Château de Lescours 2016, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classe, Bordeaux, France

Varietals: 80% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc. Soil: Sandy, gravel soil from the Quaternary period. Vinification: Traditional vinification in concrete tanks, 12 months aging in new oak barrels. Tasting Notes: Moderately dense very dark red with brick. The nose conveys the ripeness of the vintage and is just opening, revealing warmth and moderate substance. There is budding complexity: dark plummy fruit, balsamic accents, and a trace of barnyard. This Right Bank wine has a soft, polished feel in the mouth and is medium- to full-bodied with toasty and dusty notes in the finish. Well-integrated acidity and soft tannins become apparent at the end. This is a typical and satisfying Saint-Emilion with a somewhat old-school profile. The wine’s softness makes it approachable now, but it stands to develop until 2018/2020. Château de Lescours is located in the prestigious appellation of Saint-Emilion and was named after its first owner: Pey de Lascortz, squire of King Edouard III, who built this castle in 1341.