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St. Emilion Grand Cru, La Bienfaisance 2005


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An emerging star of St.-Emilion. This is the best vintage yet for this small-production estate. Made from select parcels with vines averaging 25 years-old. Very limited availability.

"A stunning effort from this property in St.-Christophe des Bardes, this 25-acre vineyard is planted with 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. Made in a flamboyant style for the vintage, it reveals a dense purple color along with an expressive, ostentatious nose of sweet cherry liqueur intermixed with creme de cassis, toast, spring flowers, incense, melted licorice, and chocolate. Full-bodied with high but sweet, velvety tannins, it is already approachable, but promises to develop more nuances over the next decade. It should last for 20+ years. Kudos to the proprietor and his wine consultant, Stephane Derenoncourt." 92/100 Robert M. Parker, Jr., The Wine Advocate