Chateau Magdelaine (Futures Pre-Sale) 2011
Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Emilion, Bordeaux, France
Wine Enthusiast - "A dark, dry wine that shows its strong, firm tannins. The wine is well structured, with flavors of mint, new wood and a layer of blackberry fruit.
Barrel Sample: 92-94 Points"
Wine Spectator - "Shows a darker profile, with boysenberry and linzer torte fruit, but stays supple, creamy and charming through the finish, with a floral lift at the end.
Barrel Sample: 90-93 Points"
International Wine Cellar - "Deep ruby-red. Lovely freshness and purity to the strawberry and white pepper aromas. Then nicely dense, suave and smooth on the palate, with excellent depth to its red fruit and spice flavors. The complex finish displays a peppery persistence. A highly successful Magdelaine for the vintage.
Barrel Sample: 89-92 Points"
James Suckling - "Pretty and balanced with delicious ripe fruit and fine tannins. Fresh acidity too. A nice density for the vintage.
Barrel Sample: 91-92 Points"
The Wine Advocate - "Fresh black cherry, licorice, kirsch and chalk-like notes are present in this medium-bodied, dark ruby-colored, classic effort. This mid-weight, lively 2011 is best drunk over the next 10-15 years.
Barrel Sample: 88-90 Points"
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Château Magdelaine Winery
This reputable Estate has a history that dates back to the mid-18th century. Jean-Pierre Moueix first acquired the property in 1952 and focused his efforts to restore the vineyard to its deserved glory. The property has recently undergone a major restoration of the buildings as well as an important renovation of the underground cellars.
The U-shaped vineyard is situated on the famous limestone terrace of Saint-Emilion as well as on a southern slope enjoying a sunny exposure. Cultivation and winemaking are under the supervision of the team of Establishments Jean-Pierre Moueix. View all Château Magdelaine Wines
About St-Emilion(saint eh-meel-YOHN)
A region named after the charming, quaint historical town in Bordeaux, St-Émilion is situated on the right bank of Bordeaux. It's grapes of choice are Merlot and Cabernet Franc (called Bouchet on the right bank). The region has its own classification system, updated and revised every few years. Two of the hottest chateaux of the area (and the only Premier Grand Cru Classé A) are Chateau Ausone and Chateau Cheval Blanc.
St.-Émilion produces the most wine on the right bank of Bordeaux. As most of its wine is based primarily on Merlot, St-Emilion wines are described as having finesse and elegance. The best wine of the region can last upward of 10-20 years, like a good left-banker, but many find that the wines here matuer earlier than those based on Cabernet Sauvignon. The soils in the area differ greatly, from gravel to limestone to clay and sand. As a result, the wines of this region are diverse. Quality wines display silky tannins and ripe, soft fruit – the higher quality wine showing full-bodied texture and layers of complexity.
About France - Other regionsWhen it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.