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|Drinking window: Drink between 2008 and 2015 (based on 4 user opinions)|
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Community Tasting Notes (average 24 notes) - and median of 90 pts. in hiding notes with no text
| ||Tasted by mattdathan on 4/13/2014 & rated 91 points: Lovely - smooth and elegant with a few years left in it yet. (501 views)|
| ||Tasted by Neuronstar on 4/10/2014 & rated 90 points: very good value. it gets better with decanting. day 2 is a significant improvement, which is why I give it a 90|
The wine looks crimson colored. The legs are medium. There is no sediment in the bottle. It smells like forest floor, mushroom, cedar, tobacco, stems, horsey, plum and blackberry. (472 views)
| ||Tasted by Fat Lips on 3/22/2014 & rated 90 points: Deep ruby color with earthy aroma of forest floor and mushroom plus a hint of plum and licorice. The palate offers cherry, blackberry, graphite, mineral notes, mushroom, and a hint of black pepper and spice. Nice structure with low acidity, low/medium tannins, and medium finish. This is an excellent Bordeaux made in the traditional way. A well balanced mixture of minerality and fruit. (511 views)|
| ||Tasted by Sauvyfan on 12/21/2013 & rated 90 points: This was a very nice bottle. Not a lot of length but beautifully balanced and silky smooth. Great value. (789 views)|
| ||Tasted by KCBrian on 12/21/2013 & rated 90 points: PNP with dinner. Fairly dark color. Nose is dominated by cedar and muted dark fruit. Now about half way through the bottle. Tastes of the dark fruits again and has some oak and cedar. A bit of tannins and saw dust. No real follow through but a very solid wine for 20 bucks! (839 views)|
| ||Tasted by sdhaliwal on 11/15/2013 & rated 92 points: Good with a burger. (673 views)|
| ||Tasted by behm0027 on 10/16/2013 & rated 89 points: Cedar, tobacco, and red fruit on the nose. Meat, dark fruits, and earth on the palate. Black pepper and leather on the finish. Nice grip from the tannins along with well balanced acidity. Medium bodied. Did not decant -- opened up after 30 minutes. (860 views)|
| ||Tasted by sdhaliwal on 10/14/2013 & rated 92 points: Drinking very well, unlikely to improve. (827 views)|
| ||Tasted by Winiac on 8/7/2013 & rated 88 points: Not a long finish but very finessed and elegant red fruit. (1027 views)|
| ||Tasted by Jgallup on 6/16/2013 & rated 90 points: Nice change from the Napa cabs I'm used to. Earthty, chewy, but with lots of favor. Enjoyed it with BBQ, seemed to pair well. (1142 views)|
| ||Tasted by Champagneinhand on 6/2/2013 & rated 91 points: Very different from the last bottle opened about 6 months past. The wine is really showing it cab Franc now, with dark cherries, black currant, forest earth and a touch of greener vegetal that makes you notice the CF. Nice but present tannins and acid keep this wine alive. Looks like it could be in its prime within another years or so, but no reason to wait. (1316 views)|
| ||Tasted by Champagneinhand on 3/9/2013 & rated 89 points: I don't know if this was still bottle shocked, but has been in the cellar for a month. This inky dark violet, Merlot based St. Emilion had dirty black fruit on the nose, like it had been picked up off the ground. A few notes of some oak integration, but not a whole lot going on the nose. The palate was much of the same with a heavy dose of wet earth and some mushrooms with the dark fruit. The tannins were quite chewy, nothing silky about this bottle. The acid was a bit low and the minerals just were not showing well. I'll hold the last bottle another year or 2. I think that a bit more time will help this wine, as it seems like its a bit shut down right now. (1638 views)|
| ||Tasted by dcasper on 10/28/2012 & rated 87 points: First experience with this wine. Not bad, no real funk but some earth/dirt on the nose. A lot of fruit on the nose, but not bad at all. (1655 views)|
| ||Tasted by Perkyleo33 on 8/4/2012 & rated 90 points: Medium dry, very earthy: mushrooms, leather, old cigar and dark fruits, plum. Medium body. Dark purple color. (1793 views)|
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..?
St. Émilion Grand Cru Les Vins de St. Émilion (Syndicate Vitocole de Saint-Emilion) – Read about St. Emilion