2010 Chateau Pas de l'Ane St. Emilion Grand Cru

 

Located a mere 150 yards from the very expensive and very famous Cheval Blanc, this little wine has an ass on its label. Don't be fooled, this is the high rent district, and this a very good wine from a superlative vintage.  2010 was rated as a 98pt Vintage by VM in the Right Bank.

About the winery

Pascal Chatonnet once again shows why the wines he touches are absolute gold. His near-legendary skill has crafted the kind of pure expression of Saint Emilion terroir that fill the dreams of Grand Cru lovers. The fact that it’s a reality is the wine world’s gain. Vibrant notes of black fruits, berries, spice, and wood propel this beauty from its engaging nose to its smooth, long finish. This enticing collection of complex flavors is lusciously enveloped in full-bodied elegance marked by a broad yet balanced mouthfeel and lilting tannins.

This wine will amaze you now and reward the patient collector. This exquisite Bordeaux precisely demonstrates why the eyes of wine lovers grow wide at the mere mention of Grand Cru. Winemaker Pascal Chatonnet applies the carefully curated tactics that’s made him an oenological legend to this sumptuous melange of Merlot and Cabernet Franc, resulting in an elegant, full-bodied red that virtually demands space on a collector’s shelf. Rich aromas of black fruits, berries, tobacco, spice, and wood prepare the palate for a full expression of Saint Emilion’s exquisite terroir.  A full, well-balanced mouthfeel is augmented by a proper concentration of fruit and silky smooth tannins, leading to a lengthy, clean finish. Only 1,000 cases produced.

 

Reviews

55% Merlot, 45% Cab Franc. 

A rich and full bodied wine with aromas of berries, black fruits, tobacco, roasted coffee, and spicy and woody notes. On the palate it is full, well-balanced, velvety, with a good concentration, fine tannins and a clean long finish. Drink within the next 15 years.

93+ pts, Philippe Francy, Wine Director Le Millésime Bordeaux

 

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