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Chateau Valandraud Virginie De Valandraud 2009 750ml

Rated 94 - Minerals and blackberries, with insane aromas of raspberries and blueberries. Full body, with super velvety tannins and gorgeous fruit....
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Clos De L'oratoire St Emilion 2008 750ml

Rated 91 - Although yields were a low 29 hectoliters per hectare, and the final blend was 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc, this 2008 does not...
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Clos De L'oratoire St Emilion 2010 750ml

Rated 94 - It displays loads of Christmas fruitcake, licorice, incense, black cherry and black currant liqueur with some smoky barbecue notes as...
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Clos De L'oratoire St Emilion 2012 750ml

Rated 94 - One of the von Neipperg estates, the 2012 Clos de l'Oratoire is an undeniable success story. Dense ruby/purple, with plenty of crème de...
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Clos Des Jacobins St. Emilion 2009 750ml

Rated 93 - The blend for the 2009 is mostly Merlot, with some Cabernet Franc, but hit over 14.5% natural alcohol. This is a big, chewy wine made...
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Clos Des Jacobins St. Emilion 2010 750ml

Rated 92 - Fleshy, with lots of intense blackberry, plum and boysenberry notes blended together and wound with licorice strips and singed alder...
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Clos Des Jacobins St. Emilion 2012 750ml

Rated 91 - This is very pretty and fruity for the vintage with plum and chocolate on the nose and palate. Full body, soft and silky tannins and a...
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Clos Fourtet St. Emilion 2006 750ml

Rated 90-93 - Clos Fourtet has produced a succession of brilliant wines since 2003. While the 2006 may not equal the prodigious 2005, it possesses...
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Clos Fourtet St. Emilion 2007 750ml

Rated 91 - A beautiful offering from proprietor Philippe Cuvelier and his estate manager, Tony Balu, the 2007 Clos Fourtet was fashioned from...
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Clos Fourtet St. Emilion 2012 750ml

Rated 95 - Having just had the 2003 and 2005 from my cellar, I can attest to the magnificent turnaround in quality this famous estate on the...

Red Bordeaux Saint Emilion

There are few regions in the world with stricter regulations in regards to wine production and grape varietals than those found in Bordeaux, France. Here, in the home of the world's finest wines, the type and quality of grapes used is of utmost importance, and the legendary wineries which work on the banks of the Gironde river have mastered the careful art of juice blending to find the perfect balance for their produce. Whilst there are six 'official' Bordeaux grapes, the two key varietals for almost every fine Bordeaux wine are Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and with good reason. Whilst Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are renowned for their acidity and astringency, strong fruit and spice flavors and full body, Merlot grapes are notably rounded, soft, fleshy and lighter on tannin. The combination of these two varietals, along with a small percentage of (commonly) Petit Verdot or Cabernet Franc, is the perfect balancing act – the two grape varietals cancel out each others weaker points, and accentuate all that is good about the other.
The beautiful sub-region of Saint Emilion in France's legendary Bordeaux region is regarded as the home of many of the world's finest red wines. The blending techniques employed in Saint Emilion have been passed down for generations, and aim to express the very finest flavors of the grape varietals used, most commonly Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The climatic conditions in Saint Emilion are perfect for growing many of the Bordeaux grapes, and high yields of exceptional quality are commonplace. Fed by the mighty Gironde river and benefiting from superb clay and gravel based soils, Saint Emilion produces millions of bottles of high quality blended and unblended red wines each year, and continues to be a firm favorite of wine experts and the general public alike.