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France, Rose Red Blend (Bordeaux Rose), Chateau Ballan Larquette, Bordeaux, 2010

photo 20 150x150 France, Rose Red Blend (Bordeaux Rose), Chateau Ballan Larquette, Bordeaux, 2010Bordeaux Rose blend of: 45% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 15% Cabernet Franc.

Note: improved when served warmer than normal for a Rose.C/ Brick dust orange. Actually appears quite aged. Hope this is not an oxidized bottle… (it was not).

N/ Strawberries, orange zest, crushed granite, dry burlap, hay, herbs, nutmeg, tiny waft of funkiness.

T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Elegant glycerol feel and weight. Strawberries and hay reduction. Long, coating red fruits and cranberries cradled by a soft minerality. Extended finish.

Impressive and complex.

Web = http://www.chaigne.fr/

Price = $16

Rating = A- / A

This was a media sample kindly provided by the winery via Balzac Communications and @PlanetBordeaux.

 

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