Chateau Citran 2008

Chateau Citran are a capable producer from the Haut M├ędoc. I think their 2008 vintage is of merit, although I would have preferred it had the oak been toned down somewhat. A medium intensity ruby in colour, the 2008 vintage has an overt aroma of vanilla and oak, intermingled with plums, as befits the high percentage of merlot in the blend. Oak, vanilla and butter flavours dominate the palate, although there is a lick of blackcurrant fruit, fine grained but subtle tannins and medium length. This is a very "international styled" Citran that is a blend of 50% cabernet sauvignon and 50% merlot and will reward drinking now. More judicious oak usage would have seen a higher score. 86-87 points (very good)

Abv: 13%
Price: $35
Vendors: Dan Murphy's
Website: Chateau Citran
Tasted: July 2012

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