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|Drinking window: Drink between 2016 and 2027 (based on 12 user opinions)|
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Community Tasting Notes (average 56 notes) - and median of 90 pts. in hiding notes with no text
| ||Tasted by Nojomoschwa on 4/20/2015 & rated 89 points: Decanted for 4 hours before enjoying with lightly smoked Chuck Eye roast from the Big Green Egg. It had only just begun to open by then. The prominent notes were cassis, graphite and a real 'leafiness' plus some pencil shavings and smoke. It got much better on the second night. For the $15 price, this is very good value indeed. I wouldn't be in any hurry to open it — should have 5 or so good years ahead of it. Not the longest finish, but everything is in place and quite well-integrated. (818 views)|
| ||Tasted by dfresh on 4/17/2015 & rated 86 points: Fruity inviting bouquet. Well balanced with creme de cassis graphite and licorice notes, mellow tannins and modest alcohol. Short but pleasant finish. (701 views)|
| ||Tasted by Timbalimba on 12/7/2014 & rated 90 points: Took ages to come around. Finally descending into the tunnel? At first, green capsicum and peppery Cab, not much else, slowly revealing cassis, cedar, hot earth. First rate tannins and acidity. I'm not disappointed because I know these will come good. However, maybe they've now reached the moment where it's a definite hands off for five to seven years. Keep (and leave alone) (1859 views)|
| ||Tasted by olddominion on 12/2/2014 & rated 93 points: Wine has become bigger and more full bodied since I last had it. Darker color. Plum fruit is more pronounced. Tad more earth than I remember, finishing of course with the rocky elements and seductive tannic grip. Noticed more pencil shavings this time around. Excellent balance! I am saving my last 2 bottles a little longer this time around. On it's way to a 94 over the next 2 to 5. (1826 views)|
| ||Tasted by Motz on 12/2/2014 & rated 93 points: I second olddominion's note...this is more densely aromatic, has gotten bigger and bolder, with greater depth, and also sports a ridiculously long finish. 92-93. (2156 views)|
| ||Tasted by fhayek on 11/18/2014 & rated 88 points: Extremely dark and dense. Earthy and burnt/tar flavours but also some good Bordeaux typicity. |
People who like super-heavy stuff will love this wine. My wife certainly did. Personally for me it would have had to have more finesse to be really great. I could imagine however that this could be developing quite nicely in the years to come.
Overall for me it's good but not great, which means I will not buy again for 17.50 EUR. (1842 views)
| ||Tasted by Timbalimba on 8/16/2014 & rated 92 points: A couple of months in the cellar has done wonders. I'm glad I have a case and a half left. When I opened the bottle the kitchen filled with Chambertin-like smoke. Gorgeous nose of gunsmoke, graphite, salt and black pepper, licquorice. Cassis and a touch of red fruit lurking underneath. Assertive, spotless palate, with great Claret swagger, cassis and cedar, lead pencil. Fantastic acidity. Finishes flawlessly with tannic bite and crunchy fruit. I need to stay away from these because they will be even better in five or ten years time. (2321 views)|
| ||Tasted by Jobu on 8/3/2014 & rated 90 points: Good red fruit. Too red for my taste, but it is well made. (2117 views)|
| ||Tasted by Goodwine4ever on 7/31/2014 & rated 91 points: Rouge pourpre, Nez sur la cerise, fruits rouges, un bon côté épicé, en bouche c'est fidèle a l'olfaction. Sans surprise c'est en jeunesse avec des tannins vif astringents suivi d'une belle finale. Excellent RQP Très beau potentiel ! (1895 views)|
| ||Tasted by olddominion on 7/18/2014 & rated 93 points: I sucked on pebbles as a kid..this wine took me back there. This is so well balanced with a little plum to start with some earth about mid palate..and then the rock. Very well layered but the finish is what stands out on this wine. It sticks with you for minutes. I truly love this wine. I have had 4 bottles thus far and it ranks as one of my favorites. You can call this wine a "value" at $20. I call it a steal from the Left Bank (2124 views)|
| ||Tasted by wineotim on 7/3/2014 & rated 92 points: This drinks like an expensive Pomerol, earthy, mushroom aromas, silky polished tannins, plummy flavors on the palate, fine balance and texture. A huge bargain. (2332 views)|
| ||Tasted by Motz on 6/3/2014 & rated 92 points: A wine of exceptional quality that stands out among all others I have tasted alongside it. I would not hesitate to place this in a blind tasting of Left Bank Fifth to Third Growth Grand Cru Classes. It would likely outshine many of them. 92-93. (2431 views)|
