On Bordeaux's right bank, the Merlot dominates; the top appellations here include Saint-Emilion and Pomerol.
This Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classe from Waitrose, recommended by Anne Jones, is a classy wine - albeit priced accordingly.
A deep crimson with no signs of aging yet, there are aromas of red fruits, coffee grounds, leather, tobacco and spice.
Fresh acidity, bramble fruit and dried green herbs, savouriness and fine, well-integrated tannins. Good length with a touch of minerality and some firmness on the finish.
Well-structured, dense and concentrated - and still youthful; it has years ahead of it.
Match with red meat, such as steak or venison.
£26.99 from Waitrose - provided for review.
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