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From the Cotes de Castillon appellation on the eastern part of Bordeaux comes this blend.  2007 was not a fantastic year for the region, nor was it terrible, hence my willingness to part with $14 to help expand my palate.  Unfortunately this wine was not showing well and is past its prime.  I knew it as soon as I poured the first glass.  Slightly orange on the edges, a sure sign that maturity is at hand.  Ripe blueberry nose with orange peel tried to welcome me as did the black fruits and brush notes on the palate.  Drying tannins emerged and the wine had a decent finish.  It’s a shame because I reckon this would have been a really decent drop for the price, perhaps 88 points in its youth.  Salut….

chateau ampelia