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2015 Grand Destieu, St-Emilion SKU #1450290

Price: $27.99

VN 92 JS 90-91
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K&L Notes

Here's a silky-smooth, Merlot-dominated wine with intense, concentrated black fruit punctuated by sweet oak spices and rounded tannins. It’s bold and powerful, but at the same time quite approachable, and surprisingly soft textured for such a young Bordeaux. Run by Fabienne Lagoubie, this small château in St-Emilion expresses the modern current in Bordeaux winemaking. It’s not that the winemaking is radical or experimental, or parts ways with the traditional style of the region. It’s simply more polished, clean and accessible. Fabienne uses traditional oak barrels with about 60% new French oak, and she also vinifies a small portion in stainless steel, blending to taste for the final product. The wine benefits from both the stainless steel and the oak—one preserves the fresh, vibrant fruit and the other rounds out the wine, presenting a foil for the tannin structure and adding depth to the flavor profile. The result is a lovely young Right Bank wine that is thoroughly ready to drink upon release. The bonus is that this wine also has the intensity and power to age well.

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Staff Reviews

  • Alex Schroeder
    By: Alex Schroeder
    K&L Staff Member
    Chateau Grand Destieu is a tiny, 4-hectare estate on the western edge of St. Emilion run by Fabienne Lagoubie, a long time Bordeaux winemaker. This Merlot/Cabernet Franc blend from one of the warmer vintages leans toward a polished, modern style, with rich, round dark fruit underlined by toasted oak notes. It is not overbearing in any way, however, and still offers nuances of smokey earth and spice, for a very fun Bordeaux experience.
  • Mandana Tourani
    By: Mandana Tourani
    K&L Staff Member
    Well structured, complex and layered. Arrays of dark chocolate cherries, amazing gripping tannins and a lingering yet smooth finish. Pair this with red wine braised beef and sauteed portobello mushrooms or charcuterie.
  • Jacques Moreira
    By: Jacques Moreira
    K&L Staff Member
    A rich, full body wine, with a delicious palate of chocolate, cherries, plums, and baking spices. Never heavy though, just velvety. A great example of a Saint-Émilion for less than $30!


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