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2016 Gros Caillou, St. Émilion

SKU #1439032 92 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Interesting aromas of spearmint and cedar to the dark-berry character, following through to a medium body, with polished and tight, velvety tannins and a lightly bitter finish. Should soften with age. Inner quote mark (4/2019)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2016 Gros Caillou is a blend of 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon from vines located on a particular plot of more gravelly soils in Saint-Sulpice-de-Faleyrens. I actually mentioned this on social media when I tasted it and, apparently within an hour, the négociants were on the phone. It has a ripe bouquet with opulent black cherry and bilberry scents, becoming more and more floral in the glass. It has a disarming purity. The palate is sweet and ripe on the entry, but there is a lovely thread of acidity here, the 50% new oak neatly entwined on the plush and sensual finish. It stands as a great excuse not to buy more expensive Saint-Émilion. If you find a better value Saint-Émilion in 2016, let me know. (NM) Inner quote mark (10/2017)

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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/9/2020 | Send Email
OK, I have been to St-Emilion about 50 times in the past 35 years, and I have never seen or been to this property. Heck, there are over 4,000 St-Emilion properties! Yet, while this is the first vintage we have carried from this property, it will probably not be the last. We tasted a sample of the wine in December and bought it on the spot. Classic, lively, vibrant 2016 Bordeaux for a very good price. Spicy and toasty oak aromas, and tons of black fruit aromas and flavors. Quite sweet right now, but if you decant it for an hour and it will be even better. We did not decant and still finished the bottle quickly—it tasted so good with our roast chicken dinner.

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