Bought at the estate, after a fantastic lunch at their restaurant, then a tour of the estate. Not cheap, but a very enjoyable bottle of wine, drunk just that evening at our last meal together. What was most remarkable was finishing the bottle without really remarking on prominent alcohol. Yet it was a staggering 15.5% (and the grand vin is apparently 16%). Perhaps not a “typical” St Emilion, but a very well-made, balanced wine. Deep black ruby, glossy colour. Mid complexity blackberry and blackcurrant fruit, with smoke, gravel, and the first time I’ve definitively picked a black tea hint. Caramel oak spice too. On the palate, blackberry and smoke. Full-bodied, medium tannins, polished, with medium+ length. Flavour balances the alcohol so it’s not evident.