Dark garnet color turning crimson at the rim with a transparent edge. The nose is effervescent with hints of eucalyptus, menthol, dark berries, Saint Emilion earth and dried herbs. The palate is delicious and full-bodied with a velvety texture. Flavors of dark cherry, black currant, espresso, dark chocolate, licorice, and spice form the core. Elegantly-balanced, fleshy, and robust. Finishes long and spicy with hints of earth, cloves and thyme. Great stuff! Drink now until 2026. 93+
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(Chateau Beau-Séjour-Bécot (St Emilion)) A glossy, vibrant crimson-red hue. Rather a polished style on the nose, showing attractive fresh summer fruits with a little dark, sweet richness to them. Some polished oak too. Rather a dry style on entry, a very reined-in flesh here, softening in the midpalate, showing good fruit, spicy and dark, and good structure too, with a resounding flourish of ripe tannins at the finish. Dark red fruit character, sweetly ripe raspberry moving into darker black cherry, with creamy vanilla on top. A restrained composition on the palate though, and a solid structure.
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