Château Le Conte Marquey – 2012 – Saint Emilion Grand Cru

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Youthful red wine, still with a very inky core and a ruby rim. Modern nose here, showing off some new oak, hints of vanilla, ground spices and quite ripe sweet fruit. Good grip on the palate; I think this is a wine that has a nice density of fruit, dark plum, blackberry, cassis. The oak is more integrated on the palate than on the nose, so much more of a fruity expression. We have a youthful extract but nicely polished tannin. There’s nothing hard here, just a bit young and unevolved, but it should certainly gain roundness from further aging. Good purity of fruit, excellent freshness, a vibrant and quite long finish.

Tasted by the Best Sommelier of the World, Andreas Larsson.