Cahors 'Grand Vin', Chateau de Chambert, France 2012

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Cahors 'Grand Vin', Chateau de Chambert, France 2012

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You only have to look at the deep, impenetrable, inky colour to know why these wines are known as the 'Black Wines' of Cahors. It looks like gravity wouldn't even escape from it. one thing that does escape from it though is magnificent aroma. Rich and concentrated black fruits with a little dusting of powdered asian spices, it feels decadent and aristocratic, but on the palate there's a sensual softness, similar to a great Pomerol, with beautifully manicured tannins and an impression of silk.  14% alc. Drink now-2035

Press review:

Wine Enthusiast: "The Chambert estate was first planted in 1690. Now owned by Philippe Lejeune, it is farmed biodynamically. With consultant Stéphane Derenoncourt as part of the team, this top wine from the estate's best parcels is concentrated, dense and firmly tannic. The wine's young acidity and structure are in place so it just needs time to age. Drink from 2020." 93 points

Jancis Robinson (Tamlyn Currin): "Raw power. Edgy and massive and masses and masses of Szechuan pepper. A dominating, roaring wine of black fruits and black brow. Lots of potential but I would leave it in its den for a bit longer. And then bring out the rump steak. Drink 2022-2032" 16.5++ points

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