This was totally off and disjointed for the first hour. Dark ruby color. Really dark fruit, lots of truffle, sous bois, and sweet tobacco. Medium-bodied. Started out with some heat on the finish, which eventually resolved. Finish a bit short, a bit tart. Tannins almost fully resolved. I am somewhat shocked to see the CT drinking window to be 2025-2075; if anything, this wine is nearing the end of its drinking window.
Fragrant nose of dark plums and smoky minerals. Rather full and rich with flavors of black fruits and graphite minerals. Dense and complex with high-pitched acids. Still tannic on the finish and slightly harsh but this is still young and seems to have the weight and material to balance out the acids in the long run. A big-boned Magdelaine that holds some promise for the future. 91+
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(Chateau Magdelaine St Emilion) This is a small estate, with just 10.5 ha of vines encircling the chateau. These are Merlot 90% and Cabernet Franc 10%, although this year had less Cabernet Franc in the blend. A moderate density of colour, with sweet, plump, black fruits and some oak. A beautiful texture on the palate, with a velvet edge. It is firm and balanced, with fine tannins and great, fresh acidity. Concentrated, with violet and liquorice flavour. Straightforward but complexity may come with time.
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