Chateau Poitevin 2008

2008 seems to have been proclaimed a good to perhaps very good vintage in Bordeaux, rather an excellent one.  A few of the 2008s are now hitting the retail shelves in Australia.  Hopefully they are better than the generally overpriced and under-delivering 2007s.  Chateau Poitevin’s 2008 vintage from the Medoc is a blend of 60% merlot, 35% cabernet sauvignon and 5% petit verdot and, I think, one of the first 2008s that I have tried.  And it was fairly good, in a literal, rather than an understated sense.  The wine is bright in terms of clarity, with a moderately intense purple colour, and evident tears around the rim of the glass.  On the nose, a varnishy, herbal aroma with developing blackcurrant notes.  On the palate, quite high acidity, drying tannins and fruit not particularly evident.  Perhaps slightly bitter too.  My summary: “it’s ok I guess”.  82 to 83 points.

Abv: 13%
Price: $45

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