2012 Château Tanesse Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux

“Earthy but perfumed, with black fruits and woodsy forest spice...”

2012 Château Vanesse Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux

Château Tanesse owns 136 acres in the Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux AOP, in the Entre-Deux-Mers. This cuvée is half Merlot, 40 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, with a balance of Cabernet Franc and a soupçon of Petit Verdot. Grapes were grown on 25-year-old vines in gravelly Garonne hillside, and the winemaking is modern: maceration in stainless with temperature control, then aging for twelve months in French oak.

The wine is earthy but perfumed, with the unmistakable black fruits and woodsy forest spice of a classic Bordeaux blend. There are suggestions of cedar and mint, loam and warm blackberries, and its lightweight but astringent body offers a shock of tart cherry and green herbs.

A great deal (like many Côtes de Bordeaux wines, on which more later)—and a good food wine, terrific with the savory, roasted, grilled, and vegetal.

13.5% abv | About $14 (sample) | Imported by Fruit of the Vines

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