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Château Martinet, 2018

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Classically smooth and complex St-Emilion Grand Cru

Concentrated and pure aromas of fresh plums, blackberry, clove and toasted oak. Medium to full bodied with ripe and silky tannins. The palate is fresh and focused with wild berries, dark cherries, redcurrants and aniseed. Softly textured with a hint of espresso on a lengthy, juicy finish.

 Cellaring Potential: Drinking now to 2032

Food pairing: Grilled or roasted meat dishes

STORY BEHIND THIS WINE

The wines produced by the fifth generation of the de Simon family from their 65-hectare estate are classic old school traditional Rioja. The wines are all hand-harvested and handmade, just as they were when the winery first went into production in the late 19th century. The original underground cellars, carved out of rock at a depth of 10 metres, remain, though today wine is made, aged and bottled in new air-conditioned facilities. Care and attention to detail are paramount. Generous fruit and well-integrated oak, both American and French, give their wines an appealing and distinctive character. This dedication to high standards has generated a warm critical response to the estatres suite of wines, including favourable mention by Decanter magazine.

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