French wines tasting at local retailer: Fairly complex classic Bordeaux, sous bois, dark and red fruit, fine tannins. This was a wine that was added later, and to my surprise the best Bordeaux of the tasting. Really very nice for the challenging 2011 vintage.
75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Merlot make up the blend. With a perfume of black cherry, smoke and lead pencil, the wine offers ample, fresh, chewy Cabernet flavors with freshness and cassis. 91-93 Pts
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(Château Duhart-Milon (Pauillac)) The assemblage is very straightforward; Cabernet Sauvignon 75%, Merlot 25%, very similar to 2010. Alcohol 12.8%. Dark, slightly concentrated fruit character on the nose, with a rich, creamed, plum-skin style to the fruit. Dark and smoky, charcoal-tinged, convincing but dark . It does have an element of restraint to it rather than a more brooding character, but there is certainly a paradox between the darkness of the fruit and the freshness of the aromatics. The palate carries some good texture at first but it yields to the structure a little more through the middle, which seems to be a mark of the tannins in this vintage. But there is more harmony towards the end, the texture and fruit coming together on more equal terms. Ultimately this has balance, although there is a pile of structure here, much more so than Carruades, and with a less finessed character to it; the tannins have a richer, denser, more mouth-coating velvet to them. Good potential though.
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