91+ 2010 Chateau du Cedre (Cahors) 10/20/13 ($23)
mostly Malbec 14% alc
Color: Deep black purple. (3.5) Bouquet: Concentrated wild blackberries and cassis with cedar complementing. (3.0) Body: Excellent acidity, fruit and big tannins. Heavyweight that coats the mouth. Well balanced too. (3.5) Flavor: Parallels bouquet with dusty tannins and spicy briar. (3.0) Finish: Long, but not quite as interesting as flavor. Needs time. (3.0)
Overall: Another great success for this rustic Medoc-like wine. As big and concentrated as the outstanding 2008, but very young and more unformed at this point. Loads of dusty tannins are met by concentrated wild blackberry fruit with roasted cedar and spicy briar. Should develop and improve over the next 6-10 years. If drinking now, decant for 2-3 hours and serve with red meat. (16.0)
Note: Had again in Nov 2014. The flavor and finish were much more muted than when tasted above. Definitely in a numb phase. Gave it 90 points. I intend to wait until it's 7-8 years old before trying again.
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