Wine Review: 2010 Couvent des Jacobins Grand Cru Classe


2010 Couvent des Jacobins Grand Cru Classe

Meet this week's wine, the 2010 Couvent des Jacobins Grand Cru Classe. For those seeking a sub-$60 old-fashioned St-Emilion Grand cru Classe, this is the ticket. Where this grape is grown, the 11 hectares of vineyard estates are dispersed, however the winery is within the village of St-Emilion (learn about this village in our guide to Bordeaux!). The vineyards are comprised of about 85% Merlot, 14% Cab Franc, and 1% Petit Verdot. Here are our tasting notes:

Appearance: Clear, medium intensity, garnet color, faintly stained legs.
Nose: Clean, medium intensity. Aromas of fresh plum, red and black cherry, cloves, vanilla, licorice, cedar. pepper.
Flavor: dry, high acidity, high tannins, medium (+) alcohol, medium (+) body, medium (+) flavor intensity, well balanced. Medium (+) finish.
Conclusion: Very good. Too young, needs 2+ hours decanting in 2018. Premium wine, over $30.