“Classified growth-like quality” – Robert Parker. Château Bolaire has the specificity of containing 40% of Petit Verdot - a grape usually used in small quantity to add elegance and structure to a wine. As a result, it might be “only” a Bordeaux Supérieur but it clearly punches above its weight. It displays a toasty nose and powerful flavours of black cherries, and tannins are really well integrated. This quality is a steal at that price!
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|Wine Characteristics||When & how to drink?|
Château Bolaire - Famille Mulliez
Dry Red wine
40% Petit Verdot
15% Cabernet Sauvignon
from now to 2020
1 hour before serving
Grilled red meat, mushrooms, roasted potatoes with herbs.
41 years old
90% in oak barrels, 10% in vats for 12 months
|What experts say|
87-88/100 "This dense ruby/purple-hued 2011 displays attractive floral and black currant aromas, abundant fruit and classified growth-like quality. It is another convincing example of how a well-run estate overcomes the challenges of a tough year. Drink it over the next 5-6 years."
16/20 "Very dark crimson. Clean, fresh, mildly toasty nose. Really very creditable and apparently ripe. Then an attractive fresh, dry finish. Good balance. Light tannins suggest a reasonably early maturity."
88-91/100 "This is full and round, with a frame of roasted spice caressing the dark plum and raspberry fruit. Nice sleek, graphite-tinged finish. Solid."
2* - Remarkable wine