Glen Carlou Grand Classique 2009
Bordeaux Red Blends
from South Africa
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This is Glen Carlou's signature red wine. Rich ruby red in color this wine has aromas of red cherry with hints of young black fruits and oak. Flavors of black cured cherries, with layers of dark chocolate and tobacco with spice. The tannins are beautifully proportioned with mild toasted almond.
Blend: 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Petit Verdot, 16% Malbec, 16% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc
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"The 2009 Grand Classique is a blend of 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Petit Verdot, 16% Malbec, 16% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc aged in new and used barrel for 18 months. It has a lifted bouquet of raspberry and dark plum aromas that needs to develop more complexity. The palate is medium-bodied with a sweet, kirsch-tinged entry. The acidity is very well entwined with the bright redcurrant and strawberry fruit that leads to a bright, vibrant finish. Perhaps not a long term Grand Classique, but this is well crafted."
The Wine Advocate
"Notes of cocoa and oak-derived spice add depth to the ripe, dark fruit core of this wine. Black berry, cherry and plum flavors abound on the plush palate, framed by firm tannins and a thick, supple texture. Gripping plum-skin and cigar-box notes linger long on the finish.
"Good full, dark red. Deep, vinous, claret-like aromas of cassis, black cherry, tobacco, mocha, earth and sexy oak. Silky on entry, then firm and bright in the middle, offering intense dark berry and chocolatey oak flavors complicated by a loamy nuance. A bit youthfully clenched but already shows insidious sweetness. Energetic and light on its feet, finishing with a serious tannic backbone. Obviously a very good vintage for this bottling, but this will need time. A lot of wine for the price.
International Wine Cellar
The top 3 most liked reviews for this wine.
Quite a nice wine, excellent for everyday drinking. Have bought more and probably will again in the future.
Good smooth red that mimics a Bordeaux
Smooth & Supple
Never smoothed out, a little harsh at first, let it breathe and still a bit harsh.
This is a wonderful well-crafted Bordeaux blend from the Paarl region of South Africa. Wonderful dark fruit with undertones of mocha and tobacco make this a wonderful wine. Great wine for the price.
Earthy & Spicy
Beef > Herbs
Agree with RP - simple but pleasant wine for daily consumptions that is properly priced
Falls short of classic South Africa blends. I found it a chore to drink, but drink it I did.
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