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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Chateau La Grave de Bertin 2010 Cuvee Heritage Bordeaux

100_0621I’ve been purchasing more French wines lately and this Bordeaux grabbed my attention when I saw it online for half price. I was able to score it for only $14.

The Cuvee Heritage is a blend of 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine was highly rated and I looked forward to sipping it.

In the glass the wine is deep purple and it has a light, slightly woodsy nose. It is medium in body.

The wine is very smooth – in fact a bit too smooth for my taste. There are flavor notes of berries, spice and a smidge of vanilla. The rounded flavors and soft tannins left me feeling this wine was just an anonymous face in the crowd.

I like wine to tell me something, to make a statement about its grapes, terroir or the winemaker. I know I have to get my hearing tested, but I heard nothing. With “heritage” prominent in the wine’s name, I expected an interesting tale.

Green Dragon enjoyed the wine, so perhaps I wasn’t properly tuned in to the charms of the Cuvee Heritage. It’s satisfactory, but not special.

Rating: 2 of 5  Value: 2.5 of 5

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