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Inexpensive Bordeaux from 2009 and 2010


We recently tasted through four affordable Bordeaux from the 2009 and 2010 vintages priced between $15 and $25.  The wines were selected at random and unfortunately, did not prove to be the most interesting selection. At $15 the 2010 Chateau Mayne-Vieil, Fronsac represents a solid value. For an increase in price to $25 you may buy the 2009 Chateau Capbern Gasqueton, Saint-Estephe which offers more future potential.  I would cellar this for another year or two then pop and pour!  These wines are available at MacArthur Beverages.

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2009 Chateau Ducluzeau, Listrac-Medoc – $20
Imported by MacArthur Liquors.  This wine is a blend of 98% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon.Alcohol 13.5%.  The nose had powdery aromas of greenhouse, fruit, and licorice.  The flavors began with a rounded start before developing very finely articulated black fruit with pencil lead in the finish.  The cool nature of the wine matched the watering acidity and the linear, focused progression of black fruit.  With air the wine and structure became firmer, leaving an unbalanced impression.  ** Now.

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2009 Chateau Capbern Gasqueton, Saint-Estephe – $25
Imported by MacArthur Liquors.  This wine is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc sourced from vines averaging 35 years of age.  It was aged in one-third new oak.  Alcohol 13.5%.  The nose was balanced with aromas of red-black fruit, green stemminess, and some earth.  The flavors followed in the mouth where they became less earthy and more fresh.  The wine had some weight and texture with a hint of greenhouse.  I found the wine more interesting at first for with air it cleaned up.  In the end, this balanced wine took on a vintage perfume note to go with the hint of black fruit.  **(*) Now – 2023.

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2010 Chateau Mayne-Vieil, Fronsac – $15
Imported by MacArthur Liquors.  This wine is 100% Merlot. Alcohol 14.5%.  The cherry flavors were fruit forward yet still vibrant at first.  This showed interesting fruit, black minerals, and grip.  Solid wine for the price.  ** Now – 2018.

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2010 Chateau Roc Taillade, Medoc – $15
Imported by MacArthur Liquors.  This wine is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petit Verdot.  Alcohol 13.5%.  This wine showed a bit more structure and density with a better integration of the greenhouse flavors.  With air it showed simpler red fruit flavors, watering acidity, grippy structure, and a firm black flavored finish.  ** Now – 2020.

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