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Friday, 29 October 2010

A Bordeaux Looking for Love - Chateau Lamour, 2007 Castillon Cotes de Bordeaux

Chateau Lamour is one of the wines of Francoise and Philippe Lannoye of Vignobles Lannoye - based just outside the city of Saint-Emilion, they have vineyards in four nearby areas; St-Emilion, Puisseguin St-Emilion plus two in Castillon.

Their Chateau Lamour site has 13 hectares of vines on clay silt and sandy soils, most of which is given to Merlot vines with an average age of 40 years.

The wine itself is 100% Merlot and undergoes a long fermentation before aging in oak for 12 months.

Very dark in the glass, it has a wonderfully full, rich nose of blackcurrant, toasty oak, liquorice, spice with truffley hints of forest floor. On the palate there is more concentrated dark berry fruit, dark cherries, and vanilla sweetness with a soft, full texture; good balanced acidity and tannic grip on the finish which is impressively long.

Unfortunately, this wine is not yet available in the UK - hence "looking for love" - but hopefully will be soon.

It has a bronze medal from Decanter.

Provided for review.

Links

Vignobles Lannoye - http://www.vignobles-lannoye.com/eng/index.html

Decanter awards - http://www.decanter.com/dwwa

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