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Château Magdelaine

Château Magdelaine 2011 Archived REVIEWS - Ian D'Agata - August 01, 2014

90 Points "Full ruby-red. Raspberry, minerals, lead pencil, botanical herbs and violet on the nose. Bright and juicy, showing discreet floral red berry, licorice, white pepper and mineral flavors. Nicely integrated acidity and youthfully chewy tannins give this wine firm spine. This is the last vintage of Magdelaine (after this vintage Magdelaine was incorporated into Belair to create Belair-Monange), so allow me to raise my glass to the memory of a great chateau. The 1961 Magdelaine is one of the greatest red wines I have ever tasted."

Wine Spectator - James Molesworth - March 31, 2014

91 Points "Shows a light menthol note before giving way to a smoky, tobacco-infused core of plum and black cherry fruit, revealing perfumy black tea and singed sandalwood details that frame the finish. Seems restrained, with a chalky echo holding sway on the finish. Offers ample depth. Best from 2016 through 2024." - James Suckling - February 19, 2014

92 Points "Wonderful aromatic nose of flowers, blackberry and currants. Full body with fine tannins and a subtle finish. The ripe fruit and fine tannins are subdued right now but show potential for the vintage. This is the last vintage of this wine, as the vineyards have been amalgamated into Bélair-Monange. Better in 2017."

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Château Magdelaine 2010 Archived REVIEWS

Wine Spectator - James Molesworth - December 31, 2013

95 Points "Jam-packed, with mouthfilling notes of blackberry preserves, crushed blueberry, plum skin and anise, showing loads of singed wood spice and briar for a lively texture. Stays supergrippy through the finish and needs a little time to round into form, but the range is serious and the length very impressive. Best from 2015 through 2030." - Stephen Tanzer - July 2013

91+ Points "Bright red-ruby. Lovely perfume of strawberry, plum and rose petal, enlivened by a chalky mineral element. Round and seamless in the mouth but very vinous and not at all overly sweet, with a strong potpourri element. More minerally and less velvety than many 2010 Saint-Emilion wines, and still youthfully tight today. But this is built to age."

Wine Enthusiast - Roger Voss - May 01, 2013

93 Points "As so often with Magdelaine, the wine shows severity and dark tannins. In 2010, that has produced a complex and dense wine that has firm tannins, dark black fruits and a feeling of austerity. It will always be a firm wine." - James Suckling - March 31, 2013

94 Points "Attractive nose with fresh leather, plums and orange peel at first. Opens up with raspberries and vanilla. Wonderful sumptuous fruit on the palate with a full body and good length. Smooth tannins and good complexity. Already very enjoyable."

The Wine Advocate - Robert Parker - February 2013

92 Points "Attractive and elegant, as it always is, with hints of sweet strawberries, crushed chalk, raspberries and cherries, the wine is medium-bodied, relatively rich for a Magdelaine, with an attractive, heady mouthfeel and more suppleness, glycerin and power than this wine – usually a finesse-styled St.-Emilion – normally possesses. Drink it over the next 15-20 years."

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Château Magdelaine 2009 Archived REVIEWS

International Wine Cellar - Stephen Tanzer - July 2012

93+ Points "Dark red. Aromas of dark cherry, currant and menthol are lifted by floral and mineral high notes. At once seamless and penetrating, with bright minerality giving definition and grip to the dark berry and black cherry flavors. Boasts sexy early sweetness and breadth for a wine from this property but a laid-back coolness as well. Finishes with noble tannins and outstanding persistence. This extremely youthful wine should evolve slowly over the next 20 years."

Wine Spectator - James Molesworth - March 31, 2012

92 Points "...core of raspberry and cherry preserves framed by a healthy dose of lightly firm roasted vanilla. Very well-built, with sleek edges and good buried charcoal and tobacco, so cellar for harmony down the road." - James Suckling - February 15, 2012

93 Points "Ripe plum, with hints of sanded oak. Full-bodied, with a pretty core of raspberry and blueberry character. Silky and pretty. Balanced and subtle, yet intense."

Wine Enthusiast - Roger Voss - February 2012

94 Points "There is dense, ripe fruit here, although with an austere, serious edge. The wine has firm yet juicy blackberry fruits along with concentrated tannins. It is firm, dark, with the potential for good red berry fruits."

