Updated: Dec 1, 2019
Chateau Queyret Pouillac
Bordeaux Superior 2016
Entre-deux- Mers, France
I don’t usually buy low range Bordeaux wines placed in the “cheap area” of the shelves, but luckily I did this time. I have to thank a short note on Decanter, that giving 92 points to the older brother (2015), definitively teased my curiosity.
This wine is a Bordeaux Superior coming from the region of Entre-deux- Mers (or actually between the two rivers Garonne and Dordogne). It is a blend of Merlot (60%, it gives mostly the red fruit aromas and roundness to the wine, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon giving the full body, and 20% Cabernet Franc giving more floral notes). The Appelation ”Superior” implies that the wine aged at least 9 month before the release. Santé!
In the glass the wine is lively with a brilliant ruby colour. The intensity is medium. It is clear with no traces of deposits.
As soon as I pour my glass, an amazing and intense aroma of geranium comes out. Then after swirling, I can smell the violet and an explosion of red fruits, especially raspberry and red currents. About the secondary aromas, I find the vanilla and a bit of cedar. On the tertiary, I can smell a really nice dry cranberry. The wine is still developing.
In the mouth, the wine is dry with a high level of acidity (don’t worry it is not a fault!). The tannins are there, but are quite rounded leaving a good sensation on the palate. The alcohol is medium (i.e. 13.5%), but it burns a bit. So it is better to eat something while you enjoy this nectar. I would categorize the wine as medium plus body with medium plus flavour intensity and a medium plus finish.
On the palate we find all the aromas already evident to the nose, but the geranium disappears while the cooked plum and a bit of charred woods come out.
It is a good wine, well balanced (a bit disappointed for the alcohol), with a nice intensity and lasting on the palate. It is still rich and enjoyable the day after the uncorking. As said, the wine is still developing, so even if you can already enjoy now, there is potential for ageing. Well, don’t be too greedy taking this bottle for ages, we are still talking of a 10 pounds nectar; miracles are generally more expensive!