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| ||Tasted by Purple Tooth on 12/29/2014 & rated 93 points: Solid aged Pomerol! Powerful and bright, still has life left to improve further. Cedar chest, Celery/Fennell, and melted fruit. This was a pleasant surprise..Worth seeking if you can find well stored bottles out there... (442 views)|
| ||Tasted by spillwine on 5/5/2013 flawed bottle: Oxydé (1877 views)|
| ||Tasted by Radboy on 1/12/2013 & rated 93 points: Amazing, yet subtle, complexity that you can only find in an older claret. (1988 views)|
| ||Tasted by AWBryce on 12/25/2012 & rated 94 points: Brownish red with bricking on the edge.|
Nose of amazing cedar and black liquorice, hints of candied plum.
Elegant yet powerful mouthfeel, with some still evident acidity and beautifully integrated tannins that helped bring out the subtle fruit. An amazing wine, 94pts. (1974 views)
| ||Tasted by slaughterer on 6/24/2012 & rated 90 points: Bright nose of cherry and spice. Palate of cassis, spicy plums, mushrooms, leather, dark cherries, and some sand and clay. Surprisingly clean and fresh and balanced. A success for this vineyard, but the favourable growing year helped out no doubt. (2840 views)|
| ||Tasted by Radboy on 4/9/2011 & rated 93 points: Drinking really well tonight with venison backstraps. Dark cherry fruit with hints of licorice and pencil lead. Just damn good juice. (3182 views)|
| ||Tasted by AndrewR on 12/29/2010 & rated 90 points: Translucent, almost pinot like in the glass, deep earth, black fruits, all fruit gone on the nose, palate similar. sort of one dimensional but silky, elegant pencil dirt, moderate finish. long cork though, hmmm. (2280 views)|
| ||Tasted by tooch on 11/5/2010 & rated 91 points: Ian's Birthday Dinner - (Cali & Bordeaux: 1975/1990/1995) (Alexandria, VA): Dark chocolate on the nose with ripe cherries and earthy tones. Good depth, "linen-like" mouthfeel and nice acidity on the finish. Really beautiful bottle. (2568 views)|
| ||Tasted by manonthemoon on 11/5/2010 & rated 91 points: 91-92 (2099 views)|
| ||Tasted by isaacjamesbaker on 11/5/2010 & rated 91 points: Cali Cabs and Bordeaux at Ian's (Alexandria, VA): the nose is full of dark chocolate, plums and cherry liquer. rich and plump on the palate, with silky tannins. smooth, dried fruit with a bit of savory on the finish. (2474 views)|
| ||Tasted by Radboy on 5/23/2010 & rated 92 points: Wonderful nose and soft fruit and mouthfeel. Had a nice earthy body as only a Bordeaux could have. Drinking in its prime and went quite well with our prime rib. (2249 views)|
| ||Tasted by tbabes on 1/31/2010 & rated 92 points: Base neck fill; opened about 30 minutes prior to dinner. A purple-ruby core with some garnet at the rim. A lovely bouquet; displaying mature and complex notes of blackberry, casis liqour, roasted meat, herbs, and a touch of barnyard. Medium-bodied in the mouth -- a certain joie de vivre -- with a velvety texture, good acidity, and fine concentration; nicely balanced. A long and complex finish. (2346 views)|
| ||Tasted by pjaines on 11/11/2009: 30 min decant. No bricking - wonderful nose - creamy liquorice nose, mouth - no tannins - sweet, deep fruit, taste hits down the middle of the tongue - no bitterness. White pepper notes - light of touch, stinks of class. Soft - some plum skin, some farmyard way off in the distance. No acidity - this is bang in the window. Rolling this around the tongue you just get roundness - integrated - no astringet tannins, plenty of fruit - needs duck or fillet steak - something less powerful. Soft, sexy, like a classy 45 year old Parisian cougar - although Khamen likens it to feshly tumble-dried towels. I prefer the Cougar comparison. This is at its zenith. (2403 views)|
| ||Tasted by tbabes on 10/26/2009 & rated 89 points: Base neck fill; the cork was sound. Ruby-red core with some bricking at the rim. Relatively straightforward bouquet of ripe dark fruits and barnyard. Medium-bodied, firm structure, decent concentration; a bit high-toned on the somewhat austere finish. (2473 views)|
| ||Tasted by Khamen on 9/19/2009 & rated 91 points: Bubbling along nicely but a strong impression there is still a way to go for this slightly monolithic mouthful. Very ripe fruit, a touch of rustic earth and no little charm. A bit of a bruiser, this is more about power than finesse but has fine balance and a creamy, frut-driven finish of 30 seconds+. Drinking very nicely now with a 2 hour decant but there is still plenty of structure here. To 2015? (2535 views)|
| ||Tasted by wineismylife on 12/4/2007 & rated 92 points: WIML92? Nice wine and drinking rather well at the moment. A bit more forward and almost brutish compared to the other 1990s we had at the same dinner. Drink or hold. (2795 views)|
| ||Tasted by pea on 3/25/2007 & rated 92 points: developed aromas of leather and barnyard with a sweet touch. Smooth in the mouth but with a firm backbone. Simply delicious. (3225 views)|
| ||Tasted by torourke on 12/24/2006 & rated 92 points: I liked how this wine has matured, typical older right bank but surprisingly still young, my cellar being kept at 56 degrees may have had something to do with this outcome. A smooth a delightful wine that finished just right. (3019 views)|
| ||Tasted by Paul D on 5/1/2003: Blackcurrant, bilberry, cedar - long blackcurranty finish. A- (18). (2646 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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