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|This large vineyard close to the Margaux appellation has been producing a Haut-Médoc of a steady quality for years. Since the 1980's, when their wine was powerful and tannic, winemaking in Château Citran has evolved to something much easier and quite subtle.
The 2010 is no exception and shows an elegant and powerful complexity with notes of dark fruit and toast. Its intense finish will make happy all wine amateurs. A typical Cru Bourgeois that we would all love to see in our cellar.
|Wine Characteristics||Tasting and cellaring|
|Domain||Château Citran||Eye||Intense and clear dark ruby/purple|
|Vintage||2010||Nose||Black fruits and toasted notes|
|Appellation||Haut-Médoc Cru Bourgeois||Mouth||Elegant, fine and racey. Long and powerful on the palate,|
|Area||Bordeaux||fresh and onctuous in the mouth. Lingering finish|
|Grapes||Merlot (55%) Cabernet Sauvignon (42%)||Drink before||2022|
|Cabernet Franc (3%)||Open||2 hours before|
|Beef stew and chocolate fondant|
|A word about the domain|
|Chateau Citran is a fabulous estate of 400 hectares in the south of Médoc (the Principality of Monaco could fit twice in the estate!) with about 90 hectares of vines. If anything, this is the proof that quality can rhyme with quantity, which Citran have proven for a long time now. Within the Merlaut familly since 1996, it is today managed by a woman, Céline Villars, and the wines have intelligently evolved in the last few years to become more dense but still very elegant and easy to drink relatively young.|
|What experts say|
|About the domain
Bettane & Dessauve: 2* (Serious and steady production)
About the wine
Jancis Robinson: 16.5+ (21 Nov 2012 by RH)
"Ripe and rounded. Lovely richness, with the oak only just noticeable. Finishes very tannic - but it feels right that way. Pepper spice.."
Robert Parker: 88 (Wine Advocate #205, Feb 2013)
"A sleeper of the vintage, this is a serious wine offering up oodles of licorice, incense, black currants and Christmas fruitcake notes in a medium to full-bodied, attractive, spicy style. Dark ruby/purple, this well-made wine should be drunk over the next decade or more."
Wine Spectator: 90 (Issue: Web Only - 2013)
"Ripe and engaging, with dark, juicy plum and boysenberry fruit liberally studded with anise, cocoa and tar notes that hang through the well-structured finish. Should age well in the near-term."
Decanter: 16 (April 2011)
“Deep cassis fruit, rich flavours and a freshness that will remain for this always reliable wine."
Bettane & Dessauve: 15
La Revue du Vin de France: 15/20
|And finally for the wine geeks…|
|Soil type||Sandy gravelly soils and marly chalky soils|
|Age of the vines||30 years old|
|Maturing||Oak barrels (38% new barrels)|
|Aging||12 months in barrels|
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