Château La Bourrée Castillon Côtes De Bordeaux-2009 Bordeaux Blend, $17.09-$18.99, 90+ points, poured an opaque red currant purple/red with maroon flashes, a broad clear rim ring, and considerable 'sheeting'.
Toasty blackberry, forest floor, leather, and a hint of cedar on the nose were very good.
Full-bodied with good acidity, layered firm tannin, and moderately smooth texture richly rewarded the mouth-feel.
Good black fruit base was appropriately balanced with nuanced notes of licorice, plum, truffle, and dried herbs.
Finished well with warmth from the 14.5% alcohol, white and black pepper.
It has been some time since I've had a Red Bordeaux, but this great red wine from France's eastern Bordeaux region with its wonderful quality-price-ratio (QPR) made for an appreciated return; keep in mind that when I see a Bordeaux from the 2009-2010 vintages I have little concern that what I'll be buying will be of the highest quality, and in this case I've been vindicated.
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