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LIVE** Guerrilla tasting #4: Bordeaux blend - France Vs South Africa. 28 November 2019 **


#61

I was a bit surprised by the lack of tannin and the fresh acidity


#62

I also got that, bit porty at the end


#63

I think it’s gotten a little less savoury since opening.


#64

But yes also boozy at the back


#65

Liking the palate but yeah, bit of a kick at the finish there, I agree.


#66

I was wondering about this — from our end it now smells quite sweet-fruit dominant — there’s earthiness there for sure, but it’s not what’s leaping out


#67

better on the palate than I expected


#68

Lacks concentration, quite watery at first, then, grippy powdery tannins, fresh acidity, spice, pleasantly ripe berry and plum fruit.


#69

I think sweet on the nose but not a massive amount more. Our bottle definitely light on both tannin and acidity


#70

a bit of cherry drops


#71

I’m not enjoying it as much as I was hoping to if I’m honest. Maybe a bit too subtle or too savoury for me, I’m not sure, but it doesn’t have something I want. Fruit? Complexity?


#72

We’re finding it a bit ‘meh’ overall. Nothing wrong here, just a bit anonymous.


#73

I’d call this a decent luncheon claret…


#74

Agree on the tannins. Definitely feels hotter than 14% suggests. I think the palate has more fruit than the nose.


#75

Not doing much for us either


#76

reminds me a bit of the Alsace PN from the previous TWS taste


#77

Yes my previous summaries on admittedly poorer vintages were: “Smooth easy drinking but unexciting.” and “Inoffensive but unexciting.”


#78

On the plus side, dinner is nearly ready


#79

Probably terribly poor form to say but actually it’s much more tasty if you take a gulp than a sip…


#80

Anyone nibbling some cheese? Bit of food helps.