| ||Tasted by Timbalimba on 5/23/2014 & rated 90 points: Stocky, primary, yet delicious, with black pepper and cedar covering the cassis and red fruits. The acidity is just fantastic--- showpiece 2010. Tannic, butch, but already balanced. Has everything I look for in a Left Bank claret. This is a steal. I would love to stage it against one or two Cru Classés. (975 views)|
| ||Tasted by Motz on 5/12/2014 & rated 92 points: The third time I have sampled this wine and it continues to standout. The more air it gets the better it shows. With three plus hours of air it makes a serious impression. One of the hallmarks of this wine's quality is the many layers of minerality it shows...not to mention other layers common to the variety and appellation. It should drink well for six to ten years from now. (2342 views)|
| ||Tasted by Motz on 4/14/2014 & rated 92 points: Consistent with my previous note, a serious wine that deserves serious attention. It is so richly concentrated and layered that it needs a few years to reveal its many charms. Recommend decanting for 4+ hours if drinking now. This should be at its best in seven to ten years. (2484 views)|
| ||Tasted by DarinC on 4/11/2014 & rated 87 points: Ripe black plum, currant and tobacco. Gravelly, drying finish. Needs at least 5 years. Good price point. |
2 months after using a Coravin on half the bottle we popped the cork and the wine was a shell of the first tasting and smelled like a dirty ashtray. (2107 views)
| ||Tasted by scheune on 3/26/2014 & rated 88 points: auf Grund von Empfehlung von Rene Gabriel gekauft. Schöner Bordeaux mit Kirsche , Tabak, Pfeffer. Aber noch nicht ausgereift. Im Abgang ein wenig wässrig . Werde den restlichen 5 Flaschen noch Zeit gönnen. (2103 views)|
| ||Tasted by bignbold on 3/8/2014 & rated 92 points: I am doing a follow-up review. I'm a little surprised at some of the mid-upper 80s scores that this is receiving. A group of us has put the 2010 Retout up against some $40-50 Bordeaux wines that receive 91-93 ratings and the Retout has come out the winner. I've since bought more, and my friend bought 11 cases. For an "everyday" price of $16-19, I have yet to find another wine that is as good, even in the $30-50 range.|
Beware: The 2011 Retout is nowhere near as good as the 2010. (2174 views)
| ||Tasted by RushSheridan on 3/6/2014 & rated 87 points: Great wine (1864 views)|
| ||Tasted by kevin23610 on 2/27/2014 & rated 93 points: I'll go 93, since people seem to be bashing it for being on the WS top 100. I felt this wine, for the price, is a fantastic buy. Dark purple, complex and full bodied. Notes of dark fruits, black cherry, tobacco, currants, plum and slight pepper. Drinks very well now (albeit a bit aggressive) and will do well in a cellar for a few years. At $20 a bottle, I'll go grab a case and stick it in the cellar and forget about it for a while.|
Not all great tasting wines have to come from 1st or 2nd growth chateaus people. Lower the snobbery a bit, you may actually discover some other good wines. (1895 views)
| ||Tasted by Philman15 on 2/8/2014 & rated 87 points: Not sure about the high WS score, didn't do it for me. Wine tasted sour, could have been "off" bottle. Did not improve with air. (1933 views)|
| ||Tasted by Motz on 1/21/2014 & rated 92 points: This is a distinctive wine in which at least three attention grabbing elements stand out; Cabernet Sauvignon comprises a majority of the blend and comes through beautifully, an intense rocky minerality and graphite taste profile, and traditional yet simple winemaking.|
The terroir-driven nose also showcases the wonderous purity of Cabernet Sauvignon. The focused palate reveals blackcurrant juice and layered minerality. An inviting attack transitions to a pure and rounded mid palate marked by sturdy grip that increases at the back and through the long, graphite laden finish. Perfect oak treatment. A simply made traditional wine, layered, variety and mineral driven. (2236 views)
| ||Tasted by bignbold on 1/17/2014 & rated 91 points: A friend recommended this to me. Normally sold at $30 and reduced to $20, then a 20% discount. It's a steal at $16. Deep color, full bodied, well-balanced and complex. Very easy to drink. I suggest 1 hour decant. Needless to say, I bought a case. (1800 views)|
| ||Tasted by FineWineLover on 1/10/2014 & rated 91 points: Deep rich color, fruit forward, some mineral. Beat out several other $20-$30 Bordauex wines in a wine tasting. Great wine for the price! (2051 views)|
| ||Tasted by sidjane on 11/6/2013 & rated 91 points: ripe fruit. Full bodied. Some minerals. Dark cherry. Great complexity Good now better in 2 to 5 years. (2664 views)|
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Red Bordeaux Blend Read about the grapes used to produce Bordeaux The variety Red Bordeaux Blend in CellarTracker implies any blend using any or all of the five traditional Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. As such, this is used worldwide, whether for wines from Bordeaux, Meritages from California and Canada, some Super-Tuscan wines etc.
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Médoc Vins du Médoc (Conseil des Vins du Médoc) - Read More about the Medoc
The eight precisely defined appellations of the whole of the Médoc (from Blanquefort Brook to the north of the Bordeaux built-up area, almost to the Pointe de Grave) may claim the Médoc appellation. But there is also a specific territory in the north of the peninsula which produces exclusively wines with this appellation. In the great majority, the Médocs come from the north of the peninsula. The great individuality of this region is that the number of vines has increased more recently here than elsewhere, apart from a few isolated spots where vines have grown for many years. Today, the size of the small estate has brought about the development of a powerful co-operative movement. Four co-operatives out of five belong to the group called Unimédoc which ensures aging, bottling and marketing a large proportion of their wines.
Haut-Médoc Read more about Haut Medoc and its wines Long-standing fame The legally created division into Médoc and Haut-Médoc dates from 1935. But as long ago as 1815 a Chartrons broker, whose word carried weight, spoke of great red wines in the Haut-Médoc, so recognizing the high quality successfully achieved by this region's growers in the eighteenth century. The same Bordeaux broker revealed that the business world of the Chartrons and the great Bordeaux proprietors had established a sort of league-table of the parishes in which the vine-growing communes of today's Haut-Médoc appellation showed up well.
The Haut-Médoc appellation stretches over some thirty seven miles from north to south, from Saint-Seurin de Cadourne to Blanquefort. Within this area, certain zones produce wines exclusively with the Haut-Médoc appellation. It has terroirs of remarkable quality. And although we may note a certain predominance of layers of gravel (essentially Garonne gravel) from the Quaternary, all these sites are characterized by their wide diversity. Today in the southernmost communes of the appellation, the suburbs of Bordeaux, numerous vineyards which existed at the beginning of the twentieth century have disappeared, victims of urban expansion. But the vines live on... because man has retained his devotion to them.
The astonishing variety of different terroirs, the result of the very extent of the area, explains the diversity of Haut-Médoc wines, a fact which is rare within one and the same appellation.
But, over and above the differences, linked to this mosaic of climatic and geological influence, all these wines have the same family traits of character.
Alert and lively, full-bodied without being too powerful, and harmoniously balanced, they acquire a rare bouquet over the years.
In order to have the right to the Haut-Médoc appellation of controlled origin, red wines must:
- come from the communes of Blanquefort, Le Taillan, Parempuyre, Le Pian, Ludon, Macau, Arsac, Labarde, Cantenac, Margaux, Avensan, Castelnau, Soussans, Arcins, Moulis, Listrac, Lamarque, Cussac, Saint-Laurent de Médoc, Saint-Julien, Pauillac, Saint-Sauveur, Cissac, Saint-Estèphe, Vertheuil, Saint-Seurin de Cadourne "excluding all the parcels situated on recent alluvium and sand on impermeable subsoils",
- satisfy precise production conditions : grape-varieties (Cabernet-Sauvignon, Cabernet-Franc, Carmenère, Merlot Noir, Petit Verdot, Cot or Malbec), minimum of sugar (178 grammes - 6.27 oz. - per litre of must) degree (an acquired 10°5) base yield (48 hectolitres per hectare).