I rather feel this Bordeaux can be best summarised by its main attributes - a Bordeaux from 2011 made with oversight from consultant oenologist Michel Rolland that has won a stack of medals.
It is a very well-made entry-level Bordeaux with all the polish, assuredness and ripe, easy-drinking character you would expect from a Michel Rolland wine.
But 2011 was a cool year, so it lacks some of the substance of, say, the 2009 which I reviewed a while ago - but that's just vintage variation.
Overall, it is a pleasant, juicy and accomplished Merlot that is gently infused, the fruits more red than brambly, with only a gentle oaking; for early drinking, rather than cellaring.
A textbook example of how to make good wine in a cooler year, there is nothing not to like here.
The best food matches are perhaps more Burgundian than Bordelais - duck breast, salami or game terrine.
£9.99 from Sainsbury's; provided for review.
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