barton and guestierBarton and Gustier is a very large negocient firm and wine merchant that has been around since 1725. They buy grapes or raw wine from various regions in France, vinify, blend, age and bottle them and ship the final product to their worldwide markets.

This is their entry level Bordeaux and is really quite ordinary.

The nose shows muddy, dark fruit, a bit stewed, chocolate and loam give it some depth but the readily apparent green pepper is unpleasant. The palate, despite more murky fruit and earth, is bland, with a hollow midpalate before the tannins  kick in. Neither rich, not sweet, nor taut it’s a middle-of-the-road wine, drinkable but unremarkable. It finishes short with sandy tannins and some sourness.

It doesn’t scream Bordeaux but it’s lacks the concentration of new world wines.

85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Score: 83

Price: $10

Alc. 13.5%