Have been pretty busy of late , making final arrangements for the annual Snow Goose Festival here in central Alberta, as well as trying to enjoy some claret for this months 101. I have to say I am a bit surprised at the low level of interest and participation, but there are two completing forums here, so guess we have to live with it.
TN: `01 Ch. Roquetaillade La Grange--Graves.
Consumed over a 2 day period, opened and decanted for hour and half. 12.5%alc and the content is 58% CS, 37% Merlot and 13% CF. Usually a reliable winery and certainly budget, this was $22.00 Cdn. I feel sure this wine has a bit of a future, maybe someone can add some imput?
Colour. Nice garnet coloured red, has some big clinging legs.
Nose. Was quite restrained at first and thought could be closed. Some toasty oak and ripe berries. Not much developement over the 24.
Palate. Initial mouthfeel is tannin and blackberries, but does have some supple texture with time in the glass. Good acidity, has some lead pencil on the finish. Love the typical earthyness, the gout de terroir , and found some cherry in the mid-palate. White pepper still present the next day, also sandalwood (?). Its all a tad young right now to me, worth putting a couple way for the price.