A couple of Bordeaux reds; Sirius Bordeaux 2012 and Château Crabitey Graves 2012

Here a couple of new Bordeaux imports; both well priced.

Sirius Bordeaux 2012
I frankly find the path of AOP Bordeaux reds littered with wines that can underwhelm or merit muted praise.  But as ever, careful searching leads to the exceptions.  And this wine is an exception, presenting like a good cru bourgeois that I would happily buy.  It’s a merlot cabernet sauvignon blend, with the proportions standing at 60/40, and sees French oak barriques for 12 months.  In the glass, there are typical cigar box aromatics, and a palate with crunchy blackcurrant and blackberry reminders and a lovely balance.  Rating: Good

Château Crabitey Graves 2012
From the same vintage, this wine is ambitious in intent, with a saturated deep black colour in the glass and influence from its time in 1/3 new French barriques.  Its aromatics remind of cedar and licorice, with a touch of raisin.  The palate has long length and soft tannins.  This is a soft textured, feminine and appealing wine from Graves, that I think will be a crowd pleaser.  Rating: Good

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