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Chateau De La Huste Fronsac 2010

Recommendation: Not recommended.

Winery/Producer:Chateau De La Huste.

Grape Variety: Bordeaux blend: 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Geographic Region, Appellation: Fronsac; Bordeaux, France.

Vintage: 2010

Price: $15.99 (with a 20% discount)

Purchased From: Total Wine; Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Paired With: Parmesan chicken; olive oil, garlic and Parmesan pasta, and spinach and sweet potato salad with oil, lemon and garlic dressing.

Tasting:

    He said: Decanted 20-minutes before drinking. Clear, dark ruby red color. Cherry and dark fruit aromas with hints of alcohol (the alcohol was quite strong, actually dominating for the first two pours). Ripe plum and tobacco taste that turns quite quickly into a puckering mouth-feel and dry, bitter long finish. In a nutshell, it’s not pleasant wine…at best it’s “not bad”. This is one of those “in between” red wines that is OK with the food, but pretty poor drinking alone. Sipping after dinner it was very, very dry, quite acidic, and had a very lingering bitter finish. I would call it disappointing.

    She said: Although dark rich red in color this wine betrayed itself with its alcohol dominated bouquet from the first sniff. The bland flavor that followed did not redeem the wine nor did its lack of smoothness or bitter finish. The best characteristics of this wine were its dryness and medium-soft tannins. In spite of its short comings the wine was good with the chicken and excellent with the salad but it still does not make it into my “to buy again list”.

    Comments: I see on the internet Total Wine has lowered the price to a non-discounted $14.98

Alcohol: 14.5%

Bar code: 6 49944 12282

Imported by: Saranty Imports; White Plains, New York