2000 Ferrand Lartigue, St-Emilion

SKU #1003075 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A limited production St.-Emilion, this estate has developed a considerable following for its user-friendly, lavishly fruited and oaked wines. From bottle, the 2000 Ferrand Lartigue has weight, expansiveness, structure as well as tannin, suggesting 1-2 years of cellaring is warranted. Cassis, licorice, tobacco smoke, and sweet fruit provide an expressive, medium to full-bodied personality. Long, pure, and impressively built, it will be drinkable between 2005-2015. This is accessible enough to drink young, but it has more structure than previous vintages. (RP)  (4/2003)

Wine Spectator

 A crisp and refined red. Beautiful aromas of crushed berries, earth, spice and toasted oak follow through to a medium-bodied palate, with medium, well-integrated tannins and a fresh finish. A lot of bright acidity. Best after 2006. (JS)  (7/2003)

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Saint Emilion