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Château Grand Barrail Lamarzelle Figeac 2008 Wine Review

Château Grand Barrail Lamarzelle Figeac 2008

Château Grand Barrail Lamarzelle Figeac 2008

Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux A.C., France

Community Score:90/100

Community Reviews: 8

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Price: $42.00

Drink: 2015-2020

Bottle size: 750 ml

Alcohol: 13%

Sweetness: Extra Dry

Wine Type: Red Wine

Winery: Château Grand Barrail

Agent: Philippe Dandurand Wines Ltd.

Natalie's Score: 93/100

Lots of blackberry, cassis and smoke on the nose and palate of this seductive Bordeaux red wine blend. Great structure, depth, complexity and length on the finish. cellar it for a few more years for maximum pleasure then decant 1 hour. This Grand Cru French red wine is produced by Vignobles Dourthe. Pair with rare steak.

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This Château Grand Barrail Lamarzelle Figeac 2008 was reviewed on October 31, 2015 by Natalie MacLean

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Courtney Flood rated this wine as 93/100 with the following review:

This wine is intensely pleasurable... Blueberry, dried fig, chocolate, clove, woodsy. Great wine to pick up for the cellar. This wine could drink now if decanted, or last for another 5-10 years.
Alexandre Craig DWS, FWS rated this wine as 92/100 with the following review:

My second-favorite 'forgotten' Bordeaux vintage in the last decade. Not a great year, but some houses were still producing outstanding wines, especially on the Right Bank, thanks to the earlier-ripening Merlot.

As expected with a few years of bottle age, the nose is rather exuberant, boasting plum and sweet red cherry aromas, coupled with lavender, tobacco and savory notes. The toasty, sweet oak has integrated into the wine, providing vanilla and nuttiness. Structured and elegant, with seamless balance. If only 13%ABV Bordeaux were still the norm, rather than the exception.
Jon Steeves - Sommelier rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review:

The 2008 vintage of Chateau Barrail is an Appelation Saint Emilion Grand Cru from Bordeaux. Ruby red and 13% ABV this wine is complex and well-balanced. It's Old world style prominently features well balanced red fruit, earthy notes, medium plus tannins and smooth acidity. After 7 years this wine is showing well integrated and promises several more years of aging. Prominent red and black berry, clove and anise, with a long finish and persistence of dark chocolate, cherry and baking spice. This wine is a perfect companion with BBQ beef tenderloin skewers with roasted tomato and vegetables. Enjoy 2015-2025.
Monique Sosa - Accredited Sommelier rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review:

Pleasure to meet you sexy red wine! Intense aromas from ripe red cherry, black plums, baking spices (anise, clove), cedar, and hints of cocoa. Tannins are high (still young), acidity is medium (integrated), wine is full bodied and rich. Key flavours include black plum, baking spice, dark chocolate and touch of heat (alcohol). Pair with a ribeye roast.
Matt Steeves - Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

Chateau Grand Barrail - Lamarzelle Figeac - is a beautiful Saint-Emilion Grand Cru from the 2008 vintage - a vintage that didn't garner the same attention as 2005, 2009, or 2010, but was still a great year in all material aspects. The nose shows dark berries, clove, cacao, black liquorice, underbrush, and graphite. Full bodied, balanced, with firm dry tannins, the fruit and earthiness complement each other making this a fine wine to enjoy with steak frites, aged cheese, and if you choose to enjoy now, a one hour decant will serve you well. Bordeaux reds are meant to be enjoyed with food and also age gracefully for decades in the best of years, so no need to enjoy now as it has another 10+ years of ageing that will only make it more interesting. Tasted October 2015. 90 points. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca
Terry Jeans - Certified S rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

Ripe rich fruit, with some spice and anise on the nose. Complex, yet a nice balance in the mouth with medium tannins and acidity. Still in very good shape for a 2008, it could easily cellar another 10+ years. Perfect pairing for lamb chops on the BBQ.
Sean O'Regan - Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:

Deep ruby, showing plum, herb and spice on the nose along with smoky notes and mineral. Smooth and round in the mouth, with cherry, plum, fine tannins, cedar and mineral on a medium long finish. Rather elegant right bank Bordeaux. Pair with herb crusted roast beef.
Tasted Oct 2015.

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