RKS Wine: The Bordeaux River Keeps on Flowing

There is no shortage of Bordeaux reds flowing into Ontario at the Liquor Control Board of Ontario. It is not a waterfall as the LCBO attempts to please all with a bit of this and a bit of that and none of many.

At $19.95 there is a Château Tour Castillon from the Médoc which is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Carmenère.

As for aromatics the first thing you might notice is the lushness of the Merlot and the exoticism of the Petit Verdot. I would venture at least 50% Merlot and 8% Petit Verdot but no such information is on the label. Loads of black cherry and some cassis. On the palate there are noticeable tannins but they retain their moderate nature at least initially. Black cherry again! If only the inviting aromatics could translate into an exceptional wine! The tannins gain more steam and begin to interfere with the palate. This is a wine that dashes your hopes on the rocks.

(Château Tour Castillon 2016 AC Médoc Cru Bourgeois, Earl des Vignobles, Peyruse, Gironde, France, $19.95, LCBO # 22949, 750 mL, 13.5%, Robert K. Stephen A Little Birdie Told Me So Rating 84/100).

I am at odds with James Suckling on this one who gives it a 92! Yikes!

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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