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| ||Tasted by Julian Marshall on 8/16/2013 & rated 91 points: Forest fruits, tobacco, then dark cherry and plum on the nose. A very silky mouthful of dark cherry, blackberry and plum, with a touch of mint. There's a refreshing crispness from the acidity which tightens the grip, giving the wine a sense of nobility lacking in so many 98s, for example. This is much better than it should be! (1646 views)|
| ||Tasted by PinkMoonWinery on 12/19/2011 & rated 85 points: Drank out of a Melchior, which definitely helps this wine. Classic BDX but with leather and a bit of dust, rather light though. (3140 views)|
| ||Tasted by Anonymous on 1/2/2010 & rated 89 points: Creamy, butter, metal and eucalyptus in the bouquet. Beautiful concentrated cassis and blackberry juice in the mouth. Good tannin, long finish. Young maturity stage now. No hurry. (3530 views)|
| ||Tasted by THA on 11/20/2009 & rated 89 points: An excellent wine. Expressive of time and place (i.e., vintage and terroir). Fully mature now. A full, sweet-tobacco nose of pure, fresh fruit. The mid palate keeps this wine from entering the 90+ "outstanding" category; but the generous, smooth, round finish guarantees the "excellent" rating. Recommended. Easily as good as some '99s that are two-and-three times the price, which makes this a real value at $27/bottle. (3805 views)|
| ||Tasted by Anonymous on 11/7/2009 & rated 88 points: Slightly smoky bouquet with cassis fruit as well. Juicy cassis on the palate. Good tannin. Some complexity. Ready now, but no hurry at all; it will stay on this level the next 2 or 3 years. (3636 views)|
| ||Tasted by DavidK on 2/10/2009 & rated 89 points: No formal notes. Went well with lamb during Christmas. (2918 views)|
| ||Tasted by ksmith on 7/16/2008 & rated 90 points: Unsure of the provenance of this bottle, but it presented well. Smokey, dark fruit - plum, black currant. Tobacco and forest floor, medium fruit on the palate finishes with some smooth tannins. Drinking well now, unlikely to improve. Drink up. (2619 views)|
| ||Tasted by grossie on 5/16/2008 & rated 91 points: After my last experience I though I should get to this one sooner rather than later. Dark red color, pretty opaque. The nose keeps changing- first it's smokey and charred, then I get more forest or mushrooms, then I get tobacco. There is definitely a good ripe fruity side. This has some body, showing strong dark fruit, slight earthyness, with good acidity and soft tannins. It finishes well, probably too well in that I can see myself finishing this bottle alone tonight (13% abv). This bottle is right in its drinking window. I thought the last one was over-the-hill while this one shines right now. For 1999 this is a real treat- showing good fruit, not too much austerity, while displaying great character. (2503 views)|
| ||Tasted by grossie on 4/16/2008 & rated 89 points: Medium color. Lots of sediment. Rich fruity nose atypical for the vintage with a ton of plum and a baked quality as well as a slight smokyness. At first this one had a little pucker left but over the course of the night this wine presented itself as fully mature and integrated. The fruit was ripe and sweet, with dark qualities, but by the end of the bottle I was feeling like this had gone completely soft. I don't know if this is typical of all of these bottles or just this one. Still this was a pleasure to drink, however I'll open my other one pretty soon. (2535 views)|
| ||Tasted by mikecase00 on 5/6/2006 & rated 87 points: I haven't had a bottle of this in a couple of years, but given the relatively positive reviews I've seen lately I thought I'd go ahead and pop open my last bottle. This wine has not aged as well as I had hoped it would. It still shows a youngish color in the glass, and the nose has evolved to show some interesting notes of peanut sauce and flowers, but there's just not enough fruit on the palate to really balance out the aditity and tannins so it finishes a little harsh. It's not a bad bottle, but it's not the 90+ point wine I'd hoped it would turn into. If I had more of these I'd plan to drink them over the next year or two. It's probably not going to start fading for several more years, but neither is it likely to improve much. (3437 views)|
| ||Tasted by cormyr on 4/21/2006 & rated 93 points: wow did this bottle age nicely. clean clear ruby purple hue. huge fruit bomb, plenty of tannin, structure and a long euphoric rolling finish. wow again. one of my favorites and for what i paid for it, by far the best wine deal i have ever gotten. so sad i only have one bottle left. (3681 views)|
| ||Tasted by Eric on 4/22/2005 & rated 89 points: Ahhh Bordeaux... Mmm, Merlot... Sweet, juicy, and loaded with dusty tobacco. I look forward to watching this unfold. This was very nice on day 1, tight, a bit thin on the mid-palate, yet eminently drinkable albeit a bit tight.|
DAY 2: This has unfolded well with a night of air. Tart red fruit has eased up a bit to show more exotic black and red fruit with nice acid and loads of silky, dusty tannins on the lush finish. The score is consistent with my last tasting (87 day 1, 89 day 2), and this is a spectacularly pleasuable wine at $25. (3849 views)
| ||Tasted by EricBe on 1/15/2005 flawed bottle: corked or otherwise gone bad... (4274 views)|
| ||Tasted by EricBe on 1/15/2005 & rated 88 points: Ahhhh...much better. Very clear that the other bottle just wasn't right. Subtle and restrained, this wine had a smooth finish. Muted flavors of chocolate and blackberry, but overall very held back. This wine is just opening up. (4189 views)|
| ||Tasted by Eric on 12/2/2003 & rated 89 points: At home with turkey pot-pie made from Thanksgiving leftovers (darned good pie!). Upon popping this wine open it was showing fairly tart, red fruit on the nose with a hint of tobacco in the background. This was not extremely powerful on the palate but not dilute either. The finish was marked by fairly chewy tannins and distinct acidity. With time the fruit moved more towards towards black-currant and the palate actually tightened up a bit. Despite this, I really liked this wine and found it quite approachable. It is definitely not your traditional Bordeaux, but it is not Napa either, as there is a hint of earthiness underneath all of that fruit. I started at around 89 points and then clicked back a couple of notches. That said, this is darned enjoyable juice at 87 points, and more flattering than this tasting note would suggest.|
DAY 2: Upgrade to 89. This is still tight, but now it shows lush black cherry and blackberry on the nose and intense minerality on the palate. It is definitely showing more earthy, dusty Bordeax character as well. A really nice drink! (3668 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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