2010 Gracia, St-Emilion

SKU #1156400 99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 From very small yields of 22 hectoliters per hectare, this wine flirted with perfection on each occasion I tasted it. It is a sensational effort - if you can find it. The wine is dense purple and stunningly rich, with lots of crushed rock and chalky notes from the limestone soils as well as blueberry and black berry liqueur intermixed with some smoky barbecue and an aroma that reminded me of tea-smoked duck. Thick, rich and full, its glycerine and concentration hide some rather lofty tannins This is another prodigious effort from proprietor Michel Gracia - it’s just a shame he doesn’t make more wine. This miniature jewel of a property (all approximately five acres of it) has produced a world-class wine that is one of the superstars of the 2010 vintage although the impossibility of acquiring any of it is frustrating.  (2/2013)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright full medium ruby. Superripe aromas of blackberry, mocha, minerals, licorice and smoked duck. Superconcentrated and powerful, with huge density and chewiness to the penetrating flavors of black raspberry, blueberry, bitter chocolate and smoky oak. This wine's chewy minerality gives it real eclat. Most impressive today on the very long, building finish, which saturates the mouth with big but sweet tannins and dark fruits. A classic vintage for Michel Gracia's tiny boutique wine.  (7/2013)

91 points James Suckling

 Very fruit forward, with loads of wood now, but it's bright and fruity.  (4/2011)

91 points Wine Spectator

 A modern, toasty style, but sleek, with the vanilla bean and espresso notes melding nicely into the core of steeped plum and blackberry fruit. The long finish lets the espresso note weave on, with flashes of tobacco, cocoa and licorice snap as well. Best from 2014 through 2024.  (3/2013)

Jancis Robinson

 Blackish crimson. Overripe notes on the nose. Very glossy and seductive on the palate with some saltiness. It almost tastes Argentinean! A bit tough and bitter on the finish. This is almost very good and certainly has a lovely long finish. Very modern, slightly exaggerated style with drying tannins on the finish.  (2/2014)

K&L Notes

75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Varietal:

Merlot

- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.
Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Saint Emilion

Alcohol Content (%): 15