Updated: Jan 23
Château Moulin de Curat
Puisseguin Sant Emilion 2016
Another positive surprise in the low-range price Bordeaux wines. This nectar comes from Puisseguin, a small town in the area of Saint-Emilion in the Right Bank of Gironde River. This nectar is mostly Merlot, blended with the Cabernet Franc and the Cabernet Sauvignon. Details on the winemaking techniques are not available. Santé!
In the glass the wine has a ruby colour. The intensity is medium to deep. It is clear with no traces of deposits.
The aromas intensity is medium plus. After swirling the glass, a delicate fragrance of violet hits our nostrils. There is also a sour cherry, fig, prune and plum. I can smell also some herbaceous flavours, likely derived from the Cabernet Franc, a bit of eucalyptus and the black pepper. The secondary aromas, developed during the oak barrel ageing are quite evident: vanilla, cloves and cedar. The tertiaries are negligible.
In the mouth, the wine is dry with a high level of acidity and medium plus tannins. The alcohol is high (i.e. 14.5%). If you drink the wine by its own, the heat wave of the alcohol will warm you up immediately. Both flavour intensity and finish are medium plus. On the palate, the red fruits are more concentrated, remembering the fruits preserved in alcohol. There is also a hint of sultana, kirsch, liquorice, pepper and still the herbaceous aromas. The secondary flavours are the same as those at the nose, while at the palate we can find some tertiaries as the tobacco, meaty and tar.
The wine is well made: balanced, with a good flavour intensity and lasting. But it is not really exciting, actually when I drank it in the past, I enjoyed it much more. Now it looks just a wine that it does its job and that is it. When it is on sale, it is a bargain.
This nectar wants meat. It is perfect for a barbeque with friends. It is not enough complex to be enjoyed but it own in your evening as lone wolf on the sofa.