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2016 Badette, St-Emilion

SKU #1402564 95 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark A straight-up thrill ride of a Saint-Emilion, the 2016 Château Badette comes from a complex mix of clay and sandstone soils and checks in as a blend of 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and the rest Petit Verdot that was raised in 85% new French oak. A big blast of crème de cassis, crushed flowers, white truffle, and spice all flows to a powerful, full-bodied Saint-Emilion that has beautiful ripeness and depth as well as balance. It has the purity and texture to shine today, yet I suspect itwill have two decades of life. Bravo! Inner quote mark (2/2019)

93 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This offers succulent and ripe dark plum and berry aromas with a wealth of assertive tannins that deliver in quite classic style. Good and powerful, assertive finish here. A blend of 85 per cent merlot, 15 per cent cabernet franc and five per cent petit verdot. Try from 2022. Inner quote mark (2/2019)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Badette (composed of 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot) leaps from the glass with Black Forest cake, warm black plums and blueberry compote notes with suggestions of baking spices, fragrant earth and menthol plus a waft of lavender. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is laden with black fruit and spicy sparks, framed by firm, rounded tannins and fantastic freshness, finishing long. (LPB) 93+ Inner quote mark (11/2018)

93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2016 Badette is every bit as bold and racy as it was from barrel. Dark and sumptuous to the core, the 2016 possesses striking richness and personality to burn. Black cherry, chocolate, leather, spice and tobacco are meld together in an inviting, alluring Saint-Émilion that is going to be hard, if not impossible, to resist upon release. Soft contours and plush fruit add to the wine's flamboyant feel. This is very nicely done. (AG) Inner quote mark (1/2019)

K&L Notes

92 points by Neal Martin for Vinous: "The 2016 Badette has a very well defined bouquet of blackberry, blueberry and just a touch of sloe jam, though it retains fine delineation and the oak is neatly integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, a fine bead of acidity, and citrus freshness toward the finish, which leaves behind residues of orange zest. A superb Saint-Émilion. Recommended." (01/2019)

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