably add a point when ready. Wait. (109 views)|
| ||Tasted by Anonymous on 10/21/2014 & rated 92 points: Pretty similar to previous notes. This is bright and forward, the fruit is striking. There is a kind of steeliness on the finish that is welcome and interesting. I really like this, especially at the $30 I paid for it. (1688 views)|
| ||Tasted by Anonymous on 3/3/2013 & rated 93 points: I compared this to the '09 of the same wine on the same night. The '10 is that bit more serious, more weight and complexity, and surprisingly a little cheaper. I just bought whatever K&L had left of the '10; a gem for the price. Lovely acidity with a steely backbone. The '09 was more simple, less structured and just not as interesting to my palate, even though it is a bit more expensive.. (3991 views)|
| ||Tasted by Anonymous on 10/30/2012 & rated 90 points: Beautiful bouquet with ripe dark forest fruits. Slightly sweet start in the mouth with ripe dark fruits again. Sticky tannin and bitterness. Ok acidity. The finish is not extremely long. (4066 views)|
| ||Tasted by Jeff Leve on 4/22/2011 & rated 89 points: Using 51% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc and a small portion Petit Verdot, the wine opens with licorice, blackberry and cassis scents. Medium/full bodied, the wine ends with a cherry, chocolate and fennel finish. 88-90 (4805 views)|
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View From the Cellar, Mar/Apr 2011, Issue #32, The 2010 Bordeaux Vintage: Very Ripe, Very Tannic and With Just A Few Great Successes
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|By Chris Kissack|
Winedoctor, April 2011
(Chateau Larmande (St Emilion)) Another dark crimson wine, with a fresh pink rim. An attractive fruit coulis style here, although it is composed and rather elegant. There are dark fruits mixed in, dark berries, blueberry too, with a touch of cream to freshen and light it. The palate has a lovely composition at the start, a bright fruit character, more forest fruits, blended and mixed with a light cream. Fresh raspberry acids, and a good grip beneath, very appropriate for the body of the wine. This is a very impressive showing for Larmande which seems to have maintained a good sense of elegance in this vintage. Pure, lightly chalky fruit, a touch feminine, and really appealing. 16.5-17. points
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Red Bordeaux Blend Read about the grapes used to produce Bordeaux The variety Red Bordeaux Blend in CellarTracker implies any blend using any or all of the five traditional Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. As such, this is used worldwide, whether for wines from Bordeaux, Meritages from California and Canada, some Super-Tuscan wines etc.
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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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