2008 Magdelaine, St-Emilion
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A sleeper of the vintage, this well-executed 2008 St.-Emilion exhibits a dark plum/ruby/purple-tinged color as well as a glorious bouquet of sweet black cherries, licorice and powdered limestone, a good texture, medium to full body and a pure style. Combining substance with finesse, it should age effortlessly for 15+ years.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright medium ruby. Perfumed aromas of pomegranate, blackcurrant, aromatic herbs and violet. Sweet and lively on the palate, with vibrant acidity lifting the red fruit and mineral flavors. Finishes smooth and long, with very polished tannins. Medium-boded and surprisingly easy to drink already, but has the stuffing to age well for another 15 years.
Ripe fruit, with sweet tannins. It is quite light with fresh acidity and attractively balanced, with flavors of dried raisins and final acidity.
Dark and fleshy, with a cocoa note leading the way, followed by braised fig, black currant and mulled spice notes. The broad, toast- and tobacco-filled finish has a slightly lumbering feel, but there's enough density to wait it out. Drink now through 2016.