Chateau Magdelaine 2004

90+ points

Saint Emilion, Bordeaux, France. 13.5%

Characteristically right bank, with the sort of deep fruit cake and plums (and pencil shaving oak) characters that I fail to detect on any New World merlot along with considerable minerality.  A fine, food friendly wine
that appears drinkable now yet is still a bit shy and reserved.

The blessing of this wine is that it lacks the extraction and syrup that has started to characterise some top (and not so top) right bank wines.  This restraint and sophistication are admirable.  Class.

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