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  • By Chris Kissack
    January 2008, (See more on Winedoctor...) 13.5 points

    (Delas Hermitage Marquis de Tourette Rouge) There isn't a great depth of colour to this wine; at the core it has a brick red hue, and there is some early browning at the rim. Certainly it is showing maturity, and on the nose there are some very tertiary aromas, of stony seashells, smoke, furry animal skin and farmyards. It seems a little mousey, and Brett seems to be playing a role here; also it seems slightly hot. The first impression on the palate is of softness, and then a farmyardy flavour which matches exactly the aroma found on the nose. The texture is nice, and there is decent extract, although the grip is a little raw and bitter. Overall it seems to have lost its way; there is no direction, it is unfocused, and although there is a little acidity at the fore there isn't the delineation or freshness I would like. All in all, this is mostly a wine of the farmyard. There is rusticity and no finesse. I am afraid I find it very disappointing, although with Brett variation from one bottle to the next is almost inevitable, so some bottles may be much better than this.

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