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Wine Tasting Video: Six reds from Bordeaux June 8, 2011 at 9:23 am

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Tesco Finest Château Haut Langlade, Montagne St Emilion 2008 (£9.30 Tesco)
There’s decent, slightly baked berry and blackcurrant fruit here, but there’s also a slightly cheesy note, and while I don’t mind the smoky bacon edge to the oak, there’s just a touch of greenness, although it finishes well. B(-)

Château La Rose Chatain, Lalande de Pomerol 2007 (£9.99 Majestic)
Gentle charming wine, the refreshing edge of Bordeaux, with fragrant tea leaf and tobacco notes adding interest to the cherry, berry and blackcurrant flavours. B+

Château Tayac, Margaux 2007 (£14.99 Majestic)
More substance, fragrance, fruit and gravitas, here, also with more of an earthy/gravelly terroir impact. It’s classy wine, rich but refreshing, with sprightly dark fruit flavours plus a touch of raisin and fragrant cedar/cigar box and tea leaf notes; quite full-bodied, but light on its feet. S(+)

Château La Vicomtesse, St Estèphe 2007 (£9.99 Majestic)
Corked

Château Arnauton, Fronsac 2005, Bordeaux, France (£9.99 was in Majestic)
Bit of a sturdy bruiser, but a nice bruiser, initially smells over-mature, but then follows up with earthy, plummy dark berry fruit, and a chunky finish pepped up by a touch of tobacco. S-

Château Larcis Jaumat, St Emilion Grand Cru 2005 (£15.49 Averys)
A much gentler, more polished style than, with plumper, plummier flesh showing a touch of lightly-cooked-fruit maturity, with smoky oak and tannin providing a framework – the Fronsac is the caveman, this is the aristocrat. S(-)

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