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Château Reysson (France) Haut-Médoc 2002
The wine world is currently obsessed with Bordeaux's new babies, the vintage 2005 wines, shown to the world for the first time last week. I was there, and tasted 250 wines full of potential, but young, tannic and very hard work at present. How nice then, to go back to a mature example of Bordeaux from a lesser year, but one which provides lovely drinking right now, with no need to cellar. This Cru Bourgeois has an open and attractive nose, flooded with charming berry and bramble fruit and a delicious undertow of coffee and pencil-shavings. The palate has creamy, forward, lip-smacking fruit with a chocolaty depth, plenty of plush, ripe berries, and a very nice supporting structure of cedary, fine tannins and refreshing cherry skin acidity. There is plenty of soft, east fruit here, but also fine structure and a supple, savoury edge. If Spring lamb is on the menu, this wine is just made for it. 9.99 Tesco.