2005 Chateau Gracia

Year: 2005
Appellation: Saint-Emilion
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 98+
Vinous Media: 93+
Jeff Leve: 93
Red Wine
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"This estate is a tiny micro-treasure in St.-Emilion. Owned by Michel Gracia and consisting of less than five acres of vines, it turned out a final blend in 2005 of 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, but only 5,000 bottles were produced. A wine pushing for perfection, notes of blueberry and blackberry dominate, but also underlying the fruit is a strong core of minerality and flowers. Full-bodied, rich, concentrated, and absolutely pure, this is a tour de force and a prodigious effort in this great, long-lived, slow-evolving vintage. Forget it or another 5-10 years and drink it over the following 40 or more." (WA)

"($175; 14% alcohol) Good bright ruby. Captivating aromas of dark berries, violet, coffee, cocoa powder and sexy oak. Chewy and thick but with terrific framing acidity; this really caresses the palate. Finishes with big but thoroughly ripe tannins and superb persistence to the black fruit, licorice and bitter chocolate flavors. "Wait seven or eight years," suggested Michel Gracia, who made it clear that he doesn't like to drink 30-year-old Bordeaux. This must be the best Gracia to date. Incidentally, the second wine, Angelots de Gracia (89), offers a lovely sugar/acid balance and its gentler texture and sweet fruit make it very easy to drink right now." (VM)

"Still youthful, but showing well, the wine serves up a nose of licorice, fresh black cherries, plum and earthy notes. Smooth, round and plush, there is a nice polish the rich layers of the sweet, ripe, fruits. The wine was made from a blend of 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. 93 points - Tasted Dec 17, 2014" (JL)