Number two wine at our 23rd virtual tasting was this mature Merlot-based Bordeaux blend from the great 2010 vintage. Deep garnet with evidence of bricking in the glass. Nose of black cherry, tobacco, graphite, musty and earthy with leather, pencil shavings, cassis and stewed strawberry. The palate is very smooth with integrated tannins that are fully resolved. The tertiary notes are all present alongside smoke, blackberry, blackcurrant and cedar. The wine has a milder taste and is quite dry. Medium bodied it has a medium length finish. I’m going with 91 points and a drinking window up till 2025. At $20- it’s a great intro to an aged Right Bank wine that gets 5 stars from me. Salut….
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….
Cotes de Castillon is on the Eastern edge of Bordeaux, not that well known and of a slightly lower quality than the big appellations. Hence the reasonable price to go with this little darling. We drank it after the Trivento Syrah, and the overwhelming impression was typicity. We all gathered this as a French wine, no mistake. With 5 years of age, it has taken on some secondary flavors, the tannins have smoothed and are decent. There was a slight imbalance, not sure what the deal was, but nothing too obvious. It was enjoyed by all and will certainly be on our list again. The big boys gave it 88 points, no disagreeing there, and worthy of 4 stars due to its high QPR (Quality Price Ratio). I highly recommend this wine for casual drinking and perhaps a lighter meat dish. Well done, finally a decent, affordable Bordeaux!