Garnet colored, medium to full bodied, firm texture and structure, bright vibrant cherry and blackberry fruits accented by classic Bordeaux notes of cassis, leather, earth and oak turning to a lingering tangy fruit filled moderate tannin finish.
Tasted single-blind as part of a random Bdx flight (w.2008 d'Arsac Derencourt, 2010 Fontblanche Blaye) Pours very dark, nearly opaque throughout - almost seems black in low light. Very plummy nose that shows an awful lot of oak. Noted something a bit pure and mineral in the nose, hard to specify. Lots of black cherry aroma steeped in vanilla. A strong attack on palette hollows out rather quickly. Some tannin on the front end that even disappears to quickly. What's left behind the dark fruit is not impressive. Despite the perceived heft, it's rather thin and bitter. It feels very modern and inexpensive. Very much like a CA or WA big production low cost wine. In opposition to the '08 - this is not appetizing. Day 2 displayed more vanilla and furthered the split between nose/palatte. Despite what the color tells you, the frailty of the wine would have me looking to pair with Pork chops. Least impressive of the three, clearly. I had a prior bottle of this which was similarly disappointing, so it's not a bad bottle - I could probably score this lower.
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