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Just in time for the holiday, the Grand Cru Classe

2008 and 2009 vintages among best from one of Bordeaux's brightest stars

11/20/2013, 6:06 p.m.
Wines from 58 chateaux of France's Grands Crus Classes of St. Emilion unveiled their best from the 2009 and 2010 ...

Wines from 58 chateaux of France's Grands Crus Classes of St. Emilion unveiled their best from the 2009 and 2010 vintages in the 2013 USA Tasting Tour. Growers from such flagship estates as Chateau La Tour Figeac, Chateau Grand Potet and Chateau Chateau Moulin Du Cadet were personally on hand to pour at the Grand Tastings, which took place in the Chicago area recently. Characteristically well-balanced and with a generous style, the wines are instantly recognizable because of their brilliant purple color and distinct, yet subtle aroma of crushed red roses and hints of casis and dark, ripe plums. These are terrific wines with food, especially the huge, groaning Holiday table. They are also spectacular "meditation wines" for sipping in solitary with a bit of strong cheese, some pate or a velvety piece of chocolate.

Saint-Emilion is among the most famous of medieval sites in Europe. Founded in the 8th century near the grotto of the hermit Emilian, it is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

This year''s wines were especially delicious. Saint-Emilion wines fall into two appellations; Saint-Emilion and Saint Emilion Grand Cru. This latter classification is further divided into Grand Cru Classe' and Premier Grand Cru Classe' chateau, which is reviewed every ten years. The last Classification took place in 2012. The wines passed with flying colors and a simple tasting of the offerings in the USA Tour proved why.