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Rating
91.00
Year
2010
Region
Bordeaux
Varietal
Red blend
Price
$35.95

At more than the price of an extra-large pizza, this is beyond the regular snack bracket of most wine drinkers, but it's a standout value at this price. A grand cru from Saint-Émilion, it's 90-per-cent merlot, with splashes of cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc, pressed from 40-year-old vines. Smooth and elegant, it suggests flavours of plum, black olive, cracked pepper and mineral, with dusty tannins that should keep it in the game for a dozen years. The comparably good 2009 sells for $49.99 in B.C.

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Beppi Crosariol writes about wine and spirits in the Globe Life and Style sections.He has been The Globe's wine and spirits columnist for more than 10 years. In the late 1990s, he also wrote a food trends column called The Biting Edge.Beppi used to cover business law for ROB and previously edited the paper's weekly technology section. More

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