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WTN: 1998 Ch. Beaumont, Haut-Medoc

by Ian Sutton » Mon Nov 09, 2009 4:53 pm

A classic midweek drinkers claret? Well almost. I'd say just a little softer & easy-going.

1998 Château Beaumont - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc (11/9/2009)
Attractive nose, with decent semi-mature sweet fruit and subtle tobacco.

Nice balance to the palate, with the fruit indeed starting to gain tertiary aspects, yet still with decent depth. There is a little licorice and just a touch of earth/green pepper, with acidity of (just) sufficient strength and no discernable tannins. Somewhat short finish and not a great deal of complexity, but otherwise the wine performs above expectations. Ready, and I'd not be tempted to hold any remaining bottles beyond 2012.
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Referring to Brook, the blend is broadly 2:1 Cabernet Sauvignon to Merlot, with just a smattering of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc.
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