Sue Courtney wrote:Chateau Bouscasse 2002
Deeper purple black. Meaty, earthy, dried herb aromas with seasoned oak and hints of blackberry then in the palate cassis and sweet cedary oak cruise above an earthy, wild bramble backbone. It shows some maturity, the powerful tannins are dry, and pepper, liquorice and fruitcake spices linger on the bright, lifted finish with the dried herb characters coming through again on the lingering aftertaste. Full-bodied and intense with a French rusticity throughout, it's made from 65% Tannat, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc with 12-14 months in 1-2 year old oak. 14% alc. NZ$31.40.
Tim York wrote:Some people, particular those ITB like the couple who organised that tasting, are fervent admirers of Madiran and claim that Montus Prestige and Bouscassé VV are the equals of, say, Château Latour, at a fraction of the price ...
Tim York wrote:It looks from your notes as if I should take a look at Brumont’s more recent vintages.
ClarkDGigHbr wrote:Sue, I have a bottle of the 2001 Ch. Bouscasse that I plan to drink soon, so I was very interested to read your notes. I am curious as to your source for the details on the blend percentages and oak aging. My pre-tasting notes simply state this wine would be a blend of those three grapes, but I had no further details available to me.
Thanks -- Clark
Paul B. wrote:Sue, many thanks for the amazing notes. I love wines like these, for wine is not only something I drink for taste but for its health-giving properties too - and as you probably know, I love Tannat.
I think the Bouscasse might be available in Ontario - must take a look.
Paul B. wrote:Sue - lo and behold, I already have had it!
Over a year ago, to be precise: My note on the '00 Bouscassé
Knew the name sounded familiar