60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot from Medoc, Bordeaux, France.
SRP of $15 and available for as low as $13. Sample submitted for review.
From the winery:
"Chateau Bourbon La Chapelle is a special selection of grapes from the 63-hectare Chateau Castera vineyard in the Medoc. The history of the Chateau Castera stretches back to the 14th century, making it one of Medoc's oldest vineyards. From that same period, there also stands a remarkable tower that overlooks the village. These long-standing wines have a rich legacy. Thomas de Montaigne, the brother of the philosopher, Messire La Boetie, was one of the estates most prestigious owners. In the 17th century, a splendid chapel - that eventually lent its name to Chateau Bourbon La Chapelle - was constructed.
Today's selection is the second wine of Chateau Castera yet it comes from the very same vines as their main wine that sells for the twice the price. Sounds promising, but let's taste and see.
The 2010 Chateau Bourbon La Chapelle begins with pleasant aromas of ripe dark fruit (black currant, black cherry and plum), tobacco, leather and even a bit of smoke. When tasting the wine, it's best to give it some air as it has quite a bit of oak right now, but there's definitely some nice fruit underneath as well. After an hour or so in the glass you'll find a smooth, medium-bodied wine with deep fruit flavors plus a good amount of cola and a bit of spice. It ends dry with good length, lots of lingering fruit and a little tobacco and smoke. Tasty stuff!
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Overall Rating: 7.5
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