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Virginie de Valandraud, 2000

November 29, 2007

pt5731.jpg~ $45US Cabernet Blend, St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France

I will put it right out there – I might not be a Bordeaux kind of guy, but I’m always willing to try new things, and this seemed interesting. This wine is opaque dense and inky, with a lively nose of currant, blackberries, tobacco, black tea, and damp soil. Truly a fascinating nose – an outgowing mix of fruit and earth. On the palate, very silky and smooth – too smooth that it was hollow and flabby. The middle seemed to have fallen out or closed up – it just disappeared. I felt myself really waiting for some firmer structure – via tannins or acid to support the promise of the nose. It ended with a nice long herbal finish with a touch of menthol.

This had a lot going for it, but unfortunately there was a strange void in the middle of the wine. I am inexperienced with this wine – it could be too young yet, or perhaps it started it’s life on the riper side and now the fruit is starting to wane. It just went soft, and to some that may be elegant or intriguing, but to me it was kinda boring.

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