Monday, August 1, 2011

Review: **+ $$ Chateau Feret-Lambert #Bordeaux Superieur, Libourne, France, 2006

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Original Tasting and Review, June, 2010:   


By way of background: Chateau Feret-Lambert Bordeaux Superieur is a modestly priced red Bordeaux, finished at 13.5% alcohol for the 2006 vintage and made in the Libourne area of France.  It is a blend of 90% merlot and 10% cabernet sauvignon. 

In the glass: Chateau Feret-Lambert shows as bold medium red in the glass. 

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, this red Bordeaux shows shy but still somewhat beefy red fruit. 

On the palate: The first elements on the palate are an even, almost dusty fruit, hitting smack in the mid-palate.  Purple acids pull into your outer cheeks, raising red fruit aloft, where it hangs for a very long time, lightly accented by furry tannins.

In summary: Overall, a bright, acid-toned experience, designed for food.  Rates two stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a plus for power and persistence.

This wine is featured as part of the Planet Bordeaux campaign, which is seeking to elevate the awareness of the wines of Bordeaux and Bordeaux Superieur in the United States.

Following a full-day decant, in partially opened bottle kept cool:  dusty and beef blood aromas.  The tannins and fruit now blend in the center of your mouth, rich, plumy and bright.
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Updated review, over a year later, August, 2011:  Appears darker in the glass now, deep magenta, opaque from within about an inch from the edge of the glass.  Nose is a touch faded, showing tomato leaves, broccoli and cauliflower.  Solid fruit on the palate, nudged along however with the distinct vegetable overtones.  Seems faded overall, now five years from vintage date.

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