Dourthe Essence de Dourthe 2008
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This intensely dark wine is distinguished by its deep, bright colour. The powerful nose exudes a complex bouquet of fresh red fruit, intermingled with vanilla, sandalwood and black pepper notes. The wine is full on the palate, revealing fine-grained tannins and impressive, unctuous character. The ripe fruit is enhanced by attractive freshness and a spicy, delicately oaked finish. Tasting this harmonious blend - remarkable for its power, delicate quality and purity - is extended by its long finish, full of potential, indicating a very great wine.
This is a branded wine produced from the very best lots that the Dourthe firm owns, which includes some well-known chateaux such as Le Boscq in St.-Estephe, La Garde in Pessac-Leognan, Belgrave in the Medoc, and Grand Barrail in St.-Emilion. Only 500 cases are made, and the 2008 is a beauty. Dense purple, with loads of black currant fruit intermixed with hints of coffee bean, tobacco leaf, and licorice, the wine is medium to full-bodied and concentrated, with sweet tannin. Even though this is a branded negociant wine, it is at the highest level of quality and should age nicely for at least a decade.
Score: 90, Robert Parker, May 2011
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