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A young and austere Bordeaux, for a fairly small price.
Bordeaux wines are world renowned. Unfortunately some producers can ride the fame of Bordeaux with below average wines; especially when it comes to entry-level products. The Ch. Puyfromage is just that kind of wine. I found the wine very approachable to start, with pleasant aromas of raspberry, of blackcurrant, of oak and peppery spices. In mouth, the wine aggressive, the tannins are young and very firm, and the strong acidity is biting. You may say that this can be expected of young Bordeaux blends that get better as they mature; but it will not be that way for the 2011 Ch. Puyfromage in my opinion. There isn't any complexity, with the aromas of the nose being hardly found in the mouth; the substance is thin and this creates an imbalance in the wine, nothing good if you are looking to age the wine. The finish persists on grape stem notes; in a green or under ripe fashion.
Château Puyfromage, S.C.E. Puyfromage
Côtes de Bordeaux
Bordeaux Blend: merlot - cab. franc - cab. sauvignon
Available at the LCBO : 14.85$
and at the SAQ : 17.85$ (also available at the SAQ Dépôt)
Style : 3/5 - Value : 2/5