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  • 2003 Château Fleur Cardinale - France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
    Good dark deep color. The merlot dominates the nose, with strawberry, cherry and chocolate. The taste is warm, with fruit, tobaco, and bitter chocolate. Clear tannic feel. After a while in the glass it seemed to shutdown, and the nose closed and changed it's aromas. Modern style St. Emilion. (89 pts.)
  • 2003 Château Monbousquet - France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
    Black/red color with a youthful edge. First impression is lots of smoke! The nose is smoky, creamy, dark fruit and some earthy tones. The taste is very warm, fat fruit, creamy, coffee and cream, vanila and toasted bread. Massive aftertaste with well integrated silky tannins. The fruit is well balanced with tones of earth, undergrowth and prunes. This wine has alot going - its biggest problem is that it might have too much! It seems a bit wild and vulgar. Modern style St. Emilion. (93 pts.)
  • 2003 Château Pavie Macquin - France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
    Dark color with a brick red edge. Aromas of cherry and herbs, frail and elegant. The taste has sweet cherries, strawberry, herbs and some bitter chocolate. Strong tannins will take some time to integrate probably. A nice long aftertaste and good overall balance. This could be big later, but for now cellar it! Clasical style. (93 pts.)
  • 2000 Château Quinault L'Enclos - France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
    Good dark red/black color. Warm dark cherries and coffee on the nose. The taste is intense and full-bodied, ripe cherry and strawberry. Balanced with some cooler metalic tones and some dark chocolate. Good long taste, very nice. (91 pts.)
  • 1994 Virginie de Valandraud - France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
    Brickred color with a slightly brown edge. The nose is dominated by red fruit, with some hints of metal and leather. A light and frail taste of strawberry and cherry, and hints of tobacco and chocolate. Acidity and tannins are still clear on the taste, while keeping balance. Aftertaste of medium lenght. This is probably as good as this gets, still it will probably last another 5 years, from then it is downhill. (88 pts.)
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  • 2003 Château Monbousquet - France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
    ...This wine has alot going - its biggest problem is that it might have too much! ...(93 pts.)[/b]

  • It sounds as if you enjoyed the Château Monbousquet. Or did you? I'm sure this will settle down somewhat as it is very youthful now. Château Monbousquet is one of my favorite right bank châteaus and I feel that they still represent reasonable value.
    I agree completely about the Quinault 2000, don't know exactly when, but in some years it might be really big. It seems to hold a lot back, I might even wonder whether it is close down now?

    For me the Monbousquet might be the wine of the night, it had a lot going for it. I also think that it will settle down, but I find it hard to judge exactly to which result. Of the five this is probably the one I might get a couple of bottles of for laying down, definitely the best value in the bunch.

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