The Wine Advocate - Robert Parker - February 2012

94 Points "A property that has largely been replanted over the last 25 years, the 2009 is one of the best the firm of Jean-Pierre Moueix has yet released from this estate. Eighty percent of this vineyard sits on the limestone plateau and 20% on the hillsides, and the 2009 displays a classic confiture of black cherries, some crushed rocks and spring flowers in a full-bodied, yet at the same time, ethereal and rather elegant style. The wine has gorgeous fruit purity, a broad, luscious texture, and more density and richness than one normally finds in this somewhat finesse-styled wine, which seems to have achieved more depth and potential in 2009."

Wine Journal - Neal Martin - December 20, 2011

90 Points "...the Magdelaine 2009 is pure and very rounded on the nose, "spherical" you might say. Small dark cherries and a hint of Indian ink. Fine definition. The palate is well balanced with a powdery texture on the entry, a nice lifted of acidity and very silky on the finish that has a peppery kiss on the aftertaste. Mellow."

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Château Magdelaine 2008 Archived REVIEWS - Stephen Tanzer - July 2011

91 Points "Bright medium ruby. Perfumed aromas of pomegranate, blackcurrant, aromatic herbs and violet. Sweet and lively on the palate, with vibrant acidity lifting the red fruit and mineral flavors. Finishes smooth and long, with very polished tannins. Medium-boded and surprisingly easy to drink already, but has the stuffing to age well for another 15 years."

The Wine Advocate - Robert Parker - May 2011

92 Points "A sleeper of the vintage, this well-executed 2008 St.-Emilion exhibits a dark plum/ruby/purple-tinged color as well as a glorious bouquet of sweet black cherries, licorice and powdered limestone, a good texture, medium to full body and a pure style. Combining substance with finesse, it should age effortlessly for 15+ years."

Wine Enthusiast - Roger Voss - April 2011

90 Points "Ripe fruit, with sweet tannins. It is quite light with fresh acidity and attractively balanced, with flavors of dried raisins and final acidity."

Wine Enthusiast Online - Roger Voss - December 31, 2009

90-92 points "As often, Magdelaine is a wine that is on the austere side, emphasizing minerality... opening slowly to blackcurrant flavors."

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar - Ian D'Agata - May 2009

90-92 points "Enticing flavors of plum, red cherry and minerals are given a laser-like precision by bright acids. Not a powerhouse, this is an even lighter and fresher version of Magdelaine than usual but it has great balance and purity. Lovely persistence with a hint of gingerbread on the finish. Presents a classic example of what merlot can do on calcareous soil."

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Château Magdelaine 2006 Archived REVIEWS

Wine Enthusiast - Roger Voss - March 01, 2009

91 Points "Its firm tannins and structure dominate the fruit. That said, it does have bright fruit underneath all this tightness, and is finely balanced, the berry fruits lifted with some intense acidity. It needs another few months to settle in bottle."

The Wine Advocate - Robert Parker - February 2009

90+ points "Deep ruby in color, with the classic black cherry, licorice, spice box, and cedary nose, the firm, structured, medium-bodied flavors exhibit excellent depth and the potential for longevity..."

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Château Magdelaine 2005 Archived REVIEWS

International Wine Cellar - Ian D'Agata - March 2012

94+ Points (?) "Bright ruby. Sexy, compelling nose of blackcurrant, violet, white pepper and minerals is an absolute knockout. Then very refined on the palate, with a delicate spiciness to the blackcurrant, red plum and mineral flavors, but with noteworthy fleshiness and ripeness lifted by harmonious acidity. This is a very great and impeccably balanced Magdelaine in the making. Finishes long and silky, with a persistent strawberry note. Jean-Claude Berrouet considers this to be a classic Magdelaine: very well balanced and delicious. I think this is an excellent example of just how easy it is to misjudge Magdelaine on release and how well it develops in bottle in strong vintages."

International Wine Cellar - Stephen Tanzer - May 2008

90 points "Medium red. Sweet cherry, currant, tobacco and earth on the nose. Sweet, suave and smooth, with very good density to the red cherry and rose petal flavors. Quite understated in the context of the year, giving an impression of gentle extraction, but with very good structure for aging and considerable class."

Wine Spectator - James Suckling - March 31, 2008

92 Points "Very plummy and floral on the nose, with hints of toasty oak, and also chocolaty. Full-bodied, with pleasing fruit character and a sweet tobacco and light cream aftertaste. Has soft tannins and a caressing texture. Best after 2012."

