Eyes: clear, deep ruby, legs
Nose: clean, med+ intensity, youthful, blackberry, plum, spice, oak, cola, earth, mint, eucalyptus
Mouth: dry, med+ acid, med+ coarse tannin, med+ alcohol, med body, med flavour intensity, long finish, savoury, black cherry, black fruits
All in all: Good quality (apparently on the higher end of such): a long finish is complemented by a balanced structure. Age can both add character to the average complexity and soften the slightly rough tannin. Can drink now, but has potential for ageing.
Identity guess: High-priced Merlot from Chile; 2 years old. (although I was TRICKED, I TELL YOU)
Is really: High-priced left bank Bordeaux from France; 4 years old.
[Tasted during WSET Diploma class – Section 1 – Week 4]
Hi. Welcome back to the onslaught of me guessing all these blind tasted wines are from Chile, like the mother who constantly guesses your taste of the opposite gender. Ha.
As I said, the instructor accidentally flashed the identity of the wine on the slideshow – and then switched the order of the wines (without us knowing) to at least mix it up. The only thing I saw on the screen was “Merlot” (it was really “Cabernet Merlot” – bah) so the whole time I was essentially trying to guess where this “Merlot” was from.
Initially I thought this had to be from the New World. The texture of the wine was quite lush, and although the components that the instructor got (e.g. med+ acid, med+ tannin) pointed to a stronger structure, my original assessment had both on medium, but this could very well have been the “Merlot” priming. Gah.
That being said, 2009 was a ripe year with good concentration. Other recent examples have shown similar patterns, and this was no exception, although I could’ve sworn that the Château Potensac we had a couple of weeks ago showed higher levels of tannin. Bah. I’m tired. I need more rest before these stressful bouts of… sitting down and tasting wine. Wow, okay.
Could this age? My first impressions say no: my purported assessment of a medium structure and balance of primary and secondary characteristics say drink now, but the apparent structure, rougher tannins, and good concentration tell me that a couple of years could do a thing or two. I believe it.
Producer: Baron Philippe de Rothschild
Designation: “Baron Nathaniel”
Sub-Region: Pauillac AOC, Bordeaux
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon (80%); Merlot (10%); Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot (10%)
Tasted: May 1, 2013