2016 Clos Des Menuts L'Excellence Saint Emilion Grand Cru

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Type of Wine Red
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Appellation Saint-Emillion
Winery Clos De Menuts
Vintage 2016
Grape Cabernet Franc Merlot
Content (Alc) 0.75 ltr (14.5%)
Drink window 2021 - 2035
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Present in Saint-Émilion since 1875, the Rivière family operates a 25 ha vineyard. In the 1950s, Clos des Menuts only had one hectare. Today it extends over 25 hectares near the ramparts of Saint-Émilion, usually west of the commune. The Clos Des Menuts L'Excellence Saint Emilion Grand Cru is the top model of the beautiful Saint Emillion. L'Excellence is a blend of 90% Merlot; 10% Cabernet Franc which is made by the famous Bordeaux family Jean Pierre & Philippe RIVIÈRE and winemaker Stéphane De Renconcourt.

The ivory vineyard of L'Excelve is located in the heart of Saint-Emilion and measures only 5 Ha and is located on a sandy clay soil with hard loamy soil. No pesticides / weed killers are used. The grapes are carefully harvested by hand. The grapes are then gently crushed and fermented for a period of no less than 3 weeks in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. The wine was then allowed to age in French oak (50% new and 50% 2nd year) for 18 months in the huge medieval cellars hollowed out of the rock under the heart of the village of Saint Emilion. More than 9 meters underground, the Clos des Menuts L'Excellence benefits from exceptional aging, at the ideal and constant temperature of 12 ° C. The monolithic cellars of the Clos des Menuts, dotted with old grain silos from the Middle Ages, are a highly appreciated attraction for the numerous visitors to the medieval city.

This Saint-Emilion is an absolute treat with its subtle blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. L'Excellence Clos des Menuts is a wine that can be stored for a very long time and certainly from the magical 'Bordeaux year' 2016. The wine is round and full, with delicate tannins. It is a very deeply colored red wine with a balanced, fruity nose and mouth. Tones of ripe grapes, with an elegant touch of wood, red fruit and cherry aromas with subtle tannins. Harmonious and elegant is a good summary. The wine has received 93-94 / 100 points from James Suckling. For a Saint Emilion Grandcru, this is a high-quality wine with a great good price.

JAMES SUCKLING: 93-94 / 100
«This is very beautiful with dark-berry and chocolate character. Medium body and
juicy fruit. This is fantastic! »
«Produced from the oldest vines on this estate, this is a ripe and concentrated wine. Aged for 18 months in wood, it has developed a powerful toast and spice character that is still dominant. But with the strong fruitiness and acidity, it will develop into an impressive wine. Drink from 2023. »Roger VOSS
«Fruit coulis of a nice intensity. Great attack which opens on a long and silky
mouth, mellow finale on the fruit with a crunchy character. »

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Type of Wine Red
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Appellation Saint-Emillion
Winery Clos De Menuts
Grape Cabernet Franc, Merlot
Biological certified No
Natural wine No
Vegan No
Vintage 2016
Drinking as of 2021
Drinking till 2035
Alcohol % 14.5
Alcohol free/low No
Content 0.75 ltr
Oak aging Yes
Sparkling No
Dessert wine No
Closure Cork
James Suckling rating 94
Tasting Profiles Earthy, Dry, Aged on wood, Mineral, Red fruit
Drink moments Cadeau!, Indruk maken, Met vrienden, Open haard, Romantisch
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