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2012 Chateau Lestage Merlot

Winery: Chateau Lestage

Vintage: 2012

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Wine Category: Merlot

Grape blend: 100% Merlot

Region: St. Emilion

State or country: France

Price: $23

Cases produced: 4,000

KWG Score: 93 (based on 1 review)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (93)

Review date: March 8, 2016

Wine Review: This slightly opaque and very dark Merlot from Bordeaux is terrific and an excellent deal! It opens with a kirsch bouquet with hints of blackberry. On the palate, this wine is a concentrated black currant with nicely integrated oak and minerality. I also detected hints of plum and a touch of strawberry. The finish is dry and its big tannins build and last for an extended period of time. We would have never guessed that this was 100% Merlot. This is a Cab drinkers Merlot. Decant it and serve this gem with a well marbled ribeye. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: Color: Deep purple color with a garnet shade. Nose: Silky, fresh and intense fruity flavor with remarkable richness. Mouth: Opulent extract of ripe fruits with elegant tannins and freshness in the aftertaste. Appellation: Montagne-Saint-Emilion

Organic status: not organic

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