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WTN: 2000 Chateau Les Hauts de Caillevel Bergerac

Jean Brislance

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2000 Chateau Les Hauts de Caillevel Bergerac – A bargain bin find at a local shop. Dark red in color. Initially, loads of bell pepper on the nose, with some fresh tarragon, and dark fruits. Flavors are pretty earthy, with notes of black cherry, plum, licorice, and herbs, but overall the flavors are pretty lean and stemmy. Lighter bodied, with somewhat austere tannins. Over time, the bell pepper on the nose blew off somewhat (thank goodness…I hate bell pepper aromas in wine! :hmmm: ), revealing a more perfumed and floral dark fruit on the nose, and it added some weight on the palate as well. It did improve some, but it is still a pretty simple and uninspiring wine. I have a 2001 of this too, so I will have to see if that one is better. A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 40% Merlot.

All the best,


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