Friday, April 27, 2012

Review: **+ $$ Chateau Cote Montpezat, Cotes de Castillon, Bordeaux, France, 2000

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By way of background, opening thoughts: Here's a well-aged Bordeaux from the lesser-known Cotes de Castillon region.  In earlier tastings, I gave this specimen two stars out of five.

Original tasting and review : This is Chateau Cote Montpezat, Cotes de Castillon, Bordeaux, France, 2000, finished at a mere 12.5% alcohol.

In the glass: Deep burgundy, opaque in the center, with hint of brick at the edge. 

On the nose: Poured cool and swirled vigorously, shows funky cinnamon and deep fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be bigger and bolder than suggested by its mild alcohol level, with aromatic fruit.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact a solid, but austere, mid-palate with bruising, tight tannins and just a hint of blackberry fruit.  Seems young even at 12 years since vintage date. 

In summary: Overall, rates two stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a plus for its latent intensity.

Following long decant, full day in wide-bottomed decanter:  sweet and spicy red berries on the nose.  Red currants mix with just-barely-ripe blackberries on the palate, creating a taut-red mix, but with some fruit peeking through.   A little cheddar cheese softens the tight edges of this Cotes de Castillon. 

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