2010 Magdelaine, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1067110 95 points Wine Spectator

 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.  (3/ 2013)

94 points James Suckling

 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. Last vintage.  (2/ 2013)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 As so often with Magdelaine, the wine shows severity and dark tannins. In 2010, that has produced a complex and dense wine that has firm tannins, dark black fruits and a feeling of austerity. It will always be a firm wine.  (3/ 2013)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 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. In the new St.-Emilion classification, this wine has been fully absorbed by the Moueix family’s other nearby historic estate, Belair-Monange, so this 2010 is something of a collector’s item.  (2/ 2013)

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

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Country:

France

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Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Saint Emilion