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CHÂTEAU LA GUILBONNERIE 2014 AC Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux
Vintage Assessments Tasting Note Producer
Assessed from a bottle purchased at the LCBO. Wow, here is a wonderful, still bright, lively, ripe, New World take on an Old World classic. Deep violet-red colour, Very attractive,very faintly earthy, sandalwood-driven nose with lots of warm, ripe, gently juicy, plum-cherry-cassis notes. Dry, medium bodied and yet surprisingly well structured, slightly smoky, juicy, maturing, ripe, cassis-plum-cherry flavours with a lingering, gently cedary, lifted finish. At only $15.95, this really is an exceptionally well-priced Bordeaux blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. It has 14% alcohol and 2 g/L residual sugar with lot number L14GUIL on the back label and 30/03/2015 on the lower part of the glass bottle. It means that this is actually the original bottling which explains the complexity along with great texture and flavour integration. New at Vintages. CSPC 11333
Type Red Table Wine
Agent Nic Pea
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Rating ***(90 points)
Ripe, Well Structured, Great Fruit
LCBO Text Status Recommended by Vintage Assessments!
A Best Buy
TASTING NOTE: [The Vintages panel tasted this wine in April 2019, finding it to be a solid value that was approachable, drinking well with enough freshness and primary fruit to age longer.] Intense smoky and blackberry aromas make this a bold, almost showy wine, but the ripe fruit carries the style without any problem. With a little more complexity this would rate even more highly. Drink now. Score - 90 (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Feb. 13, 2017) Price $ 15.95
Bottle Size 750 mL
Tasting Date vintages release - May 16, 2020
Cases bought 499 (12 bottles per case)

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Score:  - NOT PRESENTED  * Very Basic   *+ OK   ** Good   **/**+ Very Good   **+ Excellent   *** Outstanding   ***+ Superb

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