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+
Le Sommellier. Quite open nose directly from bottle. Cedar, dried leaf, forest, blackberries. On the palate medium body with good sweetness, some tartness and clear trace of tannins which have softened with age. Holding up nicely, no rush.
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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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