Sunday, February 26, 2006

2001 Chateau Loudenne Cru Bourgeois

I have not had the opportunity to try a whole lot of French Wine's, so when I saw this for under 25 dollars at my local wine shop, I decided to give it a try. Located in the Medoc region of Bordeaux, its a grand Chateau, and one of the only in the region with its own harbour, sitting as it does in the Gironde Estaury. This is only the second release since the Chateau was purchased by the Lafragette family. The is a blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon 55% Merlot 4% Cabernet Franc 1% Malbec, a pretty classic Bordeaux blend. Aged 16 months in the cask. 12.5% alcohol which is a lot lower than the alcohol bombs of California Cab-Merlot Blends.
Very intense even coloring of Dark ruby or garnett. In the mouth there are hits of Tobacco, currants, leather, granite, a little bit of black fruit with hints of cocoa and toasted oak (vanillan flavor almost). There are somewhat uneven tannins that could use some mellowing with more age. A very nice wine. B+.

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