Chateau Vray Canon Boyer, AOC Canon Fronsac, Bordeaux, France 2008
On argilo-calcaire (clay-limestone) soil, an 8/10 vintage according to BBR, with merlot doing better on the right bank; aged in cement vats.
A blend of 75% merlot and 25% cabernet franc, coated natural cork closure, 13.5% abv, about €8 in France.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance – clear and bright, medium intensity ruby, showing tears.
Nose – clean on the nose, medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas of ripe red fruit – plum and red currant, a savoury note with a slight floral lift of violets.
Palate – a dry wine, with medium (+) acidity, medium (+) fine-grained tannins, medium (+) alcohol, medium (+) body, medium (+) intensity flavours of ripe red plums, blackberry and liquorice. A medium (+) length with a clean gummy finish.
Quality – a wine of good quality, with a balance between acidity and alcohol, which are harmonious with the intensity of flavour. A moderately concentrated wine, with a modest range of aroma and flavour, just starting to develop, with savoury and liquorice notes. A good length with a clean finish, with moderate tannic drying of gums and mouth. A wine which will develop for a further 2 to 3 years in cellar.