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2015 Grand Destieu, St-Emilion

SKU #1450290 92 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Unctuous, deep and super-concentrated, the 2015 Destieux shows the more modern side of Saint-Émilion. Bittersweet chocolate, grilled herbs, plum, violet, new oak and spice are fused together in a texturally rich, sumptuous wine that hits all the right notes. The oak has begun to integrate beautifully in this decidedly flamboyant, hugely delicious wine. Readers who appreciate the more extroverted side of Bordeaux will adore Destieux. Today, it is super-expressive, not to mention flat-out delicious. (AG) Inner quote mark (2/2018)

90-91 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This is very chewy and extracted now. But shows impressive ripe fruit underneath. Wait and see but should be outstanding. Inner quote mark (4/2016)

K&L Notes

Here's a silky-smooth, Merlot-dominated wine with intense, concentrated black fruit punctuated by sweet oak spices and rounded tannins. It’s bold and powerful, but at the same time quite approachable, and surprisingly soft textured for such a young Bordeaux. Run by Fabienne Lagoubie, this small château in St-Emilion expresses the modern current in Bordeaux winemaking. It’s not that the winemaking is radical or experimental, or parts ways with the traditional style of the region. It’s simply more polished, clean and accessible. Fabienne uses traditional oak barrels with about 60% new French oak, and she also vinifies a small portion in stainless steel, blending to taste for the final product. The wine benefits from both the stainless steel and the oak—one preserves the fresh, vibrant fruit and the other rounds out the wine, presenting a foil for the tannin structure and adding depth to the flavor profile. The result is a lovely young Right Bank wine that is thoroughly ready to drink upon release. The bonus is that this wine also has the intensity and power to age well.

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By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/8/2020 | Send Email
Chateau Grand Destieu is a tiny, 4-hectare estate on the western edge of St. Emilion run by Fabienne Lagoubie, a long time Bordeaux winemaker. This Merlot/Cabernet Franc blend from one of the warmer vintages leans toward a polished, modern style, with rich, round dark fruit underlined by toasted oak notes. It is not overbearing in any way, however, and still offers nuances of smokey earth and spice, for a very fun Bordeaux experience.

By: Mandana Tourani | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/3/2020 | Send Email
Well structured, complex and layered. Arrays of dark chocolate cherries, amazing gripping tannins and a lingering yet smooth finish. Pair this with red wine braised beef and sauteed portobello mushrooms or charcuterie.

By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/2/2020 | Send Email
A rich, full body wine, with a delicious palate of chocolate, cherries, plums, and baking spices. Never heavy though, just velvety. A great example of a Saint-Émilion for less than $30!

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