Château Les Grands-Maréchaux Premières Côtes de Blaye 2009 Bordeaux Red Wine, $24.29-$26.99, 88 points, began in the glass with a traditional crushed black currant Bordeaux purple/red, opaque at the core while reaching the leggy glass wall transparent.
Profuse black currant aroma with a hint of tomato and earth was just okay for me, but with air added nice floral notes.
The juicy near full body of good acidity and firm, but manageable tannin carried a panoply of flavors, with a dominant black currant, blackberry cordial, plum, cola, licorice, and coffee notes to mention several.
Finished long on the trailing palate with spice, heat (14.5% alcohol), and mint.
Varietals include: 84% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc, and 7% Cabernet Sauvignon.
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