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Screen Shot 2014-12-21 at 12.03.17 PMThroughout your life when forming memories you use your senses and taste and smell can sometimes be the strongest. Whenever you travel you taste different cultures food and wine and for me all it takes is an imported bottle of French Bordeaux that tastes just right to take me back there. I know when we were there that I really enjoyed the Haut-Medoc AOC, they were all deep dark complex reds.

For those of you that do not know, in France they name their wine by the land and the area that it is made and in the United States we go by varietal (i.e. Cabernet Sauvignon, or Merlot). There is an ongoing debate on which is better and for me I really do not care but it was pretty funny when we were at a Christmas party recently and the lady ordered “Pinot.” The one bartender looked at the other and said “that’s white wine, right?” I know if some of us can’t even know that Pinot could mean a wide variety of grapes and the two most common are Pinot Grigio (white) and Pinot Noir (red), then we really wouldn’t be able to get white and red Bordeaux straight. But I digress.

This brings me to the 2011 Moulin De La Lagune Red Bordeaux from the Haut-Medoc region. I got this one from Underground Cellar through My French Cellar, where the wine is still available. If you want this wine after this review and My French Cellar says they do not ship to your state contact them because they got a license to Virginia just for me.

This wine is 49% Merlot, 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 3% Petit Verdot according to the back of the bottle. The reason I say that is because it is different on the My French Cellar website. Here are the tasting notes from My French Cellar:

A very beautiful dark ruby in colour. On the palate, it opens with frank notes of fruit, a beautiful texture integrated well with soft and fine tannins. Very characteristic of the 2011 vintage with lovely length in the finish. Fresh and sapid.

What did I think?

Color – Deep dark red.

Nose – Black cherry, with notes of Mocha and almost Cinnamon.

Taste – Black currant with mocha again but it also has some nice earthy notes.

Finish – Long with medium to high acid and very bold tannins.

Overall, this wine is very good. I like the bold fruit flavors that are balanced with a slight earthiness to it. It is bold and full-bodied with the heartiness that makes it your perfect prime rib or grilled steak wine. It is complex and balanced. I highly recommend this one.

Rating: A

~Justin