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Château De La Grave Caractere 2012 Wine Review

Château De La Grave Caractere 2012

Château De La Grave Caractere 2012

Côtes De Bourg, Bordeaux A.C., France

Community Score:92/100

Community Reviews: 4

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Price: $19.95

Drink: 2014-2020

Bottle size: 750 ml

Alcohol: 13.5%

Sweetness: Dry

Wine Type: Red Wine

Winery: Château De La Grave

Agent: Ex-Cellars Wine Services

Natalie's Score: 91/100

Very sexy Merlot on the nose and palate from the sensational 2012 vintage. Seductive aromas of fleshy black plums and blackberries with some clove dust mingling in between. Pleasingly grip yet it's velvet smooth. Decant 1-2 hours. Pair with veal chops. Exceptional for the price.

Food pairings: pork tenderloin en croute, stuffed roast breast of veal, hearty root vegetable stew.

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This Château De La Grave Caractere 2012 was reviewed on May 28, 2016 by Natalie MacLean

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Jane Staples - Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 92/100 with the following review:

Dark garnet with enticing nose of ripe plums, cherries, vanilla, leather, licorice, dried herbs and slight smoke, repeated on the extra-dry palate. Smooth, elegant, finely integrated with long herbal finish.
This 2012 Bordeaux is a blend of 80% Merlot, and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. It's aged for a year in oak barrels. This Bordeaux red wine is produced by Philippe & Valérie Bassereau. Perfect for elegant dinner parties on a budget. - Community Wine Reviews

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