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Château Saint-Hilaire Médoc 2012

Bordeaux, France

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Commanding, black-ruby appearance with inviting notes of cassis, clove and graphite, and a dense, muscular wash that shows all the quiet class and confidence of fine Bordeaux. Great drinking.

Decant and try with beef stifado.

Auspicious beginnings as Château Saint-Hilaire was established in 1982, a memorable vintage that put Bordeaux on the global map (with the help of US wine critic Robert Parker). Eric Boissenot, consultant oenologist at St-Hilaire, ensures final blending takes place only after painstaking tasting of different barrels (although, how painstaking can it be?). In the 2003 revision, Saint-Hilaire was promoted to Cru Bourgeois level.
This claret is made from almost equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, grown on gravel and clay soils, and aged for one year in one-third new French (of course) oak. The Médoc is a peninsula, wedged between the Atlantic and the Gironde estuary, that extends 80km NW from Bordeaux city - more fine wine is produced per hectare here than anywhere else in the world. 
Alcohol: 13%
Style: Powerful, dense, smooth
Closure: Cork
Drink by: 2022

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