2011 Magdelaine, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1091001 92-94 points 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.  (4/2012)

92 points James Suckling

 Wonderful aromatic nose of flowers, blackberry and currants. Full body with fine tannins and a subtle finish. The ripe fruit and fine tannins are subdued right now but show potential for the vintage. This is the last vintage of this wine, as the vineyards have been amalgamated into Bélair-Monange. Better in 2017.  (2/2014)

89-92 points Stephen Tanzer's 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.  (5/2012)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Shows a light menthol note before giving way to a smoky, tobacco-infused core of plum and black cherry fruit, revealing perfumy black tea and singed sandalwood details that frame the finish. Seems restrained, with a chalky echo holding sway on the finish. Offers ample depth. Best from 2016 through 2024.  (3/2014)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Classic jammy cherry notes as well as a distinctive crushed rock and chalky minerality are found in this dark ruby-colored 2011. Medium-bodied, compact and narrowly constructed as well as pure, elegant and attractive, it can be enjoyed over the next 7-8 years.  (4/2014)

K&L Notes

Château Magdelaine's history stretches back to the mid-18th century, but like many Bordeaux properties it suffered from neglect. Fortunately, the JP Moueix group bought it in 1982, and they have worked tirelessly to restore it to its former glory. The vineyards, planted to Merlot and Cabernet Franc, are u-shaped, and the vines dig deep in the limestone soils St-Emilion is so known for.

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Staff Image By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/5/2014 | Send Email
A rustic style, leaner and more restrained. The tannins are a bit too dry for me, but it's done in an old-school style with some charm.

Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/5/2014 | Send Email
* Very structured wine with gobs of spice and blackberries.

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Saint Emilion