Ch. D`Aurilhac Cru Bourgeois 2011 75cl
Ch. D'Aurilhac Haut Médoc Cru Bourgeois Bordeaux 2011 [75cl] France

Classic Bordeaux blend from a highly regarded estate, showing blackcurrant with a hint of eucalyptus on the nose, with ripening tannins and a long fruity finish.

Sweet cassis flavors intermixed with tobacco, loamy soil notes, and black currants are round, generous and pure. With persistence in the mouth as well as plenty of glycerin and fruit hiding the light to moderate tannins, it should drink well for up to a decade. The smoky fruit and deep colour of d'Aurilhac have won many admirers over the years, and we were delighted to find an Haut Médoc of real generosity and grapey charm.

"This recommended Cru Bourgeois '09 has a well-defined crisp bouquet with blackberry cedar and a touch of sous-bois - well integrated oak here. The palate is crisp and quite sweet on the entry with ripe red cherries fresh strawberry and quite tart. Silky smooth on the finish quite lush but with the acidity to keep it all in balance. I ended up really enjoying this Haut-Medoc but do allow it 45-60 minutes to open up." 90 Points Wine Advocate

Inky purple in the glass, this weighty, structured Bordeaux blend wakes up slowly. As it opens, plummy notes merged with blousy cassis and peppercorn fill the palate with bold fruit balanced with fresh acidity and steely tannins. A finish of dusted cocoa completes the experieince. This blend is roughly 50 / 50 Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon with some Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc thrown in for good measure. A find for a party of rustic fare, rib eye steaks and salty cheeses

Neal Martin's Wine Journal 90 Points This recommended Cru Bourgeois '09 has a well-defined, crisp bouquet with blackberry, cedar and a touch of sous-bois - well integrated oak here. The palate is crisp and quite sweet on the entry with ripe red cherries, fresh strawberry and quite tart. Left 30 minutes in the glass, the d-Aurilhac finally moved up several gears, attaining harmony and focus. This wine is silky smooth on the finish, quite lush but with the acidity to keep it all in balance. I ended up really enjoying this Haut-Medoc, but do allow it 45-60 minutes to open up. Tasted October 2011.