Bernard Magrez Chateau Bernard Magrez Saint Estephe 2019
|France, Bordeaux, St. Estephe
The 2019 Bernard Magrez was impressive from barrel. Since it was bottled in June 2021, the nose has revealed more red fruit, though it's still quite loamy and maybe a tad more plush than before. The palate is medium-bodied and very pure, with pliant tannins, well-judged acidity and a nicely detailed, silky-smooth finish that lingers. This is about as sensual a Saint-Estephe wine as you will find in this vintage.
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2019 Bernard Magrez (from Saint-Estephe) features pronounced blackberry pie, crushed blackcurrants and redcurrant jelly notes with hints of pencil shavings, chocolate box, Sichuan pepper and cardamom. Medium-bodied, the palate is elegantly played and refreshing with loads of mineral sparks emerging from the lively black fruits and a rugged foundation of chewy tannins, finishing with a peppery kick.
Blackcurrants, new leather, damp earth, and tobacco notes all emerge from the 2019 Château Bernard Magrez. It's a medium to full-bodied, concentrated, still tight and backward 2019 that's going to need bottle age.