Category: St-Emilion

2012 Château Le Grand Faurie Saint-Émilion Grand Cru

2012 Château Le Grand Faurie Saint-Émilion Grand Cru

Impressive full, dark red color. Exuberant scent with impressions of red fruit (berries), wood and a hint of truffle. The taste is full, generous and supple and is characterized by soft tannins. Long, soft finish with soft tannins.

Typical Grand Cru Saint-Emilion, with emphasis on merlot plus some cabernet franc with a hint of cabernet sauvignon and malbec. There’s a bit of earth and mushroom in the flavors, which is rather appealing. Drinking well now but will develop over the next 6 years or so.

Bordeaux, St-Émilion

Marked by its historic fortified village—perhaps the prettiest in all of Bordeaux, the St-Émilion appellation, along with its neighboring village of Pomerol, are leaders in quality on the Right Bank of Bordeaux. These Merlot-dominant red wines (complemented by various amounts of Cabernet Franc and/or Cabernet Sauvignon) remain some of the most admired and collected wines of the world.

St-Émilion has the longest history in wine production in Bordeaux—longer than the Left Bank—dating back to an 8th century monk named Saint Émilion who became a hermit in one of the many limestone caves scattered throughout the area.

Today St-Émilion is made up of hundreds of independent farmers dedicated to the same thing: growing Merlot and Cabernet Franc (and tiny amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon). While always roughly the same blend, the wines of St-Émilion vary considerably depending on the soil upon which they are grown—and the soils do vary considerably throughout the region.

The chateaux with the highest classification (Premier Grand Cru Classés) are on gravel-rich soils or steep, clay-limestone hillsides. There are only four given the highest rank, called Premier Grand Cru Classés A (Chateau Cheval Blanc, Ausone, Angélus, Pavie) and 14 are Premier Grand Cru Classés B. Much of the rest of the vineyards in the appellation are on flatter land where the soils are a mix of gravel, sand and alluvial matter.

Great wines from St-Émilion will be deep in color, and might have characteristics of blackberry liqueur, black raspberry, licorice, chocolate, grilled meat, earth or truffles. They will be bold, layered and lush.

2016 St-Émilion Grand Cru Château Marquis de Mons

Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon are the go-to trio for many of Bordeaux’s producers for a reason – when they join forces, the resulting wines are dynamic, expressive, and a real treat. The 2016 Saint-Émilion Grand Cru bottling by Chateau Marquis de Mons fits the bill with a core of plump, dark berries that are bolstered by wildflowers, toast, and generous spice notes. Firm tannins and vibrant acidity ensure the wine’s longevity, and at an astonishing 71% off, you’ll want to stock your cellar up!

“…inviting aromas of blackberries and cherries woven together with florals, tobacco, minerals and hints of light spice notes that all take shape beautifully in the glass. This well structured, medium-plus bodied red displays a lovely touch of underlying acidity, which keeps beautifully balanced through the long finish.”

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2015 Puy-Blanquet, St-Emilion

Full-bodied, ripe, sexy blend of 75% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon,

The Puy Blanquet estate is owned by Madame Marcelle Jacquet, and sits on the eastern side of Saint Émilion. This area’s clay soils are mixed with limestone, imparting both concentration and perfume to the wines grown here. The wine is composed almost entirely of Merlot, with a small percentage of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon blended in.

Overlooking the Dordogne valley in the heart of Saint-Etienne de Lisse, Chateau Puy-Blanquet has northern and eastern blocks that enjoy the morning sunshine. There are 49.42 acres of planted acreage on soils of clay and chalk. The wines produced in this area are fresh and generous.

The 2015 is classic and food friendly, and appeals to a variety of palates. With a definite concentration of black and red berry fruit, the wine maintains elegant tannin and acidity structure to give it definition. The aromatics are stunning. Full and expressive violet, cassis, plum and anise dominate, and the layers of fruit, spice and earth notes are endless. Although it’s young, the beauty of the 2015 vintage is that the wines are open, balanced, and drinkable now. However, if this does make its way to your cellar it will certainly go the long haul.