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Saint Emilion, 2014. La Devine

Saint Emilion, 2014. La Devine

Item #: B1217R1IF
Vintage: 2104
Varietal: Saint Emilion
Vineyard/Appellation: Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux, France
Color: Medium Purple
Nose: Black Cherry, Licorice
Palate: Like the Nose, but with Grip
Finish: Very Long, Plum, Spice
Rating: 95
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now thru 2025/Red Meat, Game/Alcohol: 13.0%

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La Devine is made by Chateau Clos Cantenac on the Right Bank, in Saint-Emilion. It is here that Merlot is king and Cabernet Franc is queen. When you consider that the Bordelaise have been doing this for some 400 years, it's probably a safe assumption that they've figured out what works best here.

The 200-year-old estate was purchased in 2007 by Martin Krajewski and Marcus le Grice. Martin was owner of another prestige property in Bordeaux, Ch?teau de Sours, so when the chance came to purchase this legendary chateau, he couldn't say no. The property was in disrepair at the time, and the owners spent a small fortune bringing the 15-acre vineyard to its full potential.

Clos Cantenac is designated a Grand Cru in the French pecking order of quality. It's the highest position there is. Of the thousands of chateaux on the Right Bank, literally only a few hundred have this designation.

This part of Bordeaux is typically cooler than appellations to the west and, thus, does not ripen Cabernet Sauvignon as well. But the Merlot here is a powerful grape, and it shows in this blend where it takes up 90% - with Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon making up the rest.

The result is a wine of class and breed, showing hints of ripe plum and anise, balanced with a touch licorice, smoke and leather. There is just enough tannins to bring it all together in a grand finish.