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| ||Tasted by vivt on 6/14/2014 & rated 90 points: red claret, color, closed initally then red fruit some age, brown rim, opened up as I ate some tobacco, chocolate, got better and better with long finish. amazingly alive for such an old wine. (1164 views)|
| ||Tasted by awinestory on 6/5/2011 & rated 98 points: cork broke ...|
garnet, med translucency (surprise) pale orange minsicus
nose: med+ intensity, very strong tobacco (pleasant), some dark fruit
palate: dry, acid med+, tannin med and sweet, body med alc est 13.5 finish med+
style: Rocking acidity after thirty-one years, this is a well-balanced wine with good integration of oak, acid, tannin. Delicious flavors of ripe black cherry, minerals, black licorice, a mint quality, and long luscious finish. Impossible to believe 31 years, though no one would say it is younger than 8 (3441 views)
| ||Tasted by Anonymous on 12/31/1994 & rated 89 points: No extra TN information to add. The wine is still in perfect balance; mature and powerful. Complex and refined. (4106 views)|
| ||Tasted by Anonymous on 12/18/1992 & rated 89 points: Dark ruby. Beautiful expressive bouquet with cassis and beautiful toasted oak. In the taste there is perfect acidity, currants and oak. The wine is medium to full bodied with good tannin. Mature now, but with still a future of several years. Great effort for the vintage. (3936 views)|
| ||Tasted by Anonymous on 2/3/1987 & rated 89 points: Deep dark purple; almost black. The bouquet is still closed, but there are some flowers…..am I imagining things? and good oak. The wine is firm and has complexity and refinement. What a great period for Guaud this is. A beauty, certainly considering the vintage. (4003 views)|
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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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The eight precisely defined appellations of the whole of the Médoc (from Blanquefort Brook to the north of the Bordeaux built-up area, almost to the Pointe de Grave) may claim the Médoc appellation. But there is also a specific territory in the north of the peninsula which produces exclusively wines with this appellation. In the great majority, the Médocs come from the north of the peninsula. The great individuality of this region is that the number of vines has increased more recently here than elsewhere, apart from a few isolated spots where vines have grown for many years. Today, the size of the small estate has brought about the development of a powerful co-operative movement. Four co-operatives out of five belong to the group called Unimédoc which ensures aging, bottling and marketing a large proportion of their wines.
St. Julien Read more detailed information on St. Julien and its wines The seventeenth century pioneers Traces are to be found of a Saint-Julien de Rintrac, perhaps Saint-Julien's earliest name, as from the thirteenth century. But we have to wait until the seventeenth century pioneers, urban and rural aristocrats, discover the exceptional merits of these terroirs.
Traces of this system still exist today in the structure of estates within the appellation: by the side of the two villages of Beychevelle and Saint-Julien, the large estates are heavily preponderant, representing more than four fifths of the total surface of vineyards.
The terrain is practically identical over all the commune. Only the proximity of the estuary, sometimes close, sometimes further away, can cause slight variations in climate. In fact, Saint-Julien-Beychevelle's layer of gravel takes the form of a huge rectangle over 3 miles long and 2 miles wide. And the alluvial deposits are particularly well fragmented into ridges of Garonne gravel of the early Quaternary. Accordingly, the vines are safeguarded from stagnant water.
The wines from the Saint-Julien appellation may be recognized by their unparalleled bouquet, particularly harmonious and mild. They have a fine deep colour and combine the finesse of their aromas and a solid constitution. They have body, are very rich in flavour and have a delicious and delicate bouquet.
Production conditions (Decree dated November 14, 1936)
In order to have the right to the Saint-Julien appellation of controlled origin, red wines must:
- come from the commune of Saint-Julien and from precisely defined parcels in the communes of Cussac, and Saint-Laurent, "excluding the parcels situated on recent alluvium and sand on impermeable subsoils",
- satisfy precise production conditions: grape-varieties (Cabernet-Sauvignon, Cabernet-Franc, Carmenère, Merlot Noir, Petit Verdot, Cot or Malbec), minimum of sugar (178 grammes - 6.27 oz. - per litre of must) degree (an acquired 10°5) base yield (45 hectolitres per hectare).