Château Magdelaine is quite simply my very favorite estate in all of St. Emilion, and probably would rank in my top five producers from the entire Bordeaux region, if I had to come up with a short list of my favorites. This is one of the best-situated châteaux in the heart and soul of the St. Emilion Côtes, with beautifully laid out vineyards planted to ninety percent Merlot and (a surprisingly low) ten percent Cabernet Franc.

Not surprisingly, Château Magdelaine travels a bit below most peoples’ radars these days, for it does not exude radiance through its black-purple color, neon violet rim, gobs and gobs of fat and happy fruit or run with the pack at the best purveyors of new oak. Thankfully Château Magdelaine is different.