Chateau Magdelaine dates back to at least the 18th century when it was owned by the Chatonnet family.Chateau Magdelaine is an old school styled, traditionally made Bordeaux wine is located just outside of the village St. Emilion. The 11.3 hectare St. Emilion vineyard of Chateau Magdelaine is planted to 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. The terroir is limestone and clay soil. Even though the vineyard is one large parcel, the terroir is in two sections with 6 hectares located on the Saint Emilion limestone plateau while the remainder of the vines are planted on the slopes.
Undoubtedly the finest effort from Magdelaine in many years, the deep saturated ruby-colored 1998 offers up concentrated, jammy black cherry as well as subtle vanilla aromas. On the palate, it is full-bodied, opulent, and ripe, with outstanding concentration, purity, and moderate tannin in the finish. This Merlot-based St.-Emilion displays considerable intensity and structure. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2020. [92 points, Robert M. Parker Jr. – April 2001, www.robertparker.com]