French blend needs a little time to open up
When I tried the 2010 Chevalier du Grand Loc Cotes du Duras it offered mixed impressions.
The first day it seemed muted, and was driven more by earth aromas and flavors than fruit. Because this is a merlot/cabernet sauvignon blend, I expected a bit more flesh, especially because the wine is a 2010 vintage and originates from an area next to Bordeaux.
On the second day, this wine popped with a rounded fruit impression, refined and long tannins, and quite a nice flavor that married well with the inviting nose. At that point I knew it was a winner.
A little bit about the region: Duras is east of St. Emilion, and the soils here are limestone as opposed to the gravel of nearby Bordeaux.
This winery is owned by Pauillac’s Vincent Lataste, and he reuses barrels from that place for a bit of wood aging for this wine.
Smartly, this wine is available in six-pack wood cases, costing $10 a bottle. This is a drinker and can age for three years. I do suggest two hours of air, but given the quality, flavor and package, I think this will make the value drinker happy. Contact Cutting Edge in Cincinnati if your place does not have it.
Roger Gentile is the owner of Gentile’s, the Wine Sellers – www.gentiles.com – and the author of two books on wine.