Château La Croix Chaigneau Lalande De Pomerol 2009 Bordeaux, $11.89-$13.99, 87 points, begins with a bit of mystery; I could find no alcohol content on the labels, and with some research I found one blogger had noted 13%, but if I had to guess, I'd have guessed more. Also, reviews were not forth-coming, though prices ranged from $14.99-$32.99 (considerably more than I paid for it).
The color seemed more cranberry, but welled a dark and somewhat cloudy ruby with a very broad watery rim. Aromatically, this Bordeaux (Lalande De Pomerol-sub-region of Pomerol) reminded me of an inexpensive Merlot from the North West United States, with an oily grape smell, but that settled-down with some air, giving up more bright sweet cherry. The medium-slightly-plus body carries intense acidity with moderate tannin.
Flavors of bourbon-like wood, raisin, and plum dominate, with a finish of kick-back ("retro-nasally") smells and flavors including smoked coffee and menthol mixing the profile up a bit, but finishes with a short burst of spiciness.
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