Two Bordeaux reds from Graves

Same price, same region, but not same flavour…

Château Haut Courneau Graves 2011, Bordeaux, France (£10.00 Oddbins)
I like the sweet fleshy plummy berry flesh and hint of cedar; I’m less keen on the touch of greenness and slightly baked character, and I don’t think it’s going to get any better. But it’s still OK. B-

Château Maillard Graves 2010, Bordeaux, France (£9.99 Wine Rack)
Still feels young, with a lightly leafy edge to the blackberry and blackcurrant flavours. There is some chewy tannin, but there’s enough freshness and flesh to balance, and the overall impression is of perkiness and concentration. Very good at this price. S-

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