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2005 Chateau de la Cour, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, France

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Wine Notes

Indicative blend: 90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc

Tasting note: Deep red. Complex nose of ripe fruits backed by spices and roasted notions. The palate is clean and robust, it reveals medium fullness and retains good freshness. Drink now or keep for a few more years. (28-Feb-2011) [Gilbert & Gaillard]

Average Price of 750ml bottle, ex-tax in USD: $30

Score: 85.
The Wine-Searcher score of 85/100 is calculated from the following wine critic scores:
Critic Score
86/100 (8 notes from 6 users )  
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Award Organization Award Year Result
Le Guide Hachette des Vins 2009 1 Star
Concours de Bordeaux Vins d'Aquitaine 2008 Silver
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Grape Variety: Cabernet Franc - Merlot

Cabernet Franc – Merlot is red wine blend with origins in Bordeaux’s Right Bank. Both grape varieties are members of the classic Bordeaux blend and have many complementary features. Merlot, which is usually used in higher proportions, provides most of the fruit characteristics of the blend – mulberries are flavor descriptors often used to identify these wines. Cabernet Franc adds more perfumed fragrances, with a herbal accent. Used in higher proportions, it may also add some tobacco leaf and green bell-pepper characteristics.

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Region Hierarchy
  • Saint-Emilion Grand Cru wine region

    Saint-Emilion Grand Cru wines are produced under slightly tighter production restrictions than regular Saint-Emilion wines. As with other Grand Cru appellations, the intention behind this is to improve the quality, and to distinguish the area's finer wines from the more everyday wines.

    There are four key differences between the production restrictions for Saint-Emilion wines, and those for Saint-Emilion Grand Cru wines. First, the vineyard yield is restricted to 8,000kg per hectare rather than 9,000 (which translates to 55 hL per hectare rather than 65). Second, the grapes (with the significant exception of Merlot) must be harvested with a must weight of at least 189 grams of sugar per liter rather than 180. Third, the finished wine must reach a min ... more

  • Saint-Emilion wine region

    Saint-Emilion is a key wine town in the Libournais district of Bordeaux, important in terms of both quality and quantity. It lies just a few miles north of the Dordogne, in the final stages of the river's journey from the hills of the Massif Central hills to the Gironde estuary. The town is renowne ... more

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