Château Petit Faurie De Soutard – 2011 – Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classé

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Red wine with a quite deep ruby-red core, but starting to lose some colour towards the rim. Pure nose. Medium high intensity. Rather a fruity expression, not a lot of oak. A gentle hint of vanilla in the background. Quite a mix of particularly dark plum, with some other red berry notes. There is a slight hint of something leafy, like tobacco leaf. Palate is quite a classic style, with medium weight. Quite high level of tannin. I would say just about starting to integrate right now. Still feel them, but they are not aggressive in any way. I think another one to two years will round them off a little bit more. Well, balanced acidity. Leaves a quite fresh impression on the palate. I pick up a little bit more oak on the palate than I did on the nose. Nice medium weight. A classic style. I think it wins more on the finish, it has good length, persistent. On the finish, the fruit gets slightly darker, slightly charier and rounder. So definitely a wine I would like to give a slight aeration before drinking it and it should turn out really well.

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