2004 - Ch Magdelaine 1er Grand Cru Classé St Emilion
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Magdelaine
Region
St Emilion
Grape
Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2010 - 2018
Case size
12x75cl
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2004 CH MAGDELAINE 1ER GRAND CRU CLASSÉ ST EMILION - 12x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Magdelaine
Region
St Emilion
Grape
Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2010 - 2018
Case size
12x75cl
Available Now
Duty Paid (Inc. VAT)
Case price £692.14 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • RP1

    Robert Parker, June 2007,
    Score: 88

    Tasting more like a Grenache-based wine than one dominated by Merlot, the 2004 offers up sweet, pure notes of kirsch along with crisp acidity in a medium-bodied, somewhat superficial format. Magdelaine is generally a lighter-styled claret, and the dark ruby-hued 2004 should be drunk during its first decade of life. Drink 2007-2017

  • RP

    Robert Parker, June 2006,
    Score: 87-89

    Distinctive raspberry and cherry notes along with notions of spice and vanilla are present in this pretty, light to medium-bodied effort. A pleasant albeit superficial wine with slightly aggressive tannin in the finish, it should round into fine form in 1-2 years, and last for 10-12. Drink 2007-2018

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, April 2005,
    Score: 15.5

    Relatively pale crimson. Then rather brutal, one-dimensional nose. Fresh and sweet but still extremely simple. Rather hot finish. Perhaps this is just very, very backward, or perhaps it really is a disappointment. Drink 2010-2018

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Producer

Château Magdelaine

The famous Libourne firm of J.P.Moueix has run this 11 hectare property since 1952. The proportion Merlot grapes in the blend is the highest of any well known Château. One might imagine this to give the wine a softness and forwardness that all those who have tasted it, would well know is not present. Some would call its style an old fashioned St.Emilion. This is due to the techniques of harvesting and vinification (long fermentation and early harvest). Tannic, and slow to evolve, this wine needs 5-7 years to reveal its character. "Never massive or powerful, it is a wine of finesse." - Robert Parker.Vine plantings are 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc.

Region

St Emilion

South of Pomerol lies the medieval, perched village of St Emilion. Surrounding St Emilion are vines that produce round, rich and often hedonistic wines. Despite a myriad of soil types, two main ones dominate - the gravelly, limestone slopes that delve down to the valley from the plateau and the valley itself which is comprised of limestone, gravel, clay and sand. Despite St Emilion's popularity today, it was not until the 1980s to early 1990s that attention was brought to this region. Robert Parker, the famous wine critic, began reviewing their Merlot-dominated wines and giving them hefty scores. The rest is history as they say. Similar to the Médoc, there is a classification system in place which dates from 1955 and outlines several levels of quality. These include its regional appellation of St Emilion, St Emilion Grand Cru, St Emilion Grand Cru Classé and St Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé, which is further divided into "A" (Ausone and Cheval Blanc) and "B" (including Angélus, Canon, Figeac and a handful of others). To ensure better accuracy, the classification is redone every 10 years enabling certain châteaux to be upgraded or downgraded depending on on the quality of their more recent vintages.