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With both the 2016 and 2018 vintages of this wine scoring across the board either 91- or 92-points from Vinous, Decanter, the Wine Enthusiast and James Suckling, this is an incredible opportunity to score a mixed-vintage case of Listrac-Medoc reds for just
Big, rich, ripe and chewy, with tremendous backbone as well as precision, I specifically negotiated this Bordeaux deal for you guys because this exceptional property's modern style is perfect for Napa Cabernet-lovers. I know you love your Napa Cabernet's big and bold, so here is your chance to own the high-scoring Bordeaux equivalent for well less than half of its $35/bottle list price.
Listrac-Medoc is in the heart of the left bank between Margaux and St. Julien and is generally considered a lesser region due to the clay and limestone soils. However, there are a few Chateau that sit high atop the gravelly plains and produce a whole other level of quality for the region and some of the best values in Bordeaux. Lots 305 and 306 hail from one of those Chateau and represent the fantastic, nee legendary, 2016 and 2018 vintages. These are wines of richness, backbone, and precision.
Lot 305 2016 Listrac-Medoc - deep purple in the glass, just a shade off of opaque. Amazingly fresh bottle bouquet with violets, black fruits and scorched earth opening up to reveal vanilla-specked graphite, blueberry syrup, leather and walnut notes riding a core of riverstone minerality and a pretty clove perfume. Chewy on entry with juicy blackberry fruit riding robust, mineral and tobacco-laced tannins that melt on your palate to unfurl a 30-40 second finish punctuated by a lovely violet and rock perfume. 54% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Petite Verdot 14% alc.
Lot 306 2018 Listrac-Medoc - even darker in the glass. The bouquet is quite similar to the 2016 but bright with more ripe raspberry and juicy black cherry lifted fruit complexed with clove and thyme spice. Savory leather and cedar notes anchor the fruit. Fleshy through the mid palate but balanced and restrained on the finish, a foot in the new world and a foot in the old world, fine tannins throughout and lingering finish that carries endlessly. Fantastic oak integration throughout with tremendous precision across both wines. 52% Merlot, 47% Cabernet, 1% Petite Verdot 14.5% alc. 24-hour decant for near term consumption (though I would ideally give these another couple of years in bottle). These will age gracefully for another 20 years (I have had these open on my desk for over a week now and they are still fresh and continue to improve).