2010 Chateau Gracia (Case of Six)

Year: 2010
Appellation: Saint-Emilion
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 95-98
Vinous Media: 91-94
Jeff Leve: 91-93
James Suckling: 90-91
Red Wine


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"It is a shame that former stonemason (now retired) Michel Gracia has so little wine to sell. With less than 5 acres of vines, and ridiculously low crop yields of 22 hectoliters per hectare, there will only be 5,400 bottles of the 2010 Gracia, which achieved 14.5% natural alcohol. Reminiscent of Ausone (even though the blend of 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon is different), the 2010 Gracia boasts an inky/purple color as well as an unmistakable rock-like liqueur, loads of blueberry, black raspberry and blackberry fruit and hints of camphor as well as truffles. With great intensity, full-bodied power, stunning length and texture and huge tannins, this cuvee needs 7-10 years of cellaring and should keep for three decades or more." (WA)

"Almost impenetrable inky-ruby. Plum, blackcurrant and caramel on the nose, complemented by sexy oak spices. Broad, lush and sweet, with an exotic high-toned quality to the perfumed flavors of red berries and spices. Finishes impressively dense and horizontal, with silky tannins that avoid dryness. This is so soft and creamy-sweet that it almost seemed too simple and ready to drink, but I like its impeccable balance and silky, tactile presence. One other sample was a bit lacking in complexity." (IWC)

"Gracia 80 % Merlot 20% Cabernet Franc came in at 15% alcohol. Oak, spicy berry, licorice and chocolate covered blackberry nose. Round texture, full bodied and concentrated with a long dark cherry, fennel and jammy blackberry finish. " (JL)

"Very fruit forward, with loads of wood now, but it’s bright and fruity.$$" (JS)