Domaine L'Ancienne Cure L'abbaye 2008

Now here's a good rustic Bordeaux blend.  A blend of 60% merlot, 25% cabernet sauvignon and 15% cabernet franc from the Cotes de Bergerac to the east of Bordeaux.  Bright purple in colour, it has a lovely fragrance of black fruits, oak, spices and earth.  On the palate, spices, medium-high tannin and medium length are accompanied by some powerful rustic blackberry overtones.  For $20, this really is a very interesting and terroir driven example of Bordeaux, and I wish there were more like it at this price.  86-87 points.

Abv: 12.5%
Price: $20
Source: sample
Website: Importer (
Tasted: October 2011
November 7, 2011

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