Chateau Thieuley, Reserve Francis Courselle, Bordeaux Supérieur AC, Bordeaux, France, 2002, 13% abv, US$19

This Bordeaux Supérieur is a deep garnet with some bricking near the rim and aromas of blueberry and ripe plum with vanilla and baking spice.  Thieuley

The palate is dry with well-integrated alcohol and the tannins are strained and become softer with decanting.  The body is a little light in the middle and flavours include more blueberry and plum with cassis and some cinnamon, vanilla and clove.

It’s admittedly a little lean and not as plush as most Merlot-based Bordeaux are (this blend is 70 Merlot/30 Cabernet Sauvignon) and the finish is light too.  However, the flavours and aromas are well-balanced.

Just a note if you are unsure as to what Bordeaux Supérieur signifies, all it means is that the grapes are harvested at a higher maximum yield and the wine is made at a higher minimum alcohol level than regular Bordeaux AC.  It must also be aged at least 9 months.  So, Supérieur does not mean ‘better’.  It just means higher alcohol and a little more time in the barrel.




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