2010 Goulée, Médoc (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1066938 90-91 points James Suckling

 Bright and fruity, with raspberry and plums. Full, soft and velvety. Love the acidity.  (4/2011)

88-91 points Wine Spectator

 Dark and winey, with lots of currant and red licorice fruit. Tangy and taut through the finish. Nicely focused. Tasted non-blind. (Web Only- 2011)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot, this wine displays an opaque ruby/purple color and notes of damp earth, forest floor, white chocolate, sweet black currants and spice box. The wine is round, full-bodied and luscious, with 14.7% natural alcohol. Although meant for early consumption, it should easily last up to a decade or more. Goulee’s 2010 is another sleeper of the vintage from Michel Reybier, the proprietor of Cos d’Estournel.  (2/2013)

Jancis Robinson

 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot. From the same three vineyard blocks as always but Jean-Guillaume Prats admitted that it has taken his team some time to fully understand how they react to different weather conditions. Very deep crimson purple. Attractive freshness on the nose. Round at first though quite sculpted later on the palate. Clean and fresh with no hint of overripeness. And only the tiniest hint of green. Dry finish -- very complete and nicely done. Brisk and clean.  (4/2011)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (80% cabernet sauvignon with 20% merlot; 3.52ph; 13.7% alcohol) Dark red. Liqueur-like red and black berries on the ripe, fresh nose. Lush on entry, then easygoing and lively, with black fruit-driven flavors lifted by mineral and menthol nuances. A charming, delicious wine with plenty of energy and balance, a smooth finish and solid length. In tannic vintages like 2010, this makes an ideal wine-by-the-glass choice for restaurants and bistros.  (6/2011)

Wine Enthusiast

 Earthy in character, this is powerful and rich, yet somewhat rustic. It has concentrated ripe fruit, dark and dense, best at the end with its juiciness.  (3/2013)

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Staff Image By: Ralph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/4/2013 | Send Email
Excellent deep nose, strong but rounded. A touch drying on the finish with a mixture of earth and oak.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


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