The Wine Advocate - Robert Parker - April 2007

91-93 Points "As usual, distinctive raspberry/kirsch liqueur notes emanate from this primarily Merlot-based wine. The pronounced, fragrant, intense aromatics are followed by a more structured, masculine wine than this generally feminine, gentle-styled St.-Emilion. The 2005 Magdelaine exhibits a dark ruby/purple hue along with medium to full-bodied flavors, and moderate tannin and structure. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2025."

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Château Magdelaine 2004 Archived REVIEWS

International Wine Cellar - Ian D'Agata - March 2012

89 Points "Bright ruby-red. The knockout nose of fresh blackcurrant, strawberry, cinnamon, marzipan, and white pepper had me going back to the glass again and again. Bright, juicy and focused, showing moderately intense flavors of dark berries and Oriental spices. The finish is long and pure, with very suave tannins... This easy-drinking Magdelaine is perfect to drink now, and a great example of how average vintages can be real crowd-pleasers."

QRW - Richard Elia - November 2010

"The Magdelaine remains one of the most reliable Saint-Émilions produced in traditional Merlot fashion -- earthy, mineral notes, with elegance and style. ... Presently the 2004 is drinking very well, and will do so to 2015. Expect black cherry, some spice, earthiness, black currants, and subtle texture. It's a wine to linger over."

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Château Magdelaine 2003 Archived REVIEWS

The Wine Advocate - Robert Parker - April 24, 2006

90 Points "The 2003 came across like a Pinot Noir with its soft tannin and elegant nose of flowers, sweet cherries, subtle licorice and spice box. Sexy, heady and round, with low acidity, it can be enjoyed over the next 8-10 years."

Wine Spectator - James Suckling - March 31, 2006

90 Points "Very attractive blackberry, cherry and light meat aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, with soft tannins and a caressing finish. Subtle yet rich. Lots going on here. Give it time. Best after 2010."

International Wine Cellar - Steve Tanzer - June 2004

89 - 92 Points "Bright ruby red. Scented aromas of blackberry, bitter cherry, rose petal and minerals, with positive suggestion of medicinal austerity. Bright on entry, then intense and vibrant, with flavors of cherry, currant and licorice. Very firmly built St. Emilion with a nervy freshness, a touch of youthful austerity and good thrust. I like the way this spreads over the palate. Finishes with fine tannins and very good length."

Wine Enthusiast - R.V. - June 2003

88 - 90 Points "A sophisticated wine with dusty tannins balancing fresh black fruits. Very polished; shows lightening acidity and rich, spicy flavors."

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Château Magdelaine 2002 Archived REVIEWS

Wine Spectator - J.S. - January 2006

Ultimate Buying Guid "Blackberry, vanilla and cherry aromas follow through to a full-bodied palate, with silky tannins and a fresh finish. Very pretty indeed. Love the length to this. Still tightly wound but should open nicely with bottle age. Elegant and refined. Fine winemaking. Best after 2007."

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Château Magdelaine 2001 Archived REVIEWS

Decanter - December 2005

Highly Recommended "Massive St-Emillion with meaty depth. Fragrant and good. Ripe, vivid, lots of warm fruit. Wonderful saturated chocolate and brandy."

Spirit Journal - F. Paul Pacult - September 2004

Five Stars / Highest "Without any doubt in my mind, THE FINEST RED WINE I'VE TASTED THIS YEAR. A complete wine. Seductive at every stage, '01 Maggy shows shy balance and grace count so much more than brute strength."

The Wine Advocate - Robert Parker - June 2004

89 Points "This stylish, understated St.-Emilion offers notes of kirsch liqueur, cedar, and spice box in an evolved, medium-bodied, exceptionally elegant style. Pure, delicate, and subtle, it should be at its finest between 2005-2013."

Wine News - April 2004

92 Points "Intense garnet hue. Sweetly perfumed aromas of black cherry, blackberry, cedar and a hint of vanillin oak. Balanced, chewy flavors of black fruits, anise, earth and vanillin oak. Lots of earth in the close."

Wine Spectator - J.S. - March 31, 2004

92 Points "Loads of red fruits on the nose, with blackberry and cherry character. Full-bodied, with super refined tannins and a lovely plum, coffee and smoky finish. Very subtle and long. Very close to the 2000 in quality. This is a château on the rise. Best after 2007."

International Wine Cellar - Steve Tanzer - June 2003

88-90 Points "Bright ruby-red. Cool but ripe aromas of cherry, spices, mint and minerals; perfumed and discreet. Then supple, suave and seductive, with sneaky depth of red fruit, mint and mineral flavor and harmonious ripe acidity. Finishes fresh and persistent, with very fine tannins and a subtly aromatic character."