Chateau L’Escart Eden 2009

For $15 a bottle, the 2009 vintage of Chateau L’Escart is not bad (a blend of 50% merlot and cabernet sauvignon).  A medium intensity ruby in colour, the aroma is mostly clean (there appeared to be a slight touch of “brett” – I don’t generally mind this in small doses – but you might), and is developing.

Raspberries, gravel, pepper, cloves and a touch of blackcurrants are there.  A bit of hay too.  The palate is dry, with mostly medium tannin, body and flavour intensity, and is balanced and pleasant.  For $15, it’s certainly worth a look, although I have experienced some bottle variation with this producer in earlier vintages.  84-85 points (good-very good)

Abv: 13%
Price: $15
Vendors: try Dan Murphy’s
Website: http://www.chateaulescart.com/
Tasted: May 2012

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