Matthieu Barret Brise Cailloux 2007

The capsule of this bottle was very sticky upon removal, and smelt sweet: signs of possible heat damage.  Foolhardy, I pushed on.  The wine had an aroma of pepper, herbs and, less attractively, confected bubblegum.  The palate was soupy, non-distinct, with some tannins and length at times, but overall lacking in intensity, resolving to simple jammy fruit with bubblegum overtones.  I think this bottle was almost certainly cooked, and bien cuit at that.  A pity as there could have been something good here.  Disappointing to have found this bottle on a retail shelf.  $95 of wine down the sink, literally.

Abv: 13%
Price: $95
Would I buy it having tasted it?  No
Closure: Cork
February 11, 2011

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