2006 Château d'Arsac "The Winemakers' Collection: Denis Dubourdieu Cuvée No. 2" Haut-Medoc

SKU #1271642 Jancis Robinson

 Denis Dubourdieu is another of Bordeaux's high-profile wine consultants, even if he has spread his wings geographically more markedly after this wine was made rather than before. His own base is in Graves and Sauternes. Less intense crimson than the No 1 from Michel Rolland. Just mid crimson with some evolution at the rim. Very attractively aromatic, in rather the same way that fine red Graves is - oddly enough! (Perhaps I ought to have been made to taste these wines blind...) Racy and lifted. Rather flattering - not in a sweet, sweet way but in a vivacious, mouthwatering way. Some transparency. Dry finish. Not luscious but very appetising. My style of wine. But not a very long-distance runner. There is some tannin there but no great density of flesh. Impressive persistence though.  (8/2013)

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