$20, 5 stars, 91 points, bordeaux blend, cotes de castillon, france, merlot, VWTC
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….