A couple of 2012 Bordeaux (Sénéjac and Lilian Ladouys) and an Orange merlot (Gartelmann)

It has been a quiet tasting week.  Nonetheless, a couple of mid priced Bordeaux from the 2012 vintage and a new release Orange merlot caught my interest.  Notes follow.

Château Sénéjac, Haut-Médoc 2012
The spell checker would have me call this Chateau Senegal, which I shall seek to avoid typing.  Oh, wait.  For its modest price, this is a reliable cru bourgeois that slightly over delivers.  Pencil lead, smoke and blackcurrant aromas.  The palate is medium bodied and has some roundness and spice from its merlot contribution.  Classic left bank style to drink now, or hold onto for 5 years.  Good

Château Lilian Ladouys, Saint-Estèphe 2012
There aren’t too many Saint Estèphes on Australian retail shelves around the $30 mark.  Or Bordeaux either for that matter.  The 2012 Lilian Ladouys is deeply coloured with blackcurrant, earth and animal aromas.  The palate continues the theme.  Pleasant and ready to drink now.  Good

Gartelmann Joey Orange Merlot 2014
This is a chewy, savoury merlot from Gartelman in Orange.  Plum, soy, dusty earth, tar and black fruit compote aromatics.  The palate is rustic and full bodied with licorice, caramel and tar overtones, and fresh acidity.  Acceptable

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