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1999 Ch. Destieux, Grand Cru, St Emilion

1999 Ch. Destieux, Grand Cru, St Emilion

Red | Drink now | Chateau Destieux | Code:  57481 | 1999 | France > Bordeaux > St-Emilion | Merlot/Cabernet Franc | Medium-Full Bodied, Dry | 14.5 % alcohol

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Jancis

17/20

Jancis - Very rich and lively with dense, voluptuous black cherry fruit yet no excess of anything. Pretty. Even if quite ready.
Jancis Robinson MW

The Producer

Chateau Destieux

Chateau Destieux

Château Destieux is a Grand Cru Classé located in the wine appellation of Saint Emilion. The Chateaux is part of the Dauriac vineyards, owned by M. Dauriac, and also comprises the Château Montlisse Grand Cru in Saint-Emilion and the Château La Clémence in Pomerol.

The Château Destieux was bought by Mrs Dauriac, Christian Dauriac’s mother, the current vineyards owner.
The vineyards are planted with predominantly Merlot, as well as Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Savignon and yields are kept low. The wines are matured in 100% new barrels.

The Grape

Merlot/Cabernet Franc

Merlot/Cabernet Franc

The Region

St-Emilion

St-Emilion

St Emilion is one of Bordeaux's largest producing appellations, producing more wine than Listrac, Moulis, St Estèphe, Pauillac, St Julien and Margaux put together. St Emilion has been producing wine for longer than the Médoc but its lack of accessibility to Bordeaux's port and market-restricted exports to mainland Europe meant the region initially did not enjoy the commercial success that funded the great châteaux of the Left Bank. 

St Emilion itself is the prettiest of Bordeaux's wine towns, perched on top of the steep limestone slopes upon which many of the region's finest vineyards are situated. However, more than half of the appellation's vineyards lie on the plain between the town and the Dordogne River on sandy, alluvial soils with a sprinkling of gravel. 

Further diversity is added by a small, complex gravel bed to the north-east of the region on the border with Pomerol.  Atypically for St Emilion, this allows Cabernet Franc and, to a lesser extent, Cabernet Sauvignon to prosper and defines the personality of the great wines such as Ch. Cheval Blanc.  

In the early 1990s there was an explosion of experimentation and evolution, leading to the rise of the garagistes, producers of deeply-concentrated wines made in very small quantities and offered at high prices.  The appellation is also surrounded by four satellite appellations, Montagne, Lussac, Puisseguin and St. Georges, which enjoy a family similarity but not the complexity of the best wines.

St Emilion was first officially classified in 1954, and is the most meritocratic classification system in Bordeaux, as it is regularly amended. The most recent revision of the classification was in 2012

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