Lussac St. Émilion, Libournais

Château Bellefont-Belcier

St. Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend 2018

It’s time for some Merlot on this#MerlotThursday.

Ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

On the nose, plums, black currants, strawberries, sweet cherries, light cedar, licorice, vanilla, earth, herbs, chocolates, tobacco, spices, dark coffee and black pepper.

Medium plus in body and soft, with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with currants, black plums, cherries, oak, light vanilla, spices, dark chocolates, coffee, peppercorn, earth, light vegetables and herbs.

Medium finish with fine tannins, tangy raspberries and peppercorn.

This young Bordeaux from Saint Émilion is already showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

Tasty and interesting. Tangy and rich. Needs a couple of hours to open up properly.

Still young, but starting to drink nicely now. I am surprised of how approachable it is already. Still a little unbalanced, and needs another few years in the bottle to mature properly. Would be nice to revisit it in 5 years.

This 2018 vintage is showing a lot of potential. A little lighter than the 2016 I had a couple of weeks ago.

A good quality wine that will age nicely in the next 15 to 20 years.

I paired it with Brie cheese and crackers.

A blend of 68% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

— 10 days ago

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Château Fombrauge

Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend 2015

Ken Z

Drank 4/27/21. Paired with burgers, but this calls for a steak.

Nose of raspberry coulis, plums, and an earth/almost petrol note, that remains even after a couple of hours (I'm ok with this). Black cherry, blackberry, plums, earthand tar, mingle with medium plus tannins on the palate. Finishes dark, with blackberry and tar which go on for around 50 seconds

4/21/8/4/4 +50 =91 pts.

Drink now for primary fruit, but should hold for another 10-15 years.
— 12 days ago

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Château Fonplégade

Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend 2010

Soft. Good fruit profile but lacking acid. Better it’s being drunk now then a year from. — 5 days ago

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Château du Parc

Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend

2015 vintage. This 5.5 hectare estate was owned by famous consultant Alain Raynaud who sold it in 2016 to Tom Sullivan. Mainly Merlot with 20% Cabernet Franc. Attractive nose with red fruits, cedar wood and a hint of truffle. Structured, a little severe still, but good balance and complexity. Will benefit from further bottle ageing. Decanting recommended if you want to enjoy it now. — 3 days ago

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Couvent des Jacobins

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend 2015

2015 vintage. 85% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc and 4 % Petit verdot. Only the second vintage with Petit Verdot in the blend from a plot planted in 2011. Classic old school Saint-Emilion, build to age. Don't expect a flashy wine, but an understated balanced gentleman. — 3 days ago

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Clos Labarde

St. Émilion Grand Cru 2016

Dark red purple. Abundant nose of cedar and black raspberry. Medium full palate yields black raspberry, dried plum (not prune), red licorice, light graphite. Juicy medium plus acidity. Medium plus tannins. Medium finish. Classic French food wine that’s ready for lighter cuts of beef and hearty Sud-Ouest stews (drop a cup or so in the stew to make your own Julia Childs moment!). Drink now through 2026. — 6 days ago

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Château Croix de Labrie

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend 2010

2020 primeur. A spectacular effort from this tiny estate. 92 % Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon. Deep dark red. Impressive nose, even at this stage, with black and red fruit, flowers and subtle spices shining through the slightly smokey classy oak. Impressive concentration with layers of fruit, perfectly balanced acidity, well-integrated fully ripe tannin and a knock-out finish with retronasal fruit and spices. This is absolutely of Premier Grand Cru Classé level. — 7 days ago

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Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes

Comtes de Neipperg St. Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend 1999

Funky on the nose but is vibrant on the palette. Earthy and dry with a long 30 second minty finish. The finish is the showstopper If only the nose was better I would have rated higher. This one has less than 7 years of life. Drink now — 4 days ago

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Château Bernateau

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend 2015

Color of dried blood and purple, quite dark. Nose of black cherry, tobacco leaves, leather, cigar box, chocolate, and strength of alcohol. Nose is refined, and indicates quality Bordeaux. Taste follows the nose, with nice dark fruits, good acidity, matured tannins, more oak, and mostly dried, and pack with flavors. Aftertaste is long and dominated by the oaky note, good tannins, and ripe grape. You can fool people to claim she is >$80. A beauty. — 15 days ago

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