Vignobles Dourthe, Chateau Le Boscq, Cru Bourgois, AOC Sainte-Estephe, Bordeaux, Nouvelle Aquitaine, France, 2012
This wine: lot No. L701807 (on bottle below capsule), a merlot dominated blend with cabernet sauvignon and lesser petit verdot; general processes – vinified in stainless steel, aged in large wooden barrels (futs) for 12-14 months; coated natural cork closure, 13% abv, Caves Notre Dame, €37 (09/19)
Consumer tasting note: a slightly merlot heavy blend with cabernet sauvignon (2012 was a difficult year for the late ripening cabernet), but in any event, as with other cru bourgeois, the percentage of merlot has been increasing, in an effort to soften wines and make them approachable earlier. The quite strong aromas open with rich creamy red plum, morphing to black currant, spiciness, vanilla, warm black liquorice and an interesting cooked strawberry note; smoothly medium bodied, with a palate of blackcurrant and liquorice with a cedary edge. Finishes long.
Drink now – RTD, but will improve over 1-2 years – Wait. Decant for an hour.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing tears [a 1/4 teaspoon of fine and soft granular sediment].
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of red plum with a creamy lactic edging, a touch of smoke, blackcurrant, a bitter-seeming note of bees wax, a hint of raw steak, whisper of vanilla, developing hint of spicy warm black liquorice, the slightest touch of toast, a rich floral nuance, red plum juice with an edge of cooked strawberry.
Palate: dry, medium acidity, ripe fine grained medium tannins, medium alcohol, medium body, medium (+) intensity, a smooth silky texture, with flavours of blackcurrant juice, a developing hint of black liquorice, a distant savoury edge, cedar. A long length with a clean finish of rich black berries with a touch of cedar.
Quality: very good, well balanced moderate acidity and fine grained tannins with alcohol; a sound intensity throughout, slightly better in mid-palate, with lesser concentration; showing, after an initial reluctance, a better than moderate well developed complexity, with residual primary fruit, and evidence of MLF (creamy lactic), time in oak (cedar, smoke, spice, toast, vanilla), and in bottle (bees wax, cedar, dried fruit, raw steak, savoury). Finishes long.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: can drink now but has potential for further ageing over say 1-2 years – a sound structure, quite complex with plenty of intensity, but not at outstanding levels, though a long length, quite well developed, and the initial reluctance to develop suggests it will benefit from a little more time in bottle.