- Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot
- Residual Sugar: 2 g/l
- Full Bodied
- 13.00% alc./vol
Vintage Assessments - Michael Vaughan
Maturing deep intense garnet red with ambering edges. Intense, complex and earthy with maturing, somewhat rusty, faintly spicy, baked plum-cherry fruit with some licorice-tinged, sandalwood notes and a hint of iodine. Dry, medium-full bodied, well structured, fairly dense, intense, slightly spicy, attractive, warm, mature, ripe plum-cherry flavours with a lingering, gently cedary, fairly high acid, walnut-tinged, very faintly herbal, minerally finish. This well-aged blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30%, Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot would be perfect with a slab of just-out-of-the-oven roast beef, gravy and Yorkshire pudding. Has 14% alcohol and no residual sugar evident with lot number L08.196/10 on the lower part of the glass bottle. This tasty traditional style of Haut Medoc that will definitely have its fans. You may well want to try in in a variety of wine glasses to discover which one suits your palate.
92 points - Michael Godel
Always fun to have a gander backwards in Bordeaux, here from the 2008 vintage in the Macau en Médoc region near Margaux. The chateau dates back to the 1700s and this two-thirds to one-third cabernet sauvignon to merlot Haut-Médoc is quite youthful as compared to the 2006. A combination of reasons it would go to show, for one being two years apart and second a matter of comparative vintages. The ’06 is not one of greatest longevity while ’08 surely sneaks under the radar with aging capability. That said, as with the 2006, aeration causes a noticeable oxidation and decreased fruit energy. The wood still breathes, shows and exerts power, the secondary notes are in play but no real tertiary at this 13 year stage. Cool, mineral-licked, deeply resonant, roses and tar, even Cassis in its ethereal liqueur. Most definitely worth the price of admission, without a decant and a quick pour through six glasses. Drink 2021-2025.