Domaine du Bouscat Bordeaux Superieur Caduce 2010
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Wine AdvocateThe largest cuvee of wine is the 2010 Caduce, a blend of 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest equal parts Malbec and Cabernet Franc, bottled unfined and unfiltered. Now get this - it finished at 15% natural alcohol, so you're dealing with a very ripe style, even though this vintage is renowned for its relatively high alcohols. But the pHs, or strength of the acidities, of these wines are relatively impressive, giving them a freshness that belies their alcoholic clout. The Caduce displays breathtaking blue and black fruits, some sweet licorice and charcoal notes, a dense ruby/purple color, medium to full body, beautiful purity and a silky texture. Drink it over the next 3-4 years.
Wine SpectatorThis lets a dusting of cocoa slowly meld into the core of plum and blackberry fruit, while singed mesquite and espresso notes emerge more on the finish. Solid grip runs throughout. Drink now through 2017.