My first bottle of this case. This is a reliable QPR Bordeaux that often excels in good vintages. Clear dark garnet. Nose of blackberry, dust, and cedar. Ripe medium palate of blackberry, plum, black cherry, anise, cedar, and vanilla. Excellent length. Refreshing acidity that keeps you reaching for the glass. Nice minerality. Young tannins. Mostly integrated oak. I expect this to be better with another year or three in the cellar.
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(Château d'Aiguilhe (Castillon)) An impressive, show-stopping appearance here, a crimson wine with an opaque core. The nose is full of black fruit with a tarry richness, rather like damsons and black cherries, all macerated in a cherry liqueur. The palate has bags of fruit and yet seems lifted and light-footed, despite the tar-tinged damson and black cherry tones also found here. The scents of rose petals probably help this feeling of lift. There is plenty of extracted tannins, but they hide rather well within the wine. This is a real 'statement' wine, and it is impressive.
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