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| ||Tasted by mariow on 1/25/2013 & rated 87 points: after a heavy task with the cork a positive surprise! medium plum red; initially barnyard nose, later more forest notes; still good fruit on the palate, nicely integrated; medium finish, a very pleasurable bottle of traditional claret (2550 views)|
| ||Tasted by Goldstone on 9/11/2011 & rated 84 points: Low neck. Reasonable cork. Totally transparent amber colour but still bright. Nose is damp autumn leaves, Chinese red dates, gui ling gao (turtle jelly), Chinese long-boiled medicine and dusty attics. Palate is an initial attack of very dry powdered tannin and high acidity followed by a mute mid-palate and dried tea bags finish with some pit-stone black and red fruit trying to rise Lazurus-like but constantly falling back in exhaustion. This particular bottle (my last) is flirting with separation and didn't hold together as well as the one drank back in January 2010. A fading sepia photograph....but still enjoyable in a transitory way. Bought in 2007 as a US$18 bin end. (2933 views)|
| ||Tasted by mariow on 8/28/2010 & rated 86 points: plum red; still a nice fruit but also some bitterness, robust with good finish (3799 views)|
| ||Tasted by Goldstone on 1/24/2010 & rated 86 points: Top shoulders fill. Near-perfect cork. Gorgeous light goldeny amber totally transparent but still rich colour after a serious decant. The nose jumps straight out at you on decanting and deliver woodlands, damp red earth, loam, chinese medicine, some kind of incandescent quality and strong cedar.......a lot of evolving tertiary layers. The initial attack on the palate is very dry highly tannic and acidic with definite follow through of "wet August in England" blackberries. A bit wet and hollow on the middle plalate but with surprising length and with tart but very persistent resonance in the head on the finish. Surprisingly, this stayed the distance in the decanter and in the glass........a bit faded, austere beauty somewhat like an old faded photograph, but it never collapsed. A great experience, especially because I bought this a couple of years ago as an US$18 bin end. (3542 views)|
| ||Tasted by KRB on 9/15/2006 & rated 89 points: Upon opening this wine had a vile smell and taste, completely disjointed and cloudy in appearance. I was about ready to write it off, but decided to Audouze it for a few hours. Well whaddya know, 6 hours later after sitting uncorked in the fridge and then the counter for half an hour to bring to proper temp, this wine made had an almost magical transformation, turning from an ugly duckling into what I would consider a beautiful classic claret. Amazing what a little O2 can do. (4231 views)|
| ||Tasted by Anonymous on 6/30/1992 & rated 89 points: Delicious. Very clearly Pauillac with powerful cassis and oak. Some sweet liquorice. The tannin has enough power to last for a few more years. More full bodied than expected of this vintage. (2651 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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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.
Pauillac Read more detailed information about Pauillac Looking full onto the river from the earliest days, with an important port activity, traces of which go back to ancient times (shipment of bronze as long ago as 2000 B.C.), Pauillac's life has always been intimately linked to the history of wine. Although port activities were at the root of its prosperity, Pauillac had to wait until the eighteenth century when Bordeaux ceased to hold its privileged position to become a wine port. The town then became the natural outlet for the wine production of neighbouring cantons before reaching its zenith in a period when the vineyards were exceptionally prosperous.
The characteristic of the Pauillac terroir is its exceptional relief: the many undulating ridges make it unique morphologically speaking. Highly favourable conditions facilitate the dissection of the layer of gravel. This thin, Garonne gravel from whose very poverty springs great richness, has an extremely effective natural drainage.
With their velvet red colour with a hint of amber, the wines from the Pauillac appellation, full-bodied and rich in tannin, are vigorous. Powerful when young, their aromas of red fruits (black-currant, raspberry) or flowers (violets, roses, irises) melt with the passing of time into a bouquet which is long in the mouth.
Rich and complex, the wines of Pauillac deserve to be laid down for a little longer.
Production conditions (Decree dated November 14, 1936)
In order to have the right to the Pauillac appellation of controlled origin, red wines must:
- come from the commune of Pauillac and from precisely defined parcels in the communes of Cissac, Saint-Julien, Saint-Estèphe and Saint-Sauveur, "excluding 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 (45 hectolitres per hectare).