5. Château Palais Cardinal “Grand Vin” Saint-Émilion Grand Cru 2019.
23% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, and balance is Merlot. From the deep sandy alluvial soils and gravels between the village of Saint-Émilion and the river Dordogne.
This is the top wine from Château Palais Cardinal. The fruit is laser focused here in the dark berry spectrum, rich and deep but not at all jammy, fresh and tight with savoury notes of wood smoke, smoked ham and clove-y/oaky spice, while the tannin is forged with the finest tannins, gently gripping, and long. At the full end of medium bodied but so finely structured, tall and statuesque. The liquid embodiment of elegance. Averages a score of 4.0 out of 5 across all vintages, from 1013 individual reviews on wine review app Vivino.
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