2015 Cru de la Maqueline

Community Tasting Note


87 Points

Saturday, March 17, 2018 - This wine was recommended by a neighbour, whose taste I usually share, came with a Bettane/Desseauve Prix Plaisir sticker and cost only €5,50, so it was a no-brainer to give it a whirl when I saw it on the shelves. The estate's address is in Macau, whose wines normally bear the appellation Haut-Médoc, but this is plain Bordeaux so I'm not sure from where the grapes come. It does not taste like Médoc being quite full, round and obviously Merlot dominated (confirmed by the Castel website). It is nevertheless very enjoyable right now with a generous character, full/medium body, rich dark complexioned fruit, only moderate acidity and a firm finish which may owe as much to alcohol (14.5%) as to tannins. IMO needs to drunk soon before the acidity deficit dulls it down but good wine for current drinking and stunning QPR.

Retasted 3/18/2018, attractive blambly aromas have become more present on nose and palate suggesting that decanting would be beneficial.

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