Eight years old and still in fine form, this is an elegant Grand Cru Saint-Emilion. Pierre Mirande steers the family enterprise, making this silky mellow claret from Merlot, with Cabernet Franc, barrel aged for complexity in this overlooked vintage.
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Silky red fruits, rounded tannins, cedar spice, earthiness
Gentle dried red fruits, currant and spice, cedar and tobacco
To find a Saint-Emilion Grand Cru of this maturity is a rare treat. It's from a forgotten vintage, that Decanter described as producing "very good wine", while Wine Enthusiast enthused, "this vintage has produced many excellent wines, some verging on superb, with quality that reaches deep into the unclassified estates." Pierre Mirande is the 4th-generation of his family to head up Château La Rose Côtes Rol, a small 9-hectare estate in this premium region. Their vineyards are mostly planted to Merlot, as you'd expect, with Cabernet Franc and just a little Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. These mature, half-century-old vines produce flavours of richness and depth, while ageing in part new oak brings cedar complexity. A mellow, classic claret.
"Rare maturity in this ready-to-drink Saint-Emilion Grand Cru. Stand upright for a few hours"
Jennie Perry Buyer
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