This was tasted non-blind at the conclusion of tasting a group of 16/17 Bordeaux blind. A great place to try this wine as it showed well in that spot. This is a big wine that is drinking quite well at the moment, perhaps due to the large amount of Merlot. It is a blend of 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. The nose has lots of black cherries, some cherries, dark chocolate and spice. Full bodied with a rich, lush texture. The palate has more cherries than dark cherries with a bit of dark chocolate and underlying spices. Smooth and deep and delicious. There is oak but the oak regime on this seems far less than this winery used to use. It should continue to drink well for the next fifteen to twenty years though over time I suspect the Cab(s) move to the foreground more. It drinks very well on its own and will work well with roast duck.
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