Chateau Magdelaine 2010
Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Emilion, Bordeaux, France
The color is a deep vermilion with a purple reflection. The nose has a touch of vanilla with a brioche-like flavor, stewed fruits, blond tobacco and very ripe merlot, yet is fresh and delicate. On the palate there is a very fine and long tannic framework, a fine example of the type of wine found on the famous limestone plateau of Saint-Émilion. The wine also has touches of oak with current and bilberry fruits. This freshness is accompanied by a very long aromatic persistence backed by good acidity. To be enjoyed with fine food, the wines express a subtle balance between the natural suppleness of Merlot and the distinctive elegance imparted by the limestone soils.
"Jam-packed, with mouthfilling notes of blackberry preserves, crushed blueberry, plum skin and anise, showing loads of singed wood spice and briar for a lively texture. Stays supergrippy through the finish and needs a little time to round into form, but the range is serious and the length very impressive. Best from 2015 through 2030."
"Attractive nose with fresh leather, plums and orange peel at first. Opens up with raspberries and vanilla. Wonderful sumptuous fruit on the palate with a full body and good length. Smooth tannins and good complexity. Already very enjoyable."
"Attractive and elegant, as it always is, with hints of sweet strawberries, crushed chalk, raspberries and cherries, the wine is medium-bodied, relatively rich for a Magdelaine, with an attractive, heady mouthfeel and more suppleness, glycerin and power than this wine – usually a finesse-styled St.-Emilion – normally possesses. Drink it over the next 15-20 years."
The Wine Advocate
"As often, Magdelaine is a wine that is on the austere side, emphasizing minerality but not showing much at this stage. The acidity is tight, opening slowly to blackcurrant flavors.
Barrel Sample: 90-92 Points
"Deep purple-ruby. Fresh plum, cassis, sweet spices and coffee on the perfumed nose. Then big and rich on the palate, with a fleshy mouthfeel to the ripe red fruit and mineral flavors lifted by an intriguing note of white pepper. Finishes moderately long and smooth. Although I love Magdelaine's refined charm and rarely find the wine as light as some other critics do, I do think this version is almost too delicate.
Barrel Sample: 88-91 Points
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Learn About Chateau Magdelaine
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.
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