Medium red, pale edge. Medium intensity Merlot nose: plum and cherry, olives, pipe tobacco, cow's milk, touch of leather, bay leaf. On arrival, low and much fine tannin, low-medium acidity. Structurally easy to drink and open, but rather more primary in the mouth than typical of this house. There's still a lot young fruit and oak. with the leather and herbs. A mid-neck fill, perfect long cork; shipping, handling and storage of this baby was impeccable. Price tag: $23.99 (LA Wine). Bottle #2 of two.
Rustic bouquet with barnyard and autumn impressions. Same on the palate. Some red fruits, chocolate, rust, good acidity and bitterness. Very mature, but still very ok as well. The drinking window in CT says 2040….. pfff I wouldn't hold my breath…. It is probably aceto balsamico by then… Drink now or soon is probably the best thing to do.
This was primo. Cork intact but wet half way up. Aromas mostly secondary at this point, and on palate this is a mouthful of polished med weight delicious Bordeaux. I think that this has the stuffing to keep going awhile but so good now.
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(Chateau Cantemerle Haut-Médoc) This wine and the next vie for position of most richly coloured wine of the flight. A perfumed nose, with cigar box and freshly rolled tobacco leaves. Another elegant palate, with a good balance, although with plentiful summer berry fruits. Full bodied, maintaining a smooth, rounded texture through the palate. Finishes well, and has good length. Tannins much more integrated than the previous wines. Ready for drinking now.
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