Château de Francs 2011 – $19,35. Bargain maturity.
This is the kind of sleeper wine you might want to pop out in rather fancy occasions since it does look quite a bit more expensive than it is. Still, it also shows pretty well for the money, and provides a good intro to what a more mature Bordeaux ought to taste like without breaking the bank. Nose opens up on blueberry and blackberry notes, but you can already tell the fruit is fading in front of the impressive wall of smoke, tar and coffee you get immediately after that. On the palate, this is long and chewy, with faded tannins but a surprisingly lively acidity. This is classic Bordeaux but with a bit more smoothness than you’d normally get. Finish is decent, but nothing to write home about. A good buy for $20 if you’re into the classic Bordeaux profile.
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