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1996 Figeac, St.-Emilion

SKU #110411 Decanter

 Voluptuous palate, with rounded plum fruit supported by spiciness and emphatic tannins and acid.  (9/1999)

Jancis Robinson

 Very rainy growing season. 50% of grapes selected. (tasted from) Magnum. Solid, masculine nose. Looks much older than the 1998 magnum just tasted! Mid ruby. Strong fibre of minerality. Relatively light weight. Marked acidity and very cool. Some might call this skinny but it opened out in the glass and became sweeter. 17/20 points. (JR)  (9/2015)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Medium red, with a hint of amber at the rim. Roasted red plum, redcurrant, tobacco, humus and nutty oak on the nose. Sweet, slightly decadent flavors are deeper than those of the '96. A bit more supporting structure here. But also slightly dry on the finish, with reasonable length. (ST)  (5/1999)

Wine Spectator

 A light '96, but offers some very pleasant berry and chocolate aromas and flavors. Medium- to light-bodied, with fresh fruit and a light finish. Best after 2000. (JS)  (1/1999)

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Specific Appellation:

Saint Emilion