Château Beau-Site Saint-Estèphe 1999

Good Bordeaux cru bourgeois lack the label prestige of the left bank cru classé, but on the evidence I have seen to date, they develop along similar lines in the cellar.  They therefore represent a smart and economical choice.   Here’s an example.  This wine – a Château Beau-Site from Saint-Estèphe – is quite delicious drinking at 19 years of age.  It has a classic left bank Bordeaux aroma of cigar box, blackcurrant and leather.  The palate is medium bodied, with great length and still resolving tannins.  Rating: Very Good. Abv: 12.5%. Price: $50+.

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