May 20, 2008

Château Tour De Biot 2004

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This wine from a little-known house in Bordeaux has been created by fourth-generation owner Gilles Gremen in La Roquille since 1987. Before he took over, the wines went to a local co-operative rather than being bottled under its own name. I sampled this wine during a private dinner at Easter Elchies House on The Macallan Estate near Aberlour, Scotland.

Château Tour De Biot 2004

This Bordeaux is a blend of 60% merlot, 30% cabernet sauvignon, and 10% cabernet franc.

The flavor is round, rich and bold with stone fruit flavors -- plum, cherry. Soft tannins and a lingering finish with a hint of cinnamon.

It is one of the region's better bargain wines, retailing for about $11.

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