ChateauL'Arrosse 2006, St Emilion GCC.

This wine has been our introduction to fine wines years back. Deep ruby, 2006 is still fresh, ripe, black-fruited with a tone of strawberries. Soft And velvety. Fine and nice texture. Award RP94, this is commented as 'An ethereal, finesse-styled, Cheval Blanc-like delicacy accompanied by intensity characterize the 2006 l'Arrosee, another terrific effort from new proprietor Roger Caille. A dense ruby/purple colour followed by a sweet perfume of crushed rocks, raspberries, cherries, flowers, and spice. Velvety-textured and structured, with considerable concentration yet a lightness of being, this finesse-styled beauty should be ready to drink in 3-5 years and last for two decades(tasted 2007, edited).

Composition is unique for a St Emilion GCC 60% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, and a more than copious 20% Cabernet Sauvignon designed to age better. Likewise, the terroir is special: warmer and varied.

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