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2018 Côte de Baleau, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1415142 92-93 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark A silky and refined young St.-Emilion with crushed blueberries and blackberries, as well as some black-olive flavors, following through to firm tannins and freshness at the finish. Inner quote mark (4/2019)

91-93 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Notes of kirsch, blue fruits, violets, and sweet spice emerge from the medium to full-bodied 2018 Château Cote De Baleau. Plump, fleshy, and undeniably sexy on the palate, with rocking levels of fruit, it’s already hard to resist, and I while I see no need to delay gratification, it has terrific purity and elegance, and will evolve nicely. Inner quote mark (5/2019)

89-92 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2018 Cote de Baleau is a very pretty, understated wine built on precision and nuance. Sweet floral and spice notes add character to a nuanced, pleasant Saint-Émilion that will drink well pretty much on release. This is very nicely done. The purity of the flavors is striking. Tasted two times. (AG) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

90 points Decanter

Outer quote mark This estate didn't produce any wine in 2017 because of frost, but it's back again in 2018. Damson and plum flavours are joined by charred oak. This goes long on tannins, one of the more chewy on display. The yield was 24hl/ha, and this is probably why everything feels just a little over concentrated - these soils are naturally powerful enough. 20% new oak. Owned by the Cuvelier family with Michel Rolland as consultant. (JA) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

88-90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The deep garnet-purple colored 2018 Cote de Baleau offers up notions of raisin cake, prunes and Chinese five spice with touches of tobacco and fallen leaves. Rich, full-bodied and very spicy in the dried berry-laced mouth, it has a chewy texture and lively lift on the finish. (LPB) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

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