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| ||Tasted by LIE-user on 5/10/2015 & rated 91 points: Very nice. Consistent with my last note of this one. Perhaps slightly better than two years ago. However, lots of fun for a fair price. (246 views)|
| ||Tasted by GoBlue2002 on 2/16/2015 & rated 90 points: This was one of the more enjoyable Bordeaux I've had in awhile, despite my California-leaning palate and only 13% ABV.|
Smooth yet chalky tannins, and this went well with food. A bit lacking in fruit for my wife's palate, but I found this well balanced. Aromas and flavors of bramble, leather, tea, and spice. Just enjoyable.
Me - 91, Wife - 89. (652 views)
| ||Tasted by tb76 on 12/28/2014 & rated 91 points: Dark ruby, mild nose of rose, black fruit, with a mild dose of earthiness and minerality. Smooth and soft, this wine is ready to drink. Not sure how much it will age but most likely won't fall off for a year or two.|
| ||Tasted by Henry Miller on 12/7/2014 & rated 96 points: Sexy, opulent, but structured Merlot-dominant blend, with a tiny bit of modern Left Bank character and depth that allows it to transcend the varietal boundaries and avoid simply monolithic grandeur. This is as good as it gets under $100. from Pomerol. (1014 views)|
| ||Tasted by GEDC on 7/7/2014 & rated 92 points: Open and let it sit for 30 minutes it will open beautifully on the glass, you will be able to discover this sexy Merlot with every sip. (1686 views)|
| ||Tasted by Fat Lips on 7/4/2014 & rated 90 points: The bottom line: this wine has gusto with a good deal of longevity to carry it through for at least five more years. The color is a deep ruby with a tinge of brown at the rim. The nose is a bit tight showing leather, raw meat, violet, and dark berries. The palate boasts cherry, dark berries, and licorice but the fruit is not overbearing. Add to that black pepper, mushroom, some violet, and green pepper. What makes it for me is the hint of bitterness, the well balanced acidity, and the firm yet silky tannins that give the wine gusto. Enjoy it with a nice piece of grilled meat. An excellent companion to a well-seasoned pepper steak. (1557 views)|
| ||Tasted by Bellissimo on 5/10/2014: Found this to be a little mondern in that it was a fruit driven wine. Dark cherry / cassis with a little leather. Everything was nicely put together but the nose was a little tight and overall not real complex. Solid at the $30 I recently paid for it. Will hold my other ones for a while to see if anything shakes out. (1655 views)|
| ||Tasted by CotedeProvince on 4/20/2014 & rated 92 points: Full of fruit and still too tannic (1551 views)|
| ||Tasted by kalissa on 2/26/2014 & rated 89 points: Delicious if a bit straightforward at this point, drink over the next few years (1754 views)|
| ||Tasted by soyhead on 2/15/2014: Elegant with nice fruity backend, very fine tannins on the finish. Drinking well now. (1155 views)|
| ||Tasted by LIE-user on 12/21/2013 & rated 90 points: In the nose on the one side berries/cassis, on the other hand a smooth note of milk coffee.|
In the mouth a very nice example of fully ripe merlot. An undertone of smoke and tar.
Really nice! (1530 views)
| ||Tasted by slywka7 on 7/14/2013 & rated 91 points: This wine was suburb with aromas of loam, burning embers and cherry. The palate had flavors of game, cherry and a touch of smoke. Decanted for 4 hours then drank over the next 2 with rib eyes. Went very well although the blistering Summer heat had me sweating like crazy. Well worth it and should continue to age nicely. The 98 I had a year or two ago was drinking great! (2611 views)|
| ||Tasted by chrisanderika on 5/11/2013 & rated 89 points: Cinnamon stick , vanilla, and violet on the nose. Holds back on the fruit for the sake of velvet. Finish of good mineral water. An exercise in subtlety. (2530 views)|
| ||Tasted by CotedeProvince on 4/29/2013 & rated 90 points: Full bodied with strong Cabernet flavours, tannin still not fully resolved. Very good with the sunday roast. Needs to be decanted, quite a sediment to deal with! (2536 views)|
| ||Tasted by bevetroppo on 2/10/2013 flawed bottle: Clipped, odd, herbal, vegetal, it didn't have typical TCA-induced aspects but there's no way this was sound. Had already decanted it and kept hoping negative notes would blow off, but by the time I was done waiting I just didn't have the energy to pour it back in the bottle and attempt to return it, which I really should have done. (2991 views)|
| ||Tasted by Joegish on 2/7/2013 & rated 87 points: This bottle was weak....almost corked. funky stemmy, green flavors that did not blow off. Hope the rest of my bottles are like the previous ones. (2690 views)|
| ||Tasted by bwine on 1/31/2013 flawed bottle: Corked (1880 views)|
| ||Tasted by hdchappy on 1/3/2013 & rated 92 points: Earthy and very smooth with good solid dark fruit. Great buy! (2083 views)|
| ||Tasted by BeyondTheMargin.net on 11/13/2012 & rated 90 points: Good mid-range bordeaux. (2105 views)|
| ||Tasted by GEDC on 11/2/2012 & rated 92 points: Consistent with notes on 10/5/2012 (1825 views)|
| ||Tasted by GEDC on 10/19/2012 & rated 92 points: Same notes as previous bottle in 10/5/2012 (1889 views)|
| ||Tasted by GEDC on 10/5/2012 & rated 92 points: Decanted for 1H. Very sexy nose of blueberries, strawberries, leather, and toasty oak. It has improved significantly since my last bottle 04/25/2012. It would merit a 93 if the mid pallet had a little more fat to it. It is definitely coming together. A very nice sexy Pomerol for under $50 bucks. (1930 views)|
| ||Tasted by chuckreece on 9/4/2012 & rated 93 points: I found the structure of this wine to be amazingly precise. Perfect balance for fruit, tannins and acidity. Very integrated. Just lovely. Blackberry, tea, leather. (1989 views)|
| ||Tasted by GEDC on 4/25/2012 & rated 91 points: I concur with the previous statements that is showing a bit young and light weight. I hope it fattens up a bit with time. It could turn up to be quite fine! (2360 views)|
| ||Tasted by pifcho on 1/12/2012: After a series of three Napa cabs, I thought this would show terribly but I was very wrong! This had almost as much fruit as the Napas ahead of it, but came with unmatched elegance and precision. I thought it was very open, albeit still somewhat primary and a touch simple at this stage. Lots of cool blueberries dominated the palate. Nice clean finish. This was loved by everyone and was the clear winner on a good night at Peter Lugers. Solid A- (2922 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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