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Château Magdelaine, was a notable 1er grand cru classé, in St-Emilion owned by the famous firm of Ets Jean-Pierre Moueix. Magdelaine had 10.4 hectares of vineyards, of which six were on the famous St Emilion limestone ridge (very close to Ch. Ausone) and the remainder on clay- and limestone-based slopes. Merlot performs particularly well on these limestone-rich soils and at Magdelaine it is the dominant grape, making up 90 percent of the blend – a higher proportion than is found in any other Premier Grand Cru Classé from St Emilion. The final vintage of Magdelaine was 2011, before it was swallowed up by Ch. Bélair-Monange.
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Bottle 12 x 75cl
This property always requires patient cellaring for the many intriguing layers to knit together, and in 2008 Magdelaine seems to be true to its character. Lots of sweet red and black fruit on the nose and palate, but without being overpowering, then full, but supple, tannin and some prominent acidity complete the component parts for a quality vin de garde.