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2018 Petit Gravet Ainé, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1419194 95-97 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The 2018 Château Petit Gravet Aîné is a blend of 80% Cabernet Franc and 20% Merlot from vines averaging 50-years in age. It saw malolactic fermentation in barrel and will spend a year in new French oak. It offers a heavenly bouquet of blackberries, blueberries, spice box, dried flowers and forest floor that develops wonderfully with time in the glass. This carries to a full-bodied Saint-Émilion that’s flawlessly balanced, has ultra-fine tannins, subtle background oak, and a great, great finish. Give this polished, beautifully balanced 2018 4-5 years of bottle age (I suspect it will offer plenty of pleasure right out of the gate as well) and it should cruise in cool cellars for 2-3 decades. Readers who love well-made Cabernet Franc need to jump on this wine! Inner quote mark (5/2019)

93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark This is a tiny 2.5-hectare vineyard in the Saint-Émilion foothills, situated west of Château Canon-La-Gaffelière in deep, sandy-clay soils. Maturation is anticipated to be 12 months in 100% new oak barrels. The blend is 80% Cabernet Franc and 20% Merlot, and it has 14% alcohol. Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Petit Gravet Aîné charges out of the gate with vivacious black cherries, warm plums and wild blueberry scents with suggestions of menthol, candied violets and raspberry tart with a waft of wilted roses. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has tightly wound red and black fruit preserves layers with a firm, grainy frame and bold freshness on the long finish. (LPB) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

92-95 points Vinous

Outer quote mark A wine of real character and personality, the 2018 Petit Gravet Aîné is also one of the under the radar gems of Saint-Émilion. Blood orange, bright floral notes and sweet red cherry fruit all pulse throughout this super-expressive, nuanced Saint-Émilion. Petit Gravet Aîné is 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. At times, the Franc can be quite pronounced, but the 2018 is totally seamless and impeccably balanced from start to finish. This is another stellar showing from proprietor Catherine Papoon-Nouvel. Tasted two times. (AG) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

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