2010 Couly Dutheil "Baronnie Madeleine" Chinon

SKU #1108946 Wine Enthusiast

 Ripe, full-bodied and smoky, this is packed with blackberry juiciness. Its structured tannins form a powerful backing to this full and rich character, giving flavors of wood aging, richness and a firm, dry finish. For aging over 3–4 years, while drinkable sooner.  (6/2013)

Wine Spectator

 This has a strong bay and tobacco leaf frame, with cassis and blackberry at the core, featuring a long, taut, chalk-filled finish that lets an herb echo hang on. Solid, though the fruit isn't as dynamic as the best '10s. Drink now through 2015. (Web-2013)

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Staff Image By: Mahon McGrath | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/29/2013 | Send Email
This wine foregrounds close knit scents of lentil, tobacco and currant leaf at present, with darker fruit character lurking in the rear. Lighter bodied, this yet has good intensity of flavor. Despite being a little firm and closed in on the finish, it offers no serious impediment to near term enjoyment for those who aren't inclined to wait for the much supple drink it will become a few years down the road. That that evolution is something worth waiting for I can attest to: older vintages from this producer I've had the chance to sample have all been wonderful.

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