Chateau Gracia Saint Emilion Grand Cru 2015
Cabernet Blends | France
$79.95 - 750mL
About The Producer
The original garagiste! Michel Gracia is an expert on St. Emilion, having been a contractor and stone mason in the village his whole life, he laid stone at properties like Angelus, Cheval Blanc and Petrus, among others. In 1994, after encouragement from Jean Luc Thunevin, he purchased just under 4 acres of prime vineyard next to Troplong Mondot. Over the next ten years, Michel added a few more acres of vineyard, this time next to Angelus. With only about 350 cases produced a year, Gracia is minuscule in Bordeaux terms and thus is difficult to track down.
In the same ballpark as the 2016, the 2015 Chateau Gracia is a blend of 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon raised all in new oak. It's another Rockstar effort from this estate that pairs sensational richness and depth with phenomenal elegance, purity and a weightlessness that's hard to believe. Cassis, toasty oak, damp earth, violets, and smoked herb nuances all flow to a full-bodied, layered, multi-dimensional Saint-Emilion that has incredible sex appeal, yet is just as complex, layered and nuanced. It's an incredible wine!
There’s a very fresh and expressive feel to the nose here. It has a wealth of spiced blueberries and fresh violets. The palate delivers immense concentration of ripe dark plums and black cherries, while the oak sits nicely. Very regal finish. Try from 2022.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Blended of 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon and aged in 100% new French oak barrels for 15 to 20 months, the deep garnet-purple colored 2015 Gracia rocks up with an audacious nose of creme de cassis, chocolate box, blueberry compote and plum preserves with touches of charcuterie, scorched earth and yeast extract. Full-bodied, rich and firm in the mouth, its power wears a compellingly plush frame with a lively backbone and an epically long, savory and spice-laced finish.