Rich ruby colored and about 75% opaque. The nose has enticing aromas of black plum, cassis, blackberry, menthol, vanilla, coffee, mocha. The palate is dry with medium acidity and medium (+) tannins. They are well integrated but still grippy. Flavors of cassis and plum dominate but I get blackberry with oak influence and some green pepper alongside the menthol. Full bodied it carries on to a long finish. This is textbook Right Bank Merlot with a dash of Cabernet Franc- delicious and reasonably priced at $25. I like it and think it is worthy of 92 points and 5 stars. I’m searing some Hangar steaks with Gratin Potatoes to pair. Drink till 2028. Salut….
From Fronsac in the eastern part of Bordeaux comes this little charmer. Blackish blue in the glass and giving up very little on the nose- I knew I was in for a seriously closed wine. This wine is built to last folks, it is completely in its dumb phase with only a solid core of blueberry fruit able to penetrate the bracing tannins. Manageable acidity make this a cellaring bottle, of which I have several more. I am looking forward to the evolution over the next 5 years. For now, I had to do some research. It got 92 from Suckling. That is why I am not a pro, I cannot give scores like that when a wine is so young and unapproachable. I cannot see past the tannins and dryness to delineate the fruit flavors and potential of the wine. I paid $20 and going by his points this should be a 4 plus star wine- just give it a few years to emerge from its monster shell. Salut….