2007 Magdelaine, St-Emilion

SKU #1090405 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Performing much better than it did from cask, Magdelaine’s elegant 2007 (virtually all Merlot) exhibits a Chateauneuf du Pape-like kirsch component intermixed with licorice and spice. Supple-textured, medium-bodied, and fruity, it is ideal for drinking over the next decade.  (4/2010)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Moderately saturated dark red. Aromas of black cherry, licorice, menthol and tree bark, with a floral nuance. Supple and silky but a bit folded in on itself today, with reticent red and darker fruit flavors firmed on the end by iron and mineral nuances. Finishes with good breadth and chewy tannins. Began a bit inky and sullen but showed an enticing red-fruit character and growing vinosity with a bit of aeration. This needs at least a couple years to unwind.  (8/2010)

Wine Enthusiast

 A ripe, big solid wine, almost chunky in character, smooth and velvet in texture, without much in the way of tannins. Its attractive chocolate flavors give it ripeness and make it ready to drink.  (4/2010)

Wine Spectator

 Displays dark chocolate and berry aromas, with hints of dried dark fruits. Medium- to full-bodied, featuring fine tannins and a clean finish. Drink now.  (3/2010)

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Specific Appellation:

Saint Emilion