2018 Chateau Bernard Magrez St. Estephe

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About the Wine

Bernard Magrez owns many of Bordeaux's most iconic estates including Château Pape Clément an exceptional Grand Cru Classé in Graves from Pessac-Léognan. Celebrated for his attention to detail in the vineyard and constant achievement of excellence in the winery which translates into award-winning wines for every occasion.

“My life has been forty years of passion for vines and wine. Now I want to pass on this sense of excellence. I’m a vintner, with four Grand Cru Classés estates in Bordeaux, a handful of exquisite vineyards in the south, and wineries in eight other countries around the world, and through them I can create real emotions and wonder. This is what I’ve always done, and what I’ll always do.” ~Bernard Magrez

Bernard Magrez was born in Bordeaux in 1936 and left school at 16 to start trading wines. In 1961, at 25 years old, Bernard started his own company dedicated to whiskey and port. In the late ’70s, he went back to his roots in wine, and in the 1980s, he acquired Château Pape Clément, a famous Grand Cru Classé of Graves for thirty years. Next, he purchased Château Fombrauge, Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Classé, Château La Tour Carnet, Médoc Grand Cru Classé in 1855, and then, among eighteen other renowned Bordeaux estates, Clos Haut Pareguey, Premier Grand Cru Classé of Sauternes. His next acquisitions took place in eight different countries: Morocco, Spain, Portugal, Japan, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, and the United States. In total, he owns 43 properties and more than 1,000 hectares of vineyards.

Chateau Bernard Magrez in St. Estephe is a small 8-hectare property that was acquired in 2016. The terroir benefits from soil-rich nutrients from the Gironde estuary and the vineyard is located on a parcel with 30 meters of elevation. The wines from this property are already attracting the attention of wine critics and wine lovers.

Aging: 18 months, 35% new French oak, 10% clay jars

Tasting Notes: 67% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon. Blackberry and black cherry fruit dominates this full-bodied, muscular wine. Black tea, leather, and vanilla mingle in the mouth. A hefty dose of oak means this wine will age well for 10-20 years.

Reviews

A red with very pure blackberry, currant and clove, as well as hints of white pepper. It’s medium-to full-bodied with integrated, refined tannins and a creamy-textured finish. Finely crafted young red. Drink after 2023. ~93 Points, James Suckling. 

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