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Wine Tasting Video: Cabernet Sauvignon from Bordeaux, India & Chile July 16, 2012 at 11:44 am

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Fratelli Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, Maharashtra, India (contact Hallgarten Druitt)
Dominated by a smoky/ashy bonfire character, some plum and berry underneath, but it doesn’t stand a chance. 0

Errázuriz Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Aconcagua, Chile (£9.99 Waitrose, Booths, Fresh & Wild)
Starts off a little clichéd, with the typically Chilean mint-tinged blackcurrant pastille character to the fore, but then opens up to show more plush plummy fruit, a touch of Mediterranean herbs and a soft but fresh finish. S-

Errázuriz Max Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Aconcagua, Chile (£14.50 Tesco.com)
More of the blackcurrant pastille, but once again, there are other strings to its bow – red berries and cherries, a plummy warmth, a touch of spice and gentle toasty oak. Good but I like its little brother just as much, if not more. S-

Château Grand Clapeau Olivier Haut-Médoc 2009, Bordeaux, France (£11.99 Spar)
There’s initially a slightly sawdust-y note to the aromas here, but as it opens up, the oak fades into the background, allowing the plush yet earthy dark fruit to shine. Not great, but pretty decent for claret at this price. B(+)

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