I can sometimes be a bit sceptical about the quality of the wines of Bordeaux Supérieur, but this one is a good, solid claret from an outstanding vintage (2009). It’s a blend of 85% merlot and 15% cabernet franc and the vineyard itself is not far from St Emilion. Its regional expression is probably more dominant than its constituent grape varieties.
Bright, it has a medium to pronounced intensity hue of ruby in the glass. Classic aromatics of blackcurrants, cedar and clove feature, with a medium intensity expression. The palate is dry, with medium(-) tannins, short to medium length and dominant cedar and clove flavours, together with black pepper and blackcurrants. The tannins are quite fine grained, and the overall mouthfeel savoury. At $28, it’s not bad value. This is the sort of wine I’d love to see in the low $20s, as I think it would fly out the door. Good
Tasted: August 2012