Ch. Haut-Badon, St.-Émilion Grand Cru
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Ch. Haut-Badon, St.-Émilion Grand Cru - 2013

Item # 34662 750mL
$29.96/ Single Bottle
$359.52 $323.57/ Case of 12
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Tasting Notes

A classic Right Bank blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc that is full of soft dark fruits held up by structured tannin and oak aging. A sophisticated choice for wine and cheese nights, or an ideal pairing with sirloin.


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Staff Pick Notes

This is a classic example of Bordeaux from the right bank where Merlot is the main grape, followed by Cabernet Franc. Merlot grows well in the clay and chalky rich soil of Saint-Émilion. Wines here are in general more approachable at a young age than the more astringent wines from, for example, the Médoc. And they can evolve in the bottle too! On the nose you can smell cocoa and blackberry. On the palate you can taste more fresh red fruit and some florals. I enjoyed drinking this wine because it's well rounded and fresh with the velvety texture typical of the Merlot Grape. It's pleasant and at the same time shows layers of complexity. A great Grand Cru at an affordable price.

- AFR

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