Good value St. Estephe wine. Tight on first pour, it needs a 45 minute decant to open up. Dark fruits and tobacco on the nose, full bodied, with a great mouthfeel and good finish. I loved it. This is big wine that needs a steak.
This is a different beast than the 06 tasted alongside. Pitch black, coffee, oak and sweet, ripe blackcurrants on the nose. Concentrated fruit and oak on the palate, balanced by good acidity. Just a bit over the top at the moment, but may come together with time as there seems to be good ageing potential. 89 for now.
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(Chateau Beau-Site St Estèphe) Cabernet Sauvignon 70%, Merlot 24%, Cabernet Franc 3%, Petit Verdot 3%. Yield 45 hl/ha. A dark cherry red here, and the aromas have a chalky, seashell, red fruit character. Bold on the palate, alcohol-infused tannins, and a rather grippy substance. Good plump fruit, a big chewy style, with a big roll-out of tannins in the finish. A little bold for my liking, perhaps surprising considering the percentage of Cabernet here.
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