Château Quattre – Les Carrals 2009 – Cahors

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Very intense colour here, this is almost black, almost opaque. Really covering the glass, looking really young. Pure nose with a high degree of ripeness. This is clearly speaking about that inky colour. I would talk about inky dark fruit as well such as cassis, blueberries, blackberries. Really pure and fruity, there is really no hint of oak. Just a lot of ripe fruit. There is a good intensity, but it still appears youthful, without any aged aromas. Very high concentration on the palate, dense core of dark fruit. I feel this is a wine that is just about to open up. I still get those lovely nuances of inky, dark fruit all of those crushed dark berries. There is a fine herbal spiciness in the background, like sage, mint. Once again no evident oak. There is a good level of acidity as well so it appears quite massive, but I think it actually has a good drinkability. With finely grained tannins. Very long after taste, persistent and lingering. Very nice wine. I would say it is pretty drinkable today. I would pour it in a decanter for twenty minutes and with a huge piece of cote de beauf it really should do the job well. But it will doubtlessly develop for ten, fifteen or twenty more years, for whoever has that patience.

Tasted by the Best Sommelier of the World, Andreas Larsson.