Wednesday, January 14, 2009

2000 Château de Gironville

Type: Red
Producer: Château de Gironville
Variety: Red Bordeaux Blend
Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
SubRegion: Médoc
Appellation: Haut-Médoc

The Little Wooden Guy is a little disappointed. This wasn't bad, but it wasn't particularly good, either, and really, with all the good wine in the world, why bother with something less?

Night One

The nose is a little closed, but if you give it some time and some air, it stars to release some odors. Black fruit is in the forefront, mulberry, blackcurrant and a little blueberry. There is also a hint of cedar and just the beginnings of some peppermint.

The palate is a bit thin. The over-riding fruit is plum, plum skins and tart barely ripe fruit, and some sour blackberries. Some cigar box and violets appear on the mid-palate. Tannins are dusty but pretty well integrated with the fruit. The finish is short, it falls off a bit too quickly.

Night Two

Florals come to the fore on Night Two, lilac and roses, with an undercurrent of black fruits.

On the palate, plum skins and blackberries open the attack, rose petals merge into plum skins and a hint of peppermint on the mid-palate. The finish is long, but mostly sour. Mouth-feel is a bit thin.

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