Saint Emilion Grand Cru, Bordeaux, France
The 2018 Gracia, from a tiny 1.83 hectare vineyard in Saint-Émilion's Saint-Christophe-des-Bardes sector, is dense and explosive in the glass. Blackberry jam, smoke, chocolate, leather, licorice and iron give the 2018 its powerful, super-concentrated feel. Ripeness and intensity are pushed to the edge in a dense, plush Saint-Émilion loaded with character. The 2018 is a blend of 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. This is a terrific showing from proprietor Michael Gracia and consulting winemaker Jean-Philippe Fort. Tasted